Tuesday, May 30, 2006

War...Good God y'all

I guess I should chime in with a more detailed response to the war discussion started by ADK Mom yesterday. I fear that I’m coming across as sounding like some kind of warmonger—and nothing could be further from the truth.

First, I direct you to the message Aaron left in comments. For two guys with a reputation for having opposite opinions on many topics, we find ourselves in agreement once again (at least in principle).

Do I like war? No! I pray my children will go through their lives without ever having to experience it. Are peaceful resolutions preferable? Of course.

But I acknowledge that is not always possible and that some things are worth fighting for. The American Revolution was worth it (see also Marc’s comments). Stopping Hitler was worth it. And I believe going into Afghanistan in 2001 was the right thing to do.

Iraq is a whole other breed of cat. Although I was onboard in the beginning, those I’ve discussed the subject with know that I freely admit now it was a colossal mistake. While I may disagree with some of you loyal readers on theories behind the reasons for the war, we’re on the same page in thinking that it was wrong to begin with and has been handled wrong so far.

I stop short before joining the cry for immediate withdrawal. Now that we’ve created this mess, I think it would be wrong to just leave. I know you can’t publicize the “exit strategy” without tipping our hand. But I’d just like to know that there is an exit strategy—because right now I don’t believe there is one.

That’s all I have to say on this topic for now. Now let’s move on to lighter things…


ADKmom said...

You're right. I didn't mean to open a can of worms. So often we talk about our lives with people we see in our days but never deeper issues. I think a blog is a great place to bring them up. But being deep constantly can be a bummer too. Here's some lighter news--Thomas learned he could stick clothes pins to his Thomas th Tank trains and drag them around.

Aaron Hull said...

We bought a van today!!

Anonymous said...

What type of van, a nice A-team like van :)

Did you sell your Jeep?

I got an idea, post picts on your blog.

Marc, typing one-handed (Mara in the other helping daddy type)

Shannon said...

Can Mara help you spell too?


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