Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Recalling An Old Anti-War Post I Made

       I ran across an old email broadside that I wrote about a year ago. So the references to September, and to George Will, are based on the fall of 2009.  The post may seem a little dated and clunky, but it does express my sentiments then and now.  By the way, the link to still works well as of today, November 3.  Here it is.  Comments always welcome.

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On Sunday, September 6, the Truthout website ran an article about how George Will has begun to change his mind about the mideast wars.  You can read the details about George's thinking at this site.  There are also links to his two articles in the Washington Post, "Time to Get Out of Afghanistan," and "Time to Leave Iraq."

This prompted me to write a comment, using the nom de web "Robert of Louisville."  Here is what I said.

'There may, or may not, be "just wars," but neither the Afghanistan War nor Iraq War II ever actually had a moral basis -- both were conceived as parts of a strategic chess game, with the lives of ordinary people considered as pawns -- as expendable as a cheap line in a news article, or ten minutes of cheap prestige on a talk show.  And that -- the lack of moral basis -- has always been the core problem, even when the "defend our freedoms" propaganda was running high.  This was blindingly obvious to many of  us as early as 2001, and earlier.  If mature, adult people can't see and admit this -- and apparently George Will couldn't -- then they forfeit my trust and good will, whatever that is worth.  I wouldn't trust George's judgment for advising members of my family on any important subject, and I don't trust him for the welfare of the nation or the world, then or now.  And that goes for anybody else who tries to explain away, or spin, or "make nice" about what is happening in these killing fields, and has been happening for eight long years.'

By the way, I got to meet and talk to Cindy Sheehan (famous for Camp Casey in Crawford, Texas) on two occasions this week.  She was in Louisville, speaking her usual anti-war talk (which I, for one, appreciate) in small venues -- once in a neighborhood meeting house with about 40 of us, and once in a neighborhood bar, with about 25 of us.  I gave her a copy of Wendell Berry's book, Citizenship Papers, which had been of great encouragement to me.

Interestingly, there is a news article today informing us that our new top commander in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, who has been charged by the President with developing a new strategy for "winning" there, has stated that

'he sees no signs of a major al-Qaida presence in the country'

nevertheless, he is apparently going to develop new plans and new requests for troops, logistics, etc., as the article goes on to say that the good general . . .

'said at the time that success in Afghanistan "is achievable and demands a revised implementation strategy, commitment and resolve, and increased unity of effort." '

Wasn't our supposed purpose in Afghanistan to find and defeat Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida??  Why are we trying to kill or subdue or control anybody else?


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I didn't get much comment.  Well, actually, I got hardly any.   Folks are busy these days, commenting about more important political stuff.  Like deficits; bailouts; Wall Street; healthcare. You know:  pocketbook issues.

1 comment:

  1. I think that life has become cheap and undervalued. I think of John Paul II's statement that we have embraced the culture of death instead of the culture of life. Only too true, I fear. As a conservative, I am troubled by the fact that to be pro-life seems to only refer to abortion. If I vote for pro-life Republicans, I am also aware that I am voting for a member of a party known for its indefensible war-mongering. (I will still make that vote, however, as the lesser of two evils. Abortion is one of the greatest offenses to human life this world has ever known.)
    I remember hearing a recording of a powerful speech by Bishop Fulton Sheen about abortion, in which he indicated that our society has become necrophilic due in large part to the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Ever since, he indicates that we have lost our consciences and become lovers of death instead of life. That the A-bombs paved the way for abortion, euthanasia, etc. Hmmm, there's some food for thought....

    When man ceased to believe in God, he ceased to believe that man was created in the Imago Dei (e.g. Darwinism directly paved the way for Marxism), so human life became of no more value than that of the animals. Unfortunately, this philosophy (or should I say, sophistry) has become so deeply imbedded in our culture, that even conservatives often imbibe of it unconsciously. Materialism and humanism lead to the destruction of both materials and humans.
    As a strong pro-lifer I do believe that abortion is one of the gravest issues destroying our culture today, and challenging us as Christians; but if we care so much for the life of the unborn, why has it become so easy for us to support the killing of the born in unjustifiable wars?!
    Although self-defense as a nation can be necessary, and just wars are possible, we must remember the grievous responsibility we have in ever taking or supporting the taking of the lives of our brothers and sisters. "Our Father"; one Father makes us all siblings, and, yes, we are our brother's keepers.