“How is it that many who oppose the war in Iraq can claim that they 'support the troops, but not the war'? If you 'support the troops' are you not providing aid and comfort to the home team?” asked Ben Daise, professor of philosophy, in his editorial titled “Tricky to back troops but not war” in the Jan. 7 Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.
Daise explained how “passive support” is for that person to “have or express a positive attitude” toward an issue, such as the troops.
“Insofar as much 'support for the troops' is passive support, there is nothing inconsistent about the war opponents' claim that they 'support the troops, but not the war,'” concluded Daise. “If the support of the troops becomes active, though, the war opponents' position would become inconsistent. They would be supporting the war effort.”