Hi Red VW person (on who's lap? )
You loaded our "lunch-kit" with that article.
I have not read many of the replies yet, which is the reason for this sub-topic post, but so far they are a little predictable.
Before anything else, Thank you for a well written, tightly reasoned, and splendidly supported article.
I was especially delighted with your apt historical allusions, and the "roundness" of your reasoning. Perhaps the right term is "historical precedents"?
Glimpsing the predictable replies, I was saddened and disappointed by the single issue quibbles. Many of your specific points might be arguable, but your hard work in quietly laying down the parameters of the subject is noted here, and deeply appreciated.
Some of our passivists on this forum, have actually admitted on other threads that they would eskchewwwwww violence even if some evil person burst into their very homes, and held their children by the feet...
Please ignore them. They can survive and even thrive...........here.
They "tip-toe through the violets" while humankind as a whole is subjected to the most horrible things today, and with no hope............NO! Worse! No IDEA that things can be any different for them or their posterity.
The most frightening thing to me is the thought that my life and the lives, (if any), of my posterity are rendered meaningless and irrelevant by the monsters.
Monsters in the form of persons, or monsters in the form of ideologies.
No, our passivists here on this forum blithely ignore their fellow man in bondage...as long as they are not within our borders. If they are HERE...KINGS-X. (A childrens' game of "tag" where there is a "safe" spot from being tagged called KINGS-X for some reason).
George Will wrote a book called "SUDDENLY...The American Idea".
Well, the only reason that "Idea" has survived and prospered is that "Good men did SOMETHING".
In these days, I don't know precisely what that "something" should be. Additionally, I'm not in charge of precisely what that something WILL be. What I am convinced of is that the something must be: SUCCESSFUL, DECISIVE, and GOOD.
Our wars should never be about knocking down monsters, but instead about lifting our fellow men UP and out of bondage, regardless of the monsters.
Because we have before, and we still can!
That ability requires responsibility. It requires us to act:
AND HUMILITY BEFORE GOD...when we screw part of it up.
Your article was a better "slam" than Michael Jordan ever made...on his best day.