Young People Are War-Mongering Environmentalists


Today’s youngsters are just so puzzling. What with their groovy outfits, jive-talking slang, and portable telephones, we don’t know what to make of these whippersnappers. And recently, our confusion was compounded by two head-scratchin’ articles.

On Tuesday, The New York Times reported that more young people than one might think support the war in Iraq:

Forty-eight percent of Americans 18 to 29 years old said the United States did the right thing in taking military action against Iraq, while 45 percent said the United States should have stayed out. That is in sharp contrast to the opinions of those 65 and older, who have lived through many other wars. Twenty eight percent of that age group said the United States did the right thing, while 67 percent said the United States should have stayed out.

And an article in Newsweek said that young people think we need to act fast on global warming:

There's no question that young people have woken up to the realities of global warming. A new poll from Gallup shows that 44 percent of those between the ages of 18 and 34 believe we need to take "immediate, drastic" action on the environment, compared with 38 percent of those between the ages of 35 and 54, and 33 percent of those 55 and older. A higher percentage of young people also say they understand global warming well and believe it results from human activities as opposed to natural changes in the environment.

Well golly gee. Here were thinking that you couldn’t be pro-war and pro-environment! What will they think of next? Could it be that young people are misunderstood? I mean, who do these kids think they are, Holden Caulfield all of a sudden?

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