It probably goes without saying that trying to explain the why’s and wherefore’s of the Iraq War to a second-grader is like trying to rationalize why the nation is obsessed with Britney Spears – no matter how simply or clearly the words come out of your mouth, you just can’t find a way to have it make sense.
But that’s what I found myself doing on the drive to school recently — about the war, not Britney!
I usually don’t turn on the local news radio station when PunditGirl is in the car, but I slipped and was listening to stories about the then-unreleased Petraeus Report.
“Where is there a war, Mama?” asked PunditGirl? “Why are they fighting?”
I smiled ruefully to myself and thought, now THAT’S the $64,000 question.
I tried as best as I could, in language that was not too colored by my own opinions, to explain to her that some people, including the President, thought it was a way to help the people in Iraq with their problems. I made sure to include that many people, like me, thought it was a bad idea and that the people in Iraq might do better if they tried to figure things out for themselves, especially when it meant that so many of our soldiers had to fight and die there.
Silence ensued in the back seat.
Then, as only a seven-year-old could, PunditGirl very logically proclaimed:
“Why don’t they just sit down and talk about their problems and have some cake?”
‘Cause you know if chatting over a little cake can solve the problems of second-graders, why shouldn’t it work for grown-ups?
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