- St. Sir Thomas More, in "A Man for All Seasons"
"Until now, we have had no experience of what the U.S. Government has so often inflicted onothers. Now, at least, we have an inkling of what it feels like."
Joe SobranReaders are thanked for their patience in waiting for a Part II which we can only hope will prove tohave been worth the wait.Since Tuesday things in the American mind have become worse, rather than better. Confusionand blood-thirst reigns supreme, now, in this country, and there is no sign of either those twinplagues going away any time soon.So, we're pleased to present these further thoughts in the hopes, nay with a plea, for sanity andclear-headedness in this time of unprecedented confusion.Some further thoughts on Sanity.
Justice vs. Revenge
There is now an unprecedented thirst for blood in this country. The common people, the punditsall across the political spectrum, the politicians, the press generally - all are calling for "war" and"war now!" The question as to who is to be bombed into the 22nd century or what exactly will beaccomplished by so doing is still, largely, irrelevant.Catholics used to use phrases and terms like "just war," "chivalry," "non-combatants," and the"Peace of God and the Truce of God." Of course, those were in the good old days - days reallygood, and so very, very old at this point that for most they are not even a distant memory. But inman's frantic search for the relics of antiquity (Dead Sea Scrolls, Atlantis, and a host of other questionably relevant "treasures" of the past), perhaps the medieval laws governing combatshould be among the things "resurrected.""So many innocent lives lost!" goes the cry which supposedly justifies not just justice but revenge."Nuke the bastards! Who cares if civilian lives are lost!" goes the response. Well, the point aboutinnocent lives is at best an imprecision. Only God knows if they were innocent in the mostCatholic sense of the term. Of course, the spin-masters do not use words in their Catholic sense.But it should be noted that Serbian civilian casualties are always that civilian casualties.
While American non-combatants are innocents! and the more innocent they were, the
more murderous the attacks and thus the more revenge is justified.If the WTC attacks were truly the result of anti-American terrorism (and not the Mossad or theU.S. Govtit's possible!), then the angst-filled aggressor should have attacked a military target in
an act of open, and honorable, warfare. That the attacks were not honorable nor open makes, tosome extent, the WTC victims innocent innocent of involvement in a military conflict. But
we normally refer to that type of innocence and the innocence of a non-combatant. In this
vein one could even argue that the attack on the Pentagon was an attack on a legitimate militarytarget. This is not to undervalue the lives of the men and women who serve in the country'sarmed forces. But it is to say that those who maintain the American military machine, which hasbombed - just to casually name the ones that come to mind immediately - Iraq, Serbia, and theSudan in the last three years, must perhaps be prepared to make "the supreme sacrifice indefense of the Constitution" which they promised to make, even if bombing those and a host of other targets has NOTHING to do with defending the Constitution - and therefore our White