on peace (April 8, 2008)
There is one common argument used to continue the war in Iraq that, when we consider it, it is both obvious and absurd.
The argument goes that we must keep fighting in Iraq because military generals, soldiers, and veterans believe we should continue to fight in Iraq.
But think about it carefully. This argument suggests we should continue the war because:
People who have embraced military values wish to continue the war.
People who are trained to wage war wish to continue the war.
People who have put their belief in violent solutions into practice wish to continue the war.
People who wage war for a career wish to continue to the war.
When you think about it, isn't that a bit obvious? This argument is always self-justifying: it suggests a behavior should be continued because those who believe in and devote their lives to that behavior wish it to continue.
Should we continue a war because people who choose to serve in the military wish to continue a war?
Should we continue a war because those who accept violence as a means wish to continue a war?
If your best argument for waging war is that those who wage war for a living say we should, you may want to reconsider your logic.