Wednesday, April 30, 2008

("War" is "Terrorism") is "Evil"

To follow up on my last post regarding the empirical truism of roosting  and headless chickens, Jimmy Carter offers this moral truism:
I think anytime any powerhouse takes military action when it’s a high danger or almost an inevitability that women and children are going to be killed, I think that can be considered an act of terrorism.
Carter is talking about Israeli military actions against Palestinians, but it must also be applied to the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
-- in fact, any war -- if we are to take this moral principle seriously. Exemptions, without valid justification, are just cases of special pleading. Or, as Chomsky explains:
If we propose some principle that is to be applied to antagonists, then we must agree -- in fact, strenuously insist -- that the principle apply to us as well. Those who do not rise even to this minimal level of integrity plainly cannot be taken seriously when they speak of right and wrong, good and evil...It is fair enough to denounce international terrorism as a plague spread by "depraved opponents of civilization itself." The commitment to "drive the evil from the world" can even be taken seriously, if it satisfies moral truisms -- not, it would seem, an entirely unreasonable thought.
Chomsky therefore offers one simple solution to reduce the level of terror in the world: "stop participating in it." Integrity and logic seem to require no less...we should at least test it!

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