9 September 2004

Real men shoot pre-emptively.

Yesterday in the wake of the school siege that killed hundreds of people (including many children), Col. Gen. Yuri Baluyevsky, chief of the Russian General Staff, claimed the right to pre-emptively strike terrorist bases anywhere in the world. On the surface, the remarks are reminiscent of Bush's doctrine of pre-emption adopted after 9/11, although I personally don't think the so-called "Bush doctrine of pre-emption" represents a signficant break with the past. The U.S. has been pre-emptively invading countries and nations even before the U.S. was the U.S. Perhaps the only thing that has changed is the government's compunctions about such actions. There is no longer an obligation to drum up some lie or fabricate an event to justify military aggression. With Bush, the prez can now simply swagger onto a platform and cite the fact that he has received the mandate of Heaven. All other discussions about right and wrong and just war are for the girlie-men in their liberal academies. Real men, after all, shoot from the hip and ask questions later (or not at all).

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