Why I fled George Bush's war

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Wed, 07 Mar 2007 12:36:51 GMT  <== Politics ==> 

Joshua Key at Macleans - one soldier's story of his experience in Iraq. Mr. Key fled the war and is now living in Canada. [saltypig]

It struck me then that we, the American soldiers, were the terrorists. We were terrorizing Iraqis. Intimidating them. Beating them. Destroying their homes. Probably raping them. The ones we didn't kill had all the reasons in the world to become terrorists themselves. Given what we were doing to them, who could blame them for wanting to kill us, and all Americans? A sick realization lodged like a cancer in my gut. It grew and festered, and troubled me more with every passing day. We, the Americans, had become the terrorists in Iraq.

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You call yourself a Libertarian?

Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 07 Mar 2007 18:38:03 GMT

I fail to see how this is a Libertarian perspective. This is liberalism and radicalism. I bet you think Bush attacked the world trade center. Your not a college professor are you?

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This isn't any perspective.

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Thu, 08 Mar 2007 11:13:09 GMT

This isn't a perspective. It's a story I thought was interesting and relevant, which I posted without comment. But no libertarian could possibly support the war on Iraq. Who initiated force here? Iraq's government certainly initiated violence against the Iraqi people, but they never attacked America. The United States attacked Iraq.

If Ahmed initiates force against John's brother, as a libertarian, John is likely justified in retribution against Ahmed, but he is most certainly not justified in retribution against Ahmed's brother. That's what war is. Ahmed's government does something that John's government doesn't like, so John's countrymen kill Ahmed's countrymen, and women, and children. 100% collectivist. 0% libertarian.

But do read once again the definition of libertarian, the Zero Aggression Principle, which I have conveniently added to the right side-bar of this blog.

I do think that Bush and company were responsible for the World Trade Center demolition. I don't work as a college professor, but I am the absent-minded professor type.

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