The Iraq War, a Moral Essay
I regularly try to examine those things I consider to be part of my belief structure. I try to essentially debate myself over the topics that hold more implications than simply being right or wrong. Recently, one of these items has been the
Essentially, all of us (psychos not withstanding) have a basic premise that murder is wrong (regardless of your religious stance). War is essentially government sanctioned murder en masse. However, again, it is not that simple. While murder is wrong, killing someone in self defense, or defense of others is considered right, or at the least, understandable. Does God see this same rational for the breaking of His law? Does God give stipulations and classifications to His law? While I understand that every infraction is forgiven through the Christ, does He address the issue of “Do Not Kill Another Person” with escape clauses?
I think that he does not. I think that unless God Himself commands you to kill someone (as the Bible gives example of), you are essentially dictating your own will above that of what God has told you to do. Now, all of human history, even devout stories in the Bible have examples of man creating stipulations and clauses surrounding those basic morals we hold true. Stealing is ok if it is life or death for you or your children. It is ok if it is one nation taking from another. It is ok if general consensus agrees.
Lying is ok if you are doing it to save someone else’s feelings. It is ok if it is to protect someone else. It is ok if your country is trying to keep some secrets in the name of “national security”.
So it is with man; we are the ultimate rationalizers. We can essentially convince ourselves of anything given the proper motivation. Give a man a choice to kill or be killed, he will kill, and then clear himself of any wrong doing without societies approval. Nations and states act no different. They act in self interest and self preservation, then use various rational to explain away and exonerate themselves from any debt of guilt of consensus “wrong doings”.
Back to the topic: the
However, this presents yet another dilemma: why do we chose to use military force, to sacrifice our men and women in an effort to liberate an oppressed people at one location, but then neglect the same crisis in another? As we pour millions of dollars, hundreds of lives, and political turmoil into
Yet we then stand ideally by as thousands are brutalized in
Again, the nasty trait of self-interest and self-preservation enter into the fray. Our government, given the specific charge of protecting
While I do not expect my government (a conglomerate of people and bureaucracies) to act with a specific moral compass, I do expect the individuals surrounding it to act and direct their leadership in a fashion that doesn’t belie their professed morals and standards. If we were a nation of compassionate and understanding people, of hard working and reasonable citizens, we wouldn’t allow our government to act on our behalf in a fashion that we would condemn if it were someone else.
This statement applies both ways. Political operatives on both sides promote and act in ways that may be the best solution to the predicament of self-service, but then contradict the very ideals that we are supposed to hold dear.
We are, every American, unwillingly or willingly, unknowingly or knowingly, engaged in a fight against radical Islam that uses terrorism as its main weapon. Our global war on Terrorism is really a war against the radical faction of Islam that uses said “Terror” to achieve their goals.
In this effort, there are many that are politically aligned against it. They act, say, and do things to undermine the efforts in a self-service mentality, and against all moral standards and ideals. They readily sacrifice their conscience to achieve a political goal, and in the process hurt those they profess to represent.
On the other hand, we have many Americans that have political commitments towards this war. They have essentially seeded their crops in this field, and cannot afford to pull them out. They will sacrifice their conscience to rationalize any and all actions that maintain their grip the political power and the self-service that being in
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However, the question I am asking myself is over the morality of allowing, even supporting our government’s blatant moral lapse in acting towards our own self interests. We are not in