some people are complaining about my nonargument, so here goes my argument:
pacifists are morally autistic. they have a pit bull jaw's grip on this moral idea, that "war is wrong always" and they won't let go of that thought no matter what.
to me they are reminiscent of the anti-abortionists. it's kind of ironic that both of their extreme websites feature pictures of dead babies! it's sort of the ultimate extension of the bullshit emotional heartstring pull: "doesn't anyone think of the children!"
an anti-abortionist says "it is never right to take a life, even an unborn embryonic form." just like a pacifist, nothing will move them from this idealistic position that has nothing to do with the nuances of living in the real world. they are morally autistic. they have a deathgrip on their idealism, and they won't let go. their morality is that of a child's. and we all suffer their withering hatred because they have not grown up yet.
the problem with pacifists and anti-abortionists is they "just don't get it." if you approach them with any rationalizaton to go to war, or to take a fetus, the only psychological reaction you get is a deeper deathgrip hold on their own idealistic morality. they will not budge. they are absolutists. and if life teaches us anything, it is that the middle road is always the best road, and absolutist, idealist attitudes lead to folly. at no matter what extreme you lie on the ideological spectrum, the truth is that the extremes are never superior appraoches than the middle, moderate, balanced road, on any question in life.
i don't like war. i don't like abortion. but at least i'm level-headed enough to recognize when they are, unfortunately, necessary. i don't like taking out the trash from my house every week, but i recognize that it is a necessary job to do, or my house will stink. same with war and abortion. they are awful, ugly jobs, but they are necessary to maintain civilization.
so the pacifists and abortionists go on with their deathgrip on their idealistic morality that has nothing to do with an appreciation of the real world, and everything to do with self-defeating idealism. and they scream at all of us who recognize when the middle road is best, and we get no thanks from them for maintaining the world they live in. in fact, we get viciously attacked by what amounts to people with the moral system of a child, with no appreciation for the real world and its nuances.
it's like the hollywood celebrities who stand up and deliver their withering opinions on the world. as if the lives they lead amount to nothing more than an extension of childhood! yet of course, the other moral children of the world rally around their idealistic flag, delivering their teenage temper tantrums upon the rest of us, and we are supposed to think we are somehow morally inferior to them simply because they have not grown up yet and taken a more moderate measurement of real intractable problems in a messy world. we are hated because we recognize the world is messy, and try to clean it up.
pacifists and anti-abortionists are morally autistic. they have a deathgrip in their minds on some form of moral idealism, and they will not budge no matter what the real world tells them about complex problems, they will not relax their grip on their idealism.
to them i say, about other leftist hawks like myself, don't shoot the messenger just because you don't like the message.
or continue on with your deathgrip on your idealism which on no way instructs us on how to make the world a better place. and you remove yourself from the struggle that is life. you think that running away from reality, removing yourself from the larger argument over complex questions somehow makes you morally superior. all that it means is that your opinions are malformed. they do not take all of reality into account, and are therefore less instructive on how to form real solutions to real problems.
sometimes, war is necessary. it is always unfortunate.
sometimes, abortion is necessary. it is always unfortunate.
do not think that i don't care about iraqi women and children or the unborn. in fact, i care more about iraqi women and children and unborn than you do. my moral philosophy delivers more care to these people than your malformed idealism. after a war with iraq, the plight of the iraqi citizen will improve. in a world where the only babies that are brought into this world are babies that are wanted and can be cared for means happier children. do not confuse me with a bloodthirsty war monger or a morally nihilistic child killer. only in your mind that is so.
i am a realist. you are an idealist. that is the basic difference between my moral philosophy and that of pacifists and anti-abortionists.
let the teenage temper tantrums begin.
The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.