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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

War Ain't Beanbag

I have been chewing on this thought for some time. Perhaps W.T. Sherman said it best, "War is Hell." One applies the force necessary to accomplish the end as quickly as possible with the least possible loss of life on your side as possible.

Sherman burned Atlanta to the ground prior to setting out on the March to Savannah. He destroyed everything in his wake. Does anyone doubt this sped the end of The Civil war?

The Brits bombed Hamburg into dust. My step-mother, Helga, is a survivor of those horrendous bombings. Does anyone doubt this action sped the end of the war against Nazi Germany?

Truman authorized the nuclear bombings of Japan. Does anyone doubt these sped the end of the war against Japan and saved countless thousands of American troops?

What in the long run works best to accomplish the desired ends? Does a warring country have the will to use the means necessary and available?

What is the greater good and what is the higher morality?

I pose the question because I do not think anyone is addressing it.

War is called war for a reason. The rules of civil life have little applicability in war. The object of war is to get it over with. Anything that blocks that end is counter-productive. Any reasonable means to achieve that end, short of war crimes, is proper.

One can argue over what is "reasonable." But let us not lose sight of what we are trying to get done. War is hell, so let us end it successfully and quickly as possible.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: MontereyJohn

Comments (1)
The Gentle Cricket said...

I'm reminded of a great quote by John Stuart Mill...

"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself."