What inspired you to crash the San Francisco "peace" rally?
We thought it would be a great opportunity to see the left in its unalloyed perversity. The left is very skillful when it comes to hiding their true beliefs. They know they can't compete in the marketplace of ideas, so instead they like to work in secret. The mainstream media does a great job of covering for them, witness the plethora of stories about the NRA, about pro-lifers, about the tobacco lobby, while never a word about the NEA, the eco-terrorists, and the ideological McCarthyism at our universities to give a few examples. So we thought this protest would be a rare opportunity to see leftists out in the open, unabashedly hawking their true core beliefs.
Why did you think that would be entertaining?
We must admit we get a certain high from puncturing the moral self-righteousness of leftists. These people claim to have a monopoly on what is good, their entire self-esteem depends on it. So we like to take their premises to their logical conclusions, and show them that the policies they endorse actually lead to what they're purportedly against. For example, take our sign "Saddam only kills his own people. It's none of our business." A sign like that strikes at their ill-conceived mental constructs, because it's pointing out that their anti-war view on Iraq is very selfish and isolationist. And when this is pointed out to them, it forces them to acknowledge that they are really not for what's good, but that their ideology is based on something far less noble - that in fact they have a hatred of what's good. Witness that the two countries on this planet that stand most for 'liberal' values, the United States and Israel, are the two countries leftists despise the most. As to why they feel this way, it's something we're still trying to figure out.
Do you enjoy needling the Left?
It depends. Some leftists may be genuine about wanting to help people, they just have bad data. With them, it is a pleasure to educate them and help them, it's like bringing someone out of darkness into the light of truth -- akin to saving souls. But the other kind, the hard-core emotional based leftists, the kind where you look into their eyes and see confusion, anger, hatred, we just feel sorry for them, and all you can do is work to create a society where they have no power. And the way to do that is to reduce the role of the State in human affairs as much as possible. Evil is impotent on its own, and we want to do everything we can to cordon them off from decent society.
Why are you for going to war in Iraq?
The primary reason of course is national security. September 11 was a clarion call that America faces a new threat, a threat perhaps even more dangerous than the Soviet Union. That threat is Islamo-fascism.
Now due to a successful campaign in Afghanistan, the Taliban is no more, and Al-Qaeda was largely disrupted. We can also feel proud about removing Saddam and his murderous regime from the face of the earth, a humanitarian and benevolent act by any standard of morality. However, it is not enough to simply go after the terrorists and the tyrants, we must also change the conditions in which they thrive.
The reality is that Muslims are no different than any other group of people, in that when a society is run by tyranny, when there is no economic, social or civil liberty, this breeds frustration, poverty, alienation, and fear. The people in these countries, rather than look to themselves as the cause of their problems, instead need a scapegoat, an enemy, which the dictator is always happy to provide.
Take the issue of the Palestinians. The Arabs have six million square miles of land. They could give their Palestinian brothers a state tomorrow, and with one day's oil profits give every one of them a bar of gold. Instead, the Arab dictators prop up Arafat and his loathsome gang of oppressors, and brainwash their people to be pure monsters. When mothers happily send their children off to bomb buses and schools, this is not based on any rational grievance. No, this is endemic of a sick, utterly immoral, anti-life culture that serves only one purpose: to keep tyrants in power.
For the last 50 years, Israel has been the shock absorbers for Western Civilization, taking the blows, fighting the fight. But Islamic fundamentalism has escalated this war into a global clash of civilizations. It's similar to the Cold War in that it is Freedom vs. Statism, but what makes it even more dangerous is that Islamic terrorists are so utterly irrational, so willing to kill just for the sake of killing. This menace must be stopped.
So the best reason for going to war with Iraq is that it is time to start draining the swamp of Islamo-fascism. If we see this through, the rebuilding of Iraq as a free republic, then it is our hope that it will become a paragon of hope for that benighted region.
This is the only way we will ever achieve real national security. But it is more than just about our safety. It is about the moral duty of the greatest country in the history of this planet, the United States of America, to bring freedom to all corners of the globe. And we are the only ones capable of doing it.
Ultimately this is not a military battle, but a war of ideas, a clash of two diametrically opposed value systems: free markets and rule of law versus statist dictatorships and rule of men. That's why Iraq has become a line in the desert sand between those who want liberty and those who want power, and that is why we must prevail...
Have you been politically active? If so what other activities have you done?
We've always been political junkies, but we've never had any official political jobs. We're just a couple of citizens who can't sit on our hands any longer and let the left get away with what it does. And since the Republican party is sure to continue its tradition of weak and uninspiring ads, it's time for the grassroots to pick up the slack.
What's your background (education, employment, etc.)?
Kfir graduated with two degrees, computer engineering and film production and was recently working for a startup in Silicon Valley designing networking chips. He currently lives in Austin and works on Maestro Concierge, a business started by Kfir and his brother.
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Do most of your friends agree with you on Iraq and the war on terrorism? Has it strained any relationships?
Most of our friends agree with us, and even the few that don't see eye to eye with us politically love our approach. However, my girlfriend has liberal roots and sometimes gives me a run for my money. But in the end, she never had a chance.