February 15, 2003

World Opinion

From the outset of this latest heating-up of our decade-long conflict with Iraq, opponents of war have stressed that military action (particularly of the “unilateral” kind) should be avoided because of, or would negatively effect, world opinion. That argument begins with the assumption that the opinion of “the world” (as if five billion wondrously diverse individuals share a single opinion) is of sufficient importance that it should be a guiding force in making serious decisions that will affect the lives of many thousands, if not millions, of people. I believe this assumption to be wrong.

“World opinion” simply isn’t a worthwhile consideration in matters as weighty as the War on Terrorism. The aim of this war (of which the war against Sadaam is a part) is to eliminate or make ineffective the networks of terrorist organizations and their accomplices in governments, thus making the world a good deal safer for not only Americans, but for every person and group on the planet that prefers civilization to crazed destruction. Given that, worrying “what will X think about it” is ridiculous, if not criminally negligent.

Fear of upsetting another’s sensibilities or emotions should never hinder one from doing what is right and beneficial. When lives are at stake, it shouldn’t even be considered. The lives of human beings are worth infinitely more than their opinions.

Posted by at February 15, 2003 8:16 PM | PROCURE FINE OLD WORLD ABSINTHE