“War is violence at large scale, conducted by imperfect people using imperfect weapons on the basis of limited information. There’s nothing humanitarian about that. Innocents and non-combatants will be killed.” –Thomas L. Knapp
BURNET, Texas (March 22) – When you drop a bomb, you cannot be sure who will die when it hits, and once you let it go you cannot bring it back. It doesn’t matter if you claim the person you’re dropping the bomb on is evil, or whether you maintain that your cause is noble and humanitarian. Bombs don’t discriminate between the innocent and the evil.
In a war, any war, innocent people die. Politicians and military leaders may use an innocuous-sounding euphemism like “collateral damage,” to mask the death of non-combatants. But let’s call it what it is – murder. Make no mistake, whether your name is Gadhafi or Obama, if you unleash your bombs knowing full-well that innocent people are going to die as a result, you are committing murder. And to make matters worse, you order others to do your crime for you.
Think about it. If someone blew up your entire family, would it really matter if a well-intentioned busybody rather than an oppressive tyrant delivered the bomb? As Gandhi so eloquently said, “What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty and democracy?”
Those who have been clambering for military action against Libya shout, “Gadhafi is killing innocent Libyans.” I hope they are satisfied that we can now say, “So is President Obama.” Only the president is doing it in the name of all Americans. Well, not this American. This American says to President Obama loudly and clearly: not in my name. Keep your false justifications, your pious pronouncements. I reject the lie that is your noble, humanitarian cause. I do not consent to killing innocents.
One of the prospects that encourages me whenever I run into problems, or get frustrated and aggravated as I consider the idea of seeking the Libertarian nomination for president, is that if I were in office I will be able to stop insane, immoral, illegal and reprehensible actions such as this. If I could do only this one thing, my life would be worthwhile.
This is not about whether Gadhafi is evil or Obama has good intentions. This is about how wrong it is to bomb a sovereign nation that has done you no harm. This is about how it is wrong to sentence innocent civilians to death because of the actions of their government’s leader. No war of aggression is justifiable because it involves murdering innocent people.
I have come to realize that any excuse to go to war is as good as another … for the warmongers. They claim we must wage war to preserve peace in a humanitarian effort to save the world. What utter and complete nonsense. There is nothing humanitarian about killing people en masse, for any reason, save that of self-defense. It is blasphemy to kill innocent people and have innocent people do your killing for you, all the while proclaiming to the world you are doing it in the blessed name of Peace.
It is time for all Americans to stop making excuses for war, or justifying it with supposed good intentions. War is much easier to stop before it starts than after it has already begun. Is it not preferable to have a country filled with prosperous patriots, than to fill our cemeteries with dead heroes? Please join me in calling for real change in American – an end to all war, and bringing the troops home.
“There is only one way in the world to prevent war and that is for every nation to tend to its own business. Trace any war and you will find some nation was trying to tell some other nation how to run their business. All these nations are interfering with some other nation’s personal affairs but with an eye to business. Why don’t we let the rest of the world act like it wants to.”
– Will Rogers
R. Lee Wrights is a longtime libertarian writer, political activist, a lifetime member of the Libertarian Party, and a past vice chair of the Libertarian National Committee. He is considering seeking the presidential nomination because he is determined that the Libertarian message in 2012 be a loud, clear and unequivocal call to stop all war. Wrights has pledged that 10 percent of all donations to his campaign will go toward ballot access so that the stop all war message can be heard in all 50 states. Wrights, 52, is the co-founder and editor of the free speech online magazine Liberty For All. He was born in Winston Salem, N.C. and now lives in Texas.
Brian Irving, press secretary