Tired of “weary of war”

by Nathaniel Smith, Politics: A View from West Chester, September 10, 2013 (also Daily Local News, 9/16/13)

I’m tired of hearing that Americans don’t want to attack Syria
because we are “weary of war.”

There are many better reasons not to go to war.

If we weren’t war-weary, would we look around for some other country to beat up on and expend our aggressive energies against? No, I think we are better than that.

There are many better reasons not to attack Syria. One is that war kills people. It’s too bad anyone is killing people there, but at least we aren’t doing it.

If anyone says this wouldn’t be war, try to picture how we would feel. Suppose Syria (or China, or whoever) decided to take out a few of our buildings of military and governmental importance in Chester County (along with the people in and near them) because they might be stockpiling forbidden weapons. You can bet that would look like war to us.

The Imperial Japanese Navy didn’t have any boots on the ground in Honolulu, but Americans tended to think of Pearl Harbor as an act of war.

The reason not to go to war of our own volition is that it is wrong.

We don’t need to be tired of it to be against it.

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