Category Archives: Anti War

About the Nature of Us

Soldiers heading off to war in 1914. Credit.

I will briefly tell you a single thing
About the nature of us
That will itself explain to you
Many things about this troubled world
Provided you will but take the thing
For a walk from time to time
And let it have its say:

It is harder to persuade
Many young men to
Look something up in the Bible
Than to persuade them to go
Half way around the world
To fight a war.

The Strange Limits of American Civic Involvement

I’m not writing to create a full essay on American civic behavior, but rather, to point out just a couple of curious things. I posted meme pictured here on Facebook this morning, and then had further thoughts about it that seemed worth sharing.

Let me start by repeating in my own words what a friend replied. He said that we have many rights that are worth defending, but that the 2nd Amendment protects our option to defend our rights with force if necessary. And indeed, I have heard such statements before. So I replied with something like this, which I have since amplified after further reflection:

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Rethinking the Pledge of Allegiance

I ran across this cartoon on Facebook and it prompted a discussion that I thought I should share here.

My response to some of the dogmatic statements in support of it was as follows:

Hey, folks, I have some objections to the pledge that have nothing to do with religion. Have you ever REALLY thought through those words? Also, this cartoon might suggest to the not-thinking-deeply crowd that all wars about about “defending our rights”. The fact of the matter is that very FEW of them have anything to do with defending our rights. Take Iraq, for instance. What did that have to do with my right not to like our Pledge of Allegiance? Continue reading Rethinking the Pledge of Allegiance

Ron Paul Campaign Still Retreating from Iran War Debate

I recently criticized presidential candidate Ron Paul for his squandering of an opportunity in the December 14 Fox News Iowa presidential debate for failing to make the (good) argument against war in Iran.  I opined that this failure in that instance could well prove pivotal in the race, and pointed out that his position on Iran (and other wars) was being “used by pundits everywhere as the look-no-further reason to dismiss Paul’s campaign as hopeless.”

This is still true today, and I’ll show a collection of quotations below to prove it.  But first, let’s address what’s really going on here. Continue reading Ron Paul Campaign Still Retreating from Iran War Debate

What Rightly Justifies War

This article concerns what I believe rightly justifies war and what does not.  And I note that I believe these rules should apply to all nations, and not only to the United States.

At the risk of being misunderstood, let me stress here at the outset that I am generally against war and I believe that every war the US has engaged in since World War I (if not farther back in time) should have been avoided.  The following, therefore, are not reasons I want to go to war, but are merely reasons for which war might be reasonably justified.  Where I stress caution below, I really mean it; these are not mere platitudes.

What GENERALLY Justifies War (Rightly)

  1. Reprisal against any nation for acts of war conducted by its military against any of the United States, the Capital of the United States, any US territory, or any US vessel or military personnel—provided said acts are not initiated in retaliation for unjust acts of the United States. Continue reading What Rightly Justifies War

Ron Paul: Failing to Make the Argument Against War

In Fox News’ Wednesday night Republican presidential debate, candidate Ron Paul got into a notable spat with candidate Michele Bachmann over the issue of Iran’s ostensible race to achieve nuclear weaponry and to attack Israel and the United States with it.  Paul, whom I do not trust because of his continued affiliation with a patently corrupt political party (both major parties are patently and incorrigibly corrupt), squandered an excellent opportunity to make some points that America desperately needs to hear, and launched instead into a barely-comprehensible rant that is now being used by pundits everywhere as the look-no-further reason to dismiss Paul’s campaign as hopeless. Continue reading Ron Paul: Failing to Make the Argument Against War