Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Truer words have rarely been written

Ralph Peters in the New York Post:

War doesn't change anything! How many times have we heard the claim from self-righteous leftists protected by their betters?


War doesn't change anything? Wish it were true - but war has been humankind's preferred means of effecting change.

We're all - right and left - getting an in-your-face lesson about how the world really works. Passive resistance only has a chance when your opponent believes in the rule of law and respect for human rights. Gandhi was effective against law-abiding Britain, but he would've frozen to death in the Soviet gulag - if he'd lived long enough to reach the camps.

I'd love it if we lived in a world where war truly didn't work. But war does work. That doesn't mean we shouldn't pursue other means of resolving international crises - but effective idealism has to be grounded in a practical grasp of present reality.

To make the world a better place, we have to begin with a clear-eyed assessment of what kind of place the world is.

That's the main problem liberals have: They view the world as it should be, in a utopia, as opposed to how it really is, in reality.

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