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The Moral Justification of Bloodshed

I don’t often link over to the mainstream blogs, but we do regularly read what may be a surprising diversity of them.  This one comes from Matthew Yglesias (on the situation in Gaza) which I thought was insightful.

For my part, I think having supported the Iraq invasion is very much worth regretting and over the past five years I’ve changed a lot of my thinking about national security policy and war and peace in general. I was skeptical of the merits of Israel’s attack on Lebanon, skeptical about Ethiopia’s invasion of Somalia, skeptical about Georgia’s attack on South Ossetia, and skeptical about Russia’s furious counter-attack on Georgia. Long story short, I’m strongly inclined to believe that political actors are much too eager to believe that the aggressive use of military force will accomplish their objectives, and also inclined to believe that political actors are much too eager to believe that bloodshed is morally justifiable.

Perhaps the same could be said about Russia’s eagerness to believe that the cutting off of the energy supply to Europe will also be just as effective in accomplishing their goals.  It has worked to perfection so far.