I will get to you soon Seth. And thanks in advance for sharing.We do, however, have a right to self-defense. For example, I have always believed that the initial invasion of Afghanistan was a justifiable act of self-defense. I also believe that remaining in that country until bin Laden could be found and dealt with was justified.
Furthermore, given the destructive power of nuclear weapons, the track record and extreme statements, statements of intention, by a government may justify preemptive action in self defense. And now that I think about it, I realize that many more countries in the world could be responsible stewards of nuclear weapons if they had them. There are only a few that absolutely should not possess them, and given their destructive power, I believe that is a defensible position to take.
That is the same as saying we may never condemn the actions of another country no matter what they do, for, being imperfect human beings, we will never have our own house in order to the satisfaction of everybody. No country does, and no country ever will.
The truth is, countries are in different degrees of imperfection. We are at least intelligent enough to discern that. The failings, inequities, and injustices of modern day Australia or the U.S. pale in comparison to those of North Korea. I can think of some very bad governments in the world that I would hate to live under, but none as horrible as North Korea's.
Ha! Then you haven't been to university in a while.
Academia is steeped in it, and they teach it. Our entire system is evil. Oh, and by the way, Shell ... Are you white? If you are, you are a racist. And if you don't think so, or if you are not aware of your racism, that is evidence of your racism. You probably always will be, and the only thing you can do is recognize it and apologize for it.
This is academia in the U.S. these days: America is evil. The economy is evil. Businesses are evil. Conservative people and their values are evil. And you, yes you, if you are white, are a racist.
My son served in the Marine Corps in Iraq and Afghanistan. When he got out of the Marines, he went to university. He was totally focused on completing his degree program, and he deliberately avoided politics and debating this and that in his classes. When he would hear various professors running down our country, he just kept his mouth shut. He was a straight A student and graduated with honors. But one time in his senior year, his teacher started out the lecture with the utter evil of America, comparing the U.S. with the worst regimes in history and the modern world. It was the straw that broke the camel's back.
He stood up and interrupted, "Whoa, whoa, whoa!", he told me later. And he proceeded to speak for about 3 or 4 minutes. And he told about other countries he had been in and about the unspeakable horrors he had seen perpetrated by people of those countries against their own people, specifically women. I know the stories he witnessed and recounted, and I am choosing not to write them here, for they are the acts of the incurably demented, they shock the conscience, they are so horrible. He finished by telling the professor that she didn't know what she was talking about and that she should be eternally thankful for being born in America.
She had stood there silently while he spoke, and, believe it or not, my son said she thanked him for saying what he said. After class, many students approached him and thanked him for speaking up. True story.