So, it’s one thing to be “Anti-war.” You are free to make speeches, to demonstrate, to air your opinions however you like in this country. I’ve read tons of the stuff starting in High School, with such books as All Quiet on the Western Front. Currently, I’m reading one by a fellow named Studs Terkel called “The Good War”. I’m only part way into that one, but I’d have to say it is decidedly against war. The first pages of the book are filled with accounts from folks who ordinarily would never have had their views published, and they are portrayed as, well, heroes for their part in denouncing war, and the consequent suffering involved.
Let me make one thing perfectly clear: War is awful! There is no getting around that. No sane person wants a war. Decent people everywhere should probably be against war, but at the same time, we must take up the cause as Arthur in Camelot in early England argued: “Might must be used for right!” This phrase exists in the Declaration of Independence and is therefore implicit in all our responsibilities as citizens of this country that has arguably been leader of the free world for the past 60 years: “But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
We understand that phrase to mean that those who have the ability to act and who do not act are neglecting their responsibility. We found in WWI that nations will attempt to use military force to carry out national policy. In WWII we saw that furtherance of national policy carried to the extreme in the form of genocide. Bullies and tyrants have ever since been popping up all over the globe. What we really found, however, and this surprised the heck out of the bullies, is that free people, those who are free to speak their minds any time, any place, and to worship as they please, and to freely assemble and to bear arms, those free people are the ones who will beat bullies every time. There is nothing stronger than the heart of a free man and a free society.
Our country, rightly so, has been fighting for freedom world-wide ever since. We have not, as some claim, been engaging in 20th and 21st century “Imperialism” but rather we have been engaged in the modern crusade to bring freedom to every corner of the world. It is true that we have not been perfect in this endeavor, and that often, the motives are wrong, being profit rather than the higher ideals of freedom for all, but the goal remains the same, to see all men lifted up so that we all stand together as one, equal in the eyes of our creator.
I get real tired of reading the anti-war drivel. It comes from a bunch of anarchists and socialists who believe we can really eliminate government or use government to “force” equality on folks. Democracy on the other hand is a “bottom up” approach, where by liberating the masses, you will free them from the slave mentality of despotism. Granted we have not had much success there either, not since WWII ended have there been many newly established democratic republics such as the United States whose constitutions enact liberty and freedom for all, and whose governments seek to carry that out. Does that mean we should stop trying? Not on your life!
Seeking the nobler purpose is always to be desired. That’s what Alfred Nobel, the creator of dynamite found out. He realized he had profited by an invention that caused the deaths of, well, millions of people. He was so discouraged and distraught that he sought to use his profits to encourage the world to do good rather than harm. Military might is nothing more than a big hammer. It can be used for right or for wrong. Even those who are vehemently anti-war would agree that in WWII we used that power for good, and that defeat of the Fascists was the defining event of the 20th century. It was also a turning point in world events. WWI had torn away the old, the aristocracy who thought they had the inherited “Right” to rule us. Then, following WWII we found that if we trusted too much in ambitious people we may be ruined. It became the duty of all of us to be vigilant and to watch out for these bullies.
Surely with modern technology, the capacity to use force to rule over masses of people and enslave them had become too easy. Technology, the great inventions of the 19th and 20th centuries was to become even more of a slave-making problem than we had ever had to face before. Not just as Americans, but as the world. We found that now with technology, and we’re seeing this today, more than ever before, the world is smaller, and impact of events much faster and greater. But, one thing persists: The mob, the opinion or reaction of the masses. It becomes easy to instill fear in the masses, while quite another thing to bring peace and good will. What evil has taken hold of us and found that we respond like sheep, masses of us running from a snapping twig in the forest.
Power, real power must stand. It must stand firm in the faith that we are not sheep, but that all problems can and will be solved if we work together! And we must not let bullies – wherever they are found – have power! Take, e.g., Iran. That country is the single most potent threat to world peace at this moment. Do our soldiers, our men and women in uniform want to go there to fight? No! Of course not. Are we mad at the Iranian people? No, of course not. In fact, I’ve met many Iranians (ex-Iranians living in the U.S.) over the years, and they are very decent folks. But, is Iran controlled by a “Bully?” You bet. The leader of Iran, in fact the entire government of Iran has said repeatedly that Israel must be destroyed! Now, anyone who doesn’t believe that is a worldwide problem had best go and check their beliefs.
Any time any country threatens another with war, with annihilation, with violence, with threats of violence, that is bullying, or terrorism in the political sense. Remember the definition of terrorism: “the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes.” So you see, Iran has been and is using terrorism – for years – against Israel, and its other neighbors as well, since your threats don’t have just the impact of targeting a single target, rather they impact many.
My opinion is now, and always has been that we will have to use might for right. Eventually, we will have to support Israel and an outright attack upon Iran. Especially in light of the fact that Iran is nearly complete in their quest to produce a nuclear weapon. They say otherwise all the time. But so did Hitler. Remember that the one thing bullies do, and they do it all the time is lie. They tell lies as a matter of policy. They lie to their own people, they lie to others, and they lie to other governments, in official language!
Now we are faced with people in our own country who do not support our troops. There is a fellow at Suffolk University in Boston who has gone on record as saying: “It is shameful … to send care packages to U.S. troops ‘who have gone overseas to kill other human beings.'”
Wow – I am ashamed for him. I am ashamed that this fellow ever got a job in a University teaching our children. How can this happen? To be “Anti-war” is one thing, as I have said, to be against our people and our government is something completely different. To not support citizens of our nation who are out there trying to protect me and you from bullies, risking their lives every single day to combat terrorism – worldwide terrorism – I am just ashamed for you Professor Michael Avery of Suffolk University Law School. I am going to personally contact the university and ask that you be fired.