Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Chickenhawks

I wish I designed this brilliant piece:

Chickenhawk Database: Chickenhawks : We the few, the rich, the elite. Born to kill not serve.

It's from The Newhampshire Gazette and provides the following definition:

Chickenhawk n. A person enthusiastic about war, provided someone else fights it; particularly when that enthusiasm is undimmed by personal experience with war; most emphatically when that lack of experience came in spite of ample opportunity in that person’s youth.


The site has a whole run down of Chickenhawks broken into categories from "Chickenhawk Headquarters" to the "Chaplain Corps" to the "Propaganda Platoon." Kos, riffng off Gilliard, has a great post today on these Chickenhawks who think the war is great as long as someone else is doing the fighting and dying:

The War Preachers like Dobson and Falwell celebrate war, but refuse to urge their flock to enlist and fight. The War Pundits and Politicians hide behind tough rhetoric, so butch and manly, but refuse to beam calls for personal sacrifice. And the 101st Fighting Keyboardists cheerlead from the sidelines, but are too cowardly to urge their readers to put principles over personal safety. They claim the "Islamofascist" cause is the greatest we face, but none put words into actions. Why then, should anyone take them seriously?


Good point. Why should anyone take them seriously? If this is such a just war, they should join up. If the "war on terra" is so important, they should sign up their sons and daughters. If killing "the rag heads" is such a Christian thing to do, why aren't they recruiting from their flocks for Uncle Sam?

Because they are Chickenhawk hypocrites.