> > This is why I, like Spike, advocate the use of overwhelming force in
> > war: the enemy needs to KNOW, all the way down to his gonads, that his
> > way is utterly wrong and ours is utterly right before he will accept the
> > sort of surrender we need to ensure that we don't have to fight them all
> > over again a few decades later.
> Do you actually believe that might makes right?
> - samantha
When you /are/ right (for other reasons), it's nice to have some
might to protect yourself from those who are wrong. And even, as
in this case, when you're only slightly less wrong than the other
guy. Sure, we've done some wrong things, but nothing even
remotely close to unthinkable horrors of Pearl Harbor or WTC.
Evil exists. Some people, nations, and cultures are evil and wrong
and dangerous. Denial of this simple fact won't make it go away.
A couple of well-placed nukes 50 years ago did make some of it go
away for a long time, and Mike is just pointing that out. That
particular method won't work in Afghanistan or against Al-Qaeda, but
let's hope we can find a method that does.
-- Lee Daniel Crocker <firstname.lastname@example.org> <http://www.piclab.com/lee/> "All inventions or works of authorship original to me, herein and past, are placed irrevocably in the public domain, and may be used or modified for any purpose, without permission, attribution, or notification."--LDC
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