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Nowadays virtually everyone is a fighter for, and champion of, peace. Especially world peace.

Everybody everywhere supports "peace" -- whether it's the old-time peace treaties between the former Soviet bloc and the West, or today's peace movement between the Arabs and the Israelis.

Certainly the largely-socialist Left is filled with unending proponents and activists "struggling" for peace. But the largely-religious Right works hard for peace too. The world's conservatives are led by the Christians and Muslims, both of which seem to promote and exemplify peace explicitly. Jesus is almost universally known as "the prince of peace," while Islam, even in the post 9/11 era, is generally known as "the religion of peace." All the men of god evidently love peace.

Moreover the United Nations -- to which all countries belong -- is absolutely, and even fanatically, dedicated to "peace." The UN militantly and unalterably promotes peace and opposes "war" in virtually all their respective forms.

Thus everyone everywhere sighs, whines, and weeps for peace. Kumbaya idealists and utopians piteously crying for peace constitute virtually the totality of the current human race.

It's incredibly important to note that none of the above-mentioned groups and institutions -- Left, Right, Christians, Muslims, UN -- favors freedom over peace. None advocate, champion, or ferociously fight for the values and goals of liberty, justice, and individual rights -- as opposed to peace. Just the opposite.

At best, all the groups above fatuously, depravedly see these political and socio-economic values as equal or concommitant. At best, freedom and peace are one to them. At least, provided you don't talk about or emphasize freedom too much.

But the fact is, peace without freedom is worthless. And freedom, properly understood, always and necessarily entails peace. It invariably generates a just, honorable, and lasting peace, no less. So the value system of all the peoples and belief-systems mentioned above is catastrophically wrong.

What the world needs right now is a mightly war -- a war for individual liberty. What the planet currently desperately lacks, but could surely use, is not peace, but a rousing, thunderous, massive war.

We need to start a war movement -- a full-scale assault on tyranny and injustice. We should wage a merciless, vicious, full-throttle war against the peace-niks and peace-mongers -- and in favor of individual liberty. We need to create an active, aggressive, attacking movement for political and socio-economic freedom. And this pro-liberty war movement needs to savagely crush the worldwide peace movement.

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I like this post. I think that you could easily expand it and add a bit more artistic commentary to make it an effective Op-Ed piece.

I agree with you in spirit but I'm curious as to what enemy you believe deserves the first strike. What justification do we have for attacking an enemy whom may be tyrannous though not against us? What is the direct benefit to the American people that is drawn from an all out war on an abstract such as "Tyranny and Injustice" which may not directly threaten us.

I understand that fighting against these things can yield an overall benefit in the long term but, as you provide a call for, what is it that you think could rouse the world's freedom fighters to risk their lives and change the face of the planet?

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We need to start a war movement -- a full-scale assault on tyranny and injustice. We should wage a merciless, vicious, full-throttle war against the peace-niks and peace-mongers -- and in favor of individual liberty. We need to create an active, aggressive, attacking movement for political and socio-economic freedom. And this pro-liberty war movement needs to savagely crush the worldwide peace movement.

What assurance do you have that this full-scale assault on tyranny and injustice will not become unjust and an enemy to liberty?

You will forgive me if I am skeptical of wars against states of being, as opposed to wars against specific nations/agents and movements for specific acts.

You are advocating a War Against Evil (in effect). Since Evil originates within and has persisted since our species evolved, I am inclined to think you are fighting the tide. This is a battle that cannot be won as long as Man exists as Man. Particular enemies can be fought and defeated for particular acts at particular times and places. If you are going to advocate War, at least make the War winnable and the victory last for a time.

Bob Kolker

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...I'm curious as to what enemy you believe deserves the first strike. What justification do we have for attacking an enemy whom may be tyrannous though not against us? What is the direct benefit to the American people that is drawn from an all out war on an abstract such as "Tyranny and Injustice" which may not directly threaten us.

I understand that fighting against these things can yield an overall benefit in the long term but, as you provide a call for, what is it that you think could rouse the world's freedom fighters to risk their lives and change the face of the planet?

I would use common sense on the first strike and hit some group or institution which is especially malevolent and especially weak. Probably the secular and religious leaders of Iran and Saudi Arabia. These are truly life-destroying, happiness-destroying bastards that come close to being pure evil.

Afterwards, every dictator and leader of a communist or jihadist organization or nation on earth could be targeted. But only after the US Congress fully and wisely debated it, and then officially declared war on them for a limited period.

The benefits to this world-wide hero-behavior would indeed be general and long-term, as Proverb cautions. But I think they would be immense.

But the main point is to deal a death-blow to the concept and ideal of "peace." Nothing is more rhetorically effective than to come out four-square in favor of "war." It will shock everybody. It will devastate the pro-peace movement. Freedom should be promoted to infinity, even if it means (mostly rhetorically) war, war, war. This tactic will wear down the mealy-mouthed, bland, banal, vague, pro-"brotherhood," Kumbaya opposition and their propagandists until -- at long last -- they wearily agree to "freedom first and peace second."

This last will constitute victory!

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What assurance do you have that this full-scale assault on tyranny and injustice will not become unjust and an enemy to liberty?

You will forgive me if I am skeptical of wars against states of being, as opposed to wars against specific nations/agents and movements for specific acts.

You are advocating a War Against Evil (in effect). Since Evil originates within and has persisted since our species evolved, I am inclined to think you are fighting the tide. This is a battle that cannot be won as long as Man exists as Man. Particular enemies can be fought and defeated for particular acts at particular times and places. If you are going to advocate War, at least make the War winnable and the victory last for a time.

All good points. But please see my reply to Proverb just above.

In the 1800s, the valiant British Navy summarily destroyed slavery wherever they found it. They considered it to be a crime against humanity -- a naked barbarism unworthy of discussion. I find modern communist and jihadist leaders to be the same. All these dictators should be immediately, summarily cruise-missiled/smart-bombed and obliterated.

The danger of retaliation against the West should be almost zero. Probably the victims of the tyranny will be grateful.

The West's current respect for "national soverignty" and "non-interference in internal affairs" is absurd. Those horrifying dicators have no "right" to violate the rights of their subjects. We should make war on them and trespass their national borders with impunity.

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