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“Let us recollect that peace or war will not always be left to our option; that however moderate or unambitious we may be, we cannot count upon the moderation, or hope to extinguish the ambition of others.”
It may seem like a trivial opinion that peace requires everyone to agree. A fight will continue until all parties stop fighting. If someone starts hitting me, I am now in a fight, regardless of whether I want to be in a fight or not. This applies in foreign policy as well. Does anyone remember that George W. Bush ran on a platform of keeping us out of foreign wars?
When September 11th happened, it meant we were at war until the Islamic Supremacists decided to stop attacking us. We could sit and take the beating, or fight back. Naturally, we chose to fight. I remember people seriously discussing the use of tactical nuclear weapons in Afghanistan. Mr. Moderate, John McCain, stated: “May God have mercy on them, for we will not.” Our military mobilized and devastated the Taliban and Al Qaeda. Although they regrouped and maintained a slow burn, every time that they have come together we slaughtered them. This is as it should be.
This kind of mindset drove me toward conservatism. All of the weenie leftists in college moaned about peace like it was a drug they were smoking. We were bad people and deserved 9/11 for being bad. The idea of kneeling in submission to jihadis and Osama, letting them treat America like the new prisoner in the cellblock, filled me with white-hot rage. Even if we surrendered, they might have just keep killing us as sacrifices to Allah.
Fight the enemy until they know they are defeated. Then, both of you can agree on peace.
“Si vis pacem, para bellum” – Vegetius (If you desire peace, prepare for war)