Thursday, December 30, 2010


Toxic Ideas

Here is what Colman McCarthy (a person I have never heard of before) wrote today:

ROTC and its warrior ethic taint the intellectual purity of a school, if by purity we mean trying to rise above the foul idea that nations can kill and destroy their way to peace.
A warrior ethic would actually do a world of good for most schools, but it's the second part of the idiotic sentence that chaps my hide. The whole of European History after, say, 1815, is the other nations' reaction to a powerful and bellicose Germany, which nation (or parts of it) conquered France in 1870, was the primary belligerent in 1914 and killed probably 40 Million people in WWII.

Here is a short list of the fights Imperial Japan started or joined in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries:

First Sino-Japanese War;
Japanese Invasion of Taiwan;
Russo-Japanese War;
Japanese forced Occupation of Korea;
Japanese Invasion of Manchuria;
Second Sino-Japanese War;
and WWII.

Has either of these problem countries caused any problem whatsoever since the Allies killed their warriors and civilians and destroyed their cities and governments during WWII? No, they have been model world citizens since 1945. So I guess it is possible for nations to kill and destroy their way to peace, as anyone above imbecile IQ should be able to grasp. It's McCarthy's utter ignorance of very basic, recent history which is foul.


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