mad anthony

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Don't give peace (marches) a chance...

So, I was walking out of work and heard a bunch of honking today. At first I figured it was just someone making an illegal left, but it seemed like more than that. I walked to my car and drove to the gym... and then remembered that it was the peace path for September 11. The usual suspects from the college were there - a couple students, a couple professors, a few people from the religious/community service center.

They did do a good job of making it "peace" themed - most of the signs just said "peace" or "honk for peace" and there were no angry "Bush kills kittens" type signs. There were the obligatory "war is not the answer" signs, though.

And of course, it's hard to be anti-peace. But that's the thing. Nobody is anti-peace. People like me who have supported war in Afghanistan and Iraq don't want to live in permanent state of war - they just recognize that sometimes a short period of war is necessary to achieve a longer period of peace. And war can achieve a certain kind of peace, either by destroying an enemy's capability of attack or by demonstrating that attacks will be met with a greater level of attack - the mutually assured destruction of the cold war.

And I always wonder about the "war is not the answer" sign people. I mean, I can understand being against a specific war, but do these people really believe that all wars are wrong - that we should have stayed out of World War 2 and let Hitler keep the ovens going, that we should have skipped the American Revolution and stayed British?

I would love to live in a world where there was no war or violence, where Al-Queda operatives weren't trying to turn household chemicals and used cars into deadly weapons, where Iran and North Korea weren't stockpiling nuclear arms, where there was no need to to defend oneself or one's country from attack. But that's not the world we live in, and sometimes war really is the answer.


At 8:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

either capitalism infiltrates islam or islam blows up the world. also, we're paying the ticket price so i'm rooting for the home team.


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