Letter: An eye for an eye only leads to blindness of our own horrific acts
“Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice,” so then this “moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue?” These statements (from Barry Goldwater’s campaign) come to mind, as we debate whether or not to punish Assad for what we’ve done with conventional weaponry. If we are in fact defending liberty via something more than the vice of indignation we must forget this ignorance of moderation as justice. Its virtue is pure bull. An eye for an eye only leads to blindness of one’s own atrocities, doesn’t it?
Believing that bombing Assad will deter him from using the rest of his arsenal is delusional. Especially when he is operating in survival mode, in the midst of civil war. He certainly isn’t Lincoln but he is likewise trying to preserve the status quo as his country has known it. We tend to forget about the sinister acts of our own sedition, our own war of independence and our high-minded opinion of our own virtue certainly doesn’t have the moral fiber to cause Assad to seek a higher goal than self-preservation. Therefore, our inability to see ourselves as the rest of the world knows us to be will inevitably put boots on the ground. Anything less is removing a hangnail and calling it a cure for cancer.
The French blockade made freedom possible for us, so if we aren’t committed to full out going in on the side of the rebel cause we have no business bullying a dictator into compliance to a body of law we ourselves ignore whenever it’s inconvenient to our business interests abroad. Until our own war criminals are brought to justice before the world courts it will remain the laws lesser nations shall likewise disregard, when in a crush of implosion one side calls revolution and the other insurrection. For it is only the criminally insane who believe wars are conducted lawfully.
We’re weary of warfare because of the years spent and the years yet to come, where we remain entrenched. But have we learned what acts of vengeance (posing as justice) bring?
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