|Sharon Romagnoli Macdonald wrote:|
> The loudest voices will be shouting LOVE and JUSTICE. You
> can hear them as we speak.
Love, for what? Justice? By what standard? The appeasers blithering about love and justice wouldn't know either one if Aphrodite and Themis were to come down from Olympus and take turns spanking them.
> First of all, where's the justice in supporting a country
> founded on religion alone? Are not integration and
> compromise necessary in a social context?
The Jews are as much an ethnic as they are a religious group. If Israel was founded solely on religion, do you think that Muslims and Christians would be allowed to live side-by-side with Jews? Do you think that Orthodox Jews would tolerate the presence of more liberal Jews, or even non-observant Jews if Israel was founded solely on religion?
Why should those who respect the rights of others integrate with those who do not? Why should the traders compromise with the Attilas and the witch-doctors?
If you want to decide which country to support today, don't look at the ideals on which it was founded. Examine the ideals its people practice, not the ones they preach.
The Islamo-fascist terrorists don't care who they kill. Women and children are fair game to them. Say what you will about Israel's military, but they at least make the effort to avoid harming non-combatants.
> Do Objectivists read KARL POLANYI? He might inspire
> some solutions other than brute force.
I've read Polanyi's The Great Transformation. I found Von Mises' Human Action more enlightening. And, frankly, when somebody offers me violence, I make it clear that I don't want any by giving back what they've dared to try to give me. You want justice? I'll give you justice: respect my rights and I'll respect yours. Trample my rights, and I'll kick your ass.
(Edited by Matthew Graybosch
on 7/26, 10:12am)