War or Peace
edited: Saturday, May 31, 2003
By J Michael Kearney
Posted: Monday, March 17, 2003
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The question isn't "War or peace," it's "What's worth fighting for, to you?"
The question isn’t peace or war...it NEVER is.
The question...the ONLY question IS; “Are some things worth fighting for?”
The answer to the ONLY question is, “OF COURSE THERE ARE.”
Well then, what are they?
That’s easy, first, our national sovereignty is worth fighting for. If we’re attacked, we have an obligation to demolish and destroy our attackers with a joyful fury. That’s right, a “joyful” fury. It is not only right, but just to take pleasure in the defense of the nation that coddled you.
You owe it...and your countrymen at least that much.
America was attacked eighteen months ago.
9-11 was NOT a criminal act, that act of terror was declared an act of war by an administration that decided that any nation that funded, harbored or in any way aided those terrorists, then accepted those terrorists as a de facto Army and thus accepted the events of that day as their official declaration of war on the U.S.
Did this administration have the right to make that doctrine official U.S. policy?
Yes it did, as Congress approved that doctrine in the Fall of 2001.
Agree with it or not, that decree is now official U.S. policy. I agree with it, so do a lot of others and more importantly, this administration doesn’t care how popular or unpopular this policy becomes.
Second, our freedoms are worth fighting for, and why not? Even if it were hopeless, wouldn’t you choose death before slavery?
Sure you would, any rational human would. “Peace at any cost” is a call for the acceptance of slavery. It says, “Tis better to accept the ignominy and degradation of slavery than inflict violence upon another.”
It’s a lot better to inflict violence on another than to suffer at their hands. Jesus doesn’t deny this. He tossed the Pharisees out of the Temple with a forceful violence.
When did Jesus become the “Patron Saint of Wimps?” A man who valued “peace” (the absence of conflict) above all else? That wasn’t Jesus! That image is NOT true , that persona is a lie, made up to make moral cowardice look acceptable.
There are those that demand, “How can you even claim to fight for freedoms, while restricting them?”
That’s not a quandary at all! Lincoln did it. Lincoln suspended Habeas Corpus, jailed the sitting governor of Maryland for the crime of siding with the Confederacy, shut down newspapers that challenged his positions and yes, many Southern sympathizers, especially in the press wound up permanently missing.
Anyone who wouldn’t support those actions, during that period of duress, is naïve. The Union wouldn’t have held together but for Lincoln’s surgical violation of some citizen’s rights.
Some Constitutionalists would claim that “Lincoln didn’t have the right,” but thankfully for the future of the Union and the advancement of mankind, Lincoln seized those rights and then relinquished those abuses and returned his beloved America to Constitutional rule once the threat of its destruction was averted.
To date there has been no suspension of Habeas Corpus, for the only people who can claim Habeas Corpus on Guantanamo Bay are the GI’s, for only American citizens are guaranteed that. How about the targeted mass deportations of specific groups (Mid-Eastern and Muslim illegal aliens)? Again there is no Constitutional right that protects illegal aliens from the clutches of U.S. immigration law.
How about the easier access to wire taps, financial surveillance and, in NYC, the elimination of the Handschu Agreement, that kept law enforcement agencies from attending rallies to take pictures and gather information on participants, infiltrate groups that the NYPD labels “radical,” or “potentially dangerous?”
There is a balance that must be struck between the right of the government to investigate potentially criminal exercises and the right to protest. The Handschu Agreement had erred too far on the side of protest.
Finally, even our economy is worth fighting for. Yes, to a huge number of people (yes, me among them), our strong economy is worth going to war for. No other country else has the right to “nationalize” (steal) our property, even American property on foreign shores and no other nation has the right to impede our economy without a forceful (violent) reply.
Peace at all costs, is not merely a wrong-headed idea, it’s a monstrous one.