“Thou shalt not kill unless the killing will bring democracy to everyone else.”

Wait, that’s not how it goes.

I realize not all readers here are interested in the Christian theology behind the ideas of liberty, but for those that are, Jacob Hornberger has an excellent new(ish) article on the Iraq War at the Future of Freedom Foundation:

[W]e don’t know even know how many Iraqis have been killed because early on U.S. officials announced that they would keep track only of the American dead, not Iraqi dead. That seems to me to be an unusual policy, especially when the U.S. government is supposedly doing all this for the benefit of the Iraqi people, or at least those who survive the invasion and occupation.

Doesn’t the failure to keep count of the Iraqi dead imply that the number of Iraqi dead doesn’t really matter? If it takes 10,000, or 100,000, or a million dead, it’s considered a regrettable but necessary step to achieving democracy. And if democracy is achieved, the deaths are to be considered “worth it,” just as the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi children were considered “worth it.”

Many American Christians claim that Muslims are inherently violent people. But it seems to me that such a description could easily be applied to those American Christians who see nothing wrong with killing an unlimited number of people for the sake of achieving such political goals as democracy and regime change.

Read the whole piece here.

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