Monday, November 06, 2006

For Everyone Out There...

...with a bumper sticker that has some variation of the word "WAR" with a red line through it similar to this one I saw on a car yesterday...

Roger Simon:
"You may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you."
-- Leon Trotsky
It's fine to be against war. Nobody wants to be at war, nobody wants our nation to attack another nation for political gain or expansion.

But to be against war that already exists, and has existed not just since 9/11 but for decades even while the Cold War was still raging, is to be as shortsighted as I am nearsighted without my contacts.

We can't just decide to stop making war and pull away. The war will follow us here. Again. And again. And we were never the aggressors in the way our enemies are. We can't just stop and leave. We have to finish what we started.

"War - what is it good for? Absolutely nothing."

Yeah, that's right. When you're the one perpetuating it. In this case it isn't war, it's self-defense as surely as Normandy and Hiroshima were self-defense back in the 40's. If our enemies were to suddenly say, "We give - we're tired of fighting. Go ahead, leave us alone and we'll leave you alone" we would, and the violence would cease. If we said the same thing to them and offered up the proverbial olive branch, the violence would increase, and increase, and increase until there was no stopping it.

Oh, and please, please, please read Donald Sensing's site here and here. And if anyone has rebuttals to any of his points, I'd love to hear them.

Note: the other sentiments expressed in the bumper sticker above are up for discussion. But not here. I'm just pointing out the --WAR-- one.

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