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2/17/2005

More right-wing insanity

This time it's AnalPhilosopher Keith Burgess-Jackson:

President Bush should make it clear to the North Koreans that if they attack the United States, their people, their culture, and their land will be incinerated. It will be as if they never existed.

Any reasonable person, Republican, Democrat, or whatever, has to realize the extraordinary immorality of the sentiment expressed in this comment.

Hey, Keith: "the North Koreans" won't be attacking anybody. If their country did attack someone, it would be the decision of their leader, Kim Jong Il.

And why are you even talking about this? Do you have any indication that Kim is planning an attack on the U.S.?

Even Max at In Hoc Signo Vinces, a conservative, sees how preposterous this comment is:

Somehow I don't think Keith is sensitive to Just War Theory's requirement of proportionality or its emphasis on the distinction between aggressors and innocents, not to mention conservatism's worries about unintended consequences.

Keith's attitude, sadly, is not at all uncommon; I imagine a poll would demonstrate that a large portion of the American public would agree with his statement, as sick as it is.

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