How could the Fort Hood shooter be opposed to war, but not to killing? Perhaps in the same way other people are opposed to killing, but not to war.
I haven’t been following the Fort Hood story very closely, to be honest, so I don’t have much commentary to offer on the situation in general. However, this sort of puzzlement at an antiwar murderer is a reaction I’ve noticed, nicely summarized by the comic at right.
So — while not diminishing the tragedy at Ft. Hood, for it certainly is a tragedy — I’d like to take this opportunity to address this most interesting reaction (from Townhall, no less, which is anything but antiwar) to this killing spree. It’s a recognition of the hypocrisy of murdering while not supporting war. But where is the introspection? Where is the realization that supporting aggressive war while opposing murder is just as hypocritical?
Nowhere to be found, it seems. So to make up for it, I’ve collected (below the jump) a few quotes on the difficulty of taking either oxymoronic position.
- If the unborn children happen to be living in the wombs of women on whom U.S. bombs and rockets rain down in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, however, all Republican concerns for the unborn evaporate completely, as do the Democrats’ concerns for the poor children living in the selfsame bombarded villages. — Robert Higgs
- It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder. — Albert Einstein
- What is absurd and monstrous about war is that men who have no personal quarrel should be trained to murder one another in cold blood. — Aldous Huxley
- War is organized murder and torture against our brothers. — Alfred Adler
- Political language … is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. — George Orwell
- Dress it as we may…huzza it, and sing swaggering songs about it, what is war, nine times out of ten, but murder in uniform? — Douglas Jerrold
- Vietnam should remind conservatives that whenever you put your faith in big government for any reason, sooner or later you wind up an apologist for mass murder. — Karl Hess
- Man has no right to kill his brother. It is no excuse that he does so in uniform: he only adds the infamy of servitude to the crime of murder. — Percy Bysshe Shelley
- A man who kills on his own is a murderer. A man who kills at his government’s request is a national hero. — Ramman Kenoun
- I learned nothing from war. War is not an activity for human beings; war is for criminals—rape, robbery and murder. — Roman Podabedov
- If you support any offensive war, consider yourself just as culpable of murder as the most insane serial killer. — Sarah Bellum
- If you kill one person you are a murderer. If you kill ten people you are a monster. If you kill ten thousand you are a national hero. — Vassilis Epaminondou
- All murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets. — Voltaire
So yes, let’s be outraged and saddened at mass shootings like Ft. Hood. But let’s also be outraged and saddened at the mass shooting which is happening all day, every day, paid for by our tax dollars and sanctioned by our government, in Iraq and Afghanistan.Published in