Skip to comments.Pacifists: part II
Posted on 10/02/2001 10:03:30 PM PDT by JohnHuang2
Last week, I argued that those Americans who preached pacifism in response to the attacks of September 11 were (borrowing from George Orwell) objectively pro-terrorist, objectively in favor of letting the masters of this attack escape to live and to commit more mass murders of Americans. This upset some people. One Pennsylvania man issued what in pacifist circles must constitute a violent threat: ``You may expect a series of letters from me and other folks in this regard, until such time as you deem it appropriate to issue a complete retraction of, and unqualified apology for, your comments.'' Please, not the dread Series of Letters.
Let me see if I may cause further upset. Two propositions: The first is that much of what is passing for pacifism in this instance is not pacifism at all but only the latest tedious manifestation of a well-known pre-existing condition--the largely reactionary, largely incoherent, largely silly muddle of anti-American, anti-corporatist, anti-globalist sentiments that passes for the politics of the left these days. The second is that, again in this instance, the anti-war sentiment (to employ a term that encompasses both genuine pacifism and an opposition to war rooted in America-hatred) is intellectually dishonest, elitist and hypocritical.
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Kelly is right. These leftists are so intellectually dishonest that they can't admit they the "Blame America" crowd.
I have a rather disgusting thought experiment for smoking out phony pacifists.
You are strapped down in a chair facing a one-way window. You can see into the adjacent room, but the occupants can't see you. Under your right forefinger is a button.
A large man drags a small child into the adjacent room and makes clear his intention to torture, rape and kill the child. If you push the button, the man will die instantly and painlessly and the child will be saved. If you do not, he will proceed with his plans, and you get to watch.
Do you push the button or not? If you do, you are not a pacifist or an opponent of capital punishment. If you refuse to push the button, you are both, as well as being a pretty sad excuse for a human being.
All other arguments against self-defense warfare or capital punishment are "quibbling over price," and therefore irrelevant as to whether the activity itself is ever justified.
But THIS is....
A Web site for U.S. paratroopers based in Italy, which included a game called "Bash bin Laden," was partially closed down after some of its features were criticized as insensitive, reports Reuters.
The site, set up for the 173rd Airborne, also included a map of the Middle East with some countries renamed for oil companies (Iran as "New Texas"), pictures of an American eagle sharpening its claws and an image of the Statue of Liberty making an offensive gesture.
Late in the week, after some carping about the "aggressive content" by the Italian press and peace groups, a notice appeared on the site (www.173rdairborne.com), saying: "Some pages on this site are undergoing redesign and will be posted again shortly. Please check back often. We undertake this effort to ensure the safety of our fellow soldiers and brothers."
Kelly speaks the truth. Again. People unwilling to stand up for people by at least shutting up and staying out of the way are giving aid and comfort to the enemy. We must remember who they are so their opinions can be ignored later.
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