I have impeckable liberal credentials. I protested in the 60's (both civil rights and the war) and have stood to most of "the causes" (except for the "blue darter" in some mountain stream somewhere). For the life of me, I don't get the confusion. We are under attack. After 9/11, I'm not sure what to make of peace protesting New Yorkers. It's is one thing to take a philosophical position, behind safe borders but it's quite another to see 3000 of your fellow Americans get killed.
We are not fighting for oil, or trying to snuff out Islam or engaging in international adventurism for political reasons or even doing the humanitarian thing (anyone remember the thanks we got for Somalia?). We are in the fight of our (recent) life; not only for our way-of-life, but for our very life.
I hope it ends quickly, but I hope the message get through; We will help anyone who needs and asks for it. But don't abuse us, for we will strike back.