I’m not green and I’m not going to be green. I’m not telling Iran how to run its business because I don’t know enough about the politics over there right now to pick a side. The only two things I’ll speak out against in another country’s business are genocide and crimes against Israel.
Beyond that I’ve been around politics enough of my life to know that the fellows who are the good guys today might well be the guys we go to war with twenty years down the road. Would I have greened my avatar for Sadaam Hussein 30 years ago when he was “our guy”?
Until last night I was completely fine with just letting other folks green their avatars and not making a big deal about it. As someone else told me, it’s not that different from the whole Yellow Ribbon thing. But then a fellow I follow twittered something about how if we’d all done this in 2000 maybe Bush wouldn’t have been elected president.
That got in my craw. First, because he compared our peerless democratic system to the lawlessness and shamness of Iranian ‘Democracy’. Second, because he seemed to think that getting involved in someone else’s quarrell was striking some blow for freedom. And he’s very much against the Iraq war. So these blows for freedom are good only if they involve something as painstaking as a five-second token gesture. Once it comes time to put blood and money where his mouth is, it’s no longer something that matters that much.
I’m an all or nothing girl. If I support you, I throw my full measure into the ring. I would literally die for you. Since that’s the way I view support, I’m naturally hesitant to throw around my “support” lightly and without knowing all the facts.
So my libertarian self is staying out of it and my internet photos are not being tinted by any colour.