Sunday, November 06, 2005

Interesting isn't it how people are divided on the war, and how people on both sides will get so angry and go postal if you disagree with them.

Even more interesting is looking at this country's history of wars.

Most people will agree that the revolutionary war was a good thing, most will agree that so was World War II and just about every other war we have been in (and I mean real war, not counting conflicts and civil wars)

However it as also interesting to note that in every war we have been involved in people have opposed, sometimes even violently the war effort, and when I say people I mean other Americans. The revolutionary war split the country before it was even founded, newspapers degraded and berated the colonial troops, no not British papers, but American papers.

In world war II the American press was adamantly against what they called the occupation of Germany, and before the war began many people thought it was the wrong thing to do.

It seems in each case history judged what the right course of action was... Does this mean atrocities where not committed no of course not. War is Ugly, it is horrible, it creates an environment where weak men can give in to evil, where evil can even be condoned as the proper course of action... War also breeds hero's and self-sacrifice, and loyalty and a thousand other positive things. It brings redemption , and love, and freedom.

Is the war in Iraq wrong? I think I will let history be the judge of that. Is freedom worth fighting for? Is it worth being disliked for?

In closing I leave you with the words of John Stewart Mill
War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.

1 comment:

Michael Nease said...

And that's the rest of the story! Ever think about going into talk radio?