The West is a civilization built on arms and murder. Like any other civilization.
What is different is that the people are armed and there is less murder.
Are you forgetting WW2? The West can murder with the best of them. In fact we are better at it than the rest of the world combined. What we also have is better restraint. Not perfect but better.
Perfection is not an option. Especially when murder is a necessity.
"Good people sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf."
And if that doesn't work for you try Kiplings's "Tommy".
Or try this:
An essay on September 11
May I quote:
But whenever Americans have been challenged, they have risen to the task. In some awful way, these evil thugs may have done us a favor. America may have woken up for ever. The rage that will follow from this grief and shock may be deeper and greater than anyone now can imagine. Think of what the United States ultimately did to the enemy that bombed Pearl Harbor. Now recall that American power in the world is all but unchallenged by any other state. Recall that America has never been wealthier, and is at the end of one of the biggest booms in its history. And now consider the extent of this wound - the greatest civilian casualties since the Civil War, an assault not just on Americans but on the meaning of America itself. When you take a step back, it is hard not to believe that we are now in the quiet moment before the whirlwind. Americans will recover their dead, and they will mourn them, and then they will get down to business. Their sadness will be mingled with an anger that will make the hatred of these evil fanatics seem mild.The fellow is dead now (more is the pity) but he sure could write.
Well any way. Some of us are still angry. Others of us have gotten over it. I know how it is; life as a Copperhead is never fun. I went that route in an earlier war. It didn't work out the way I thought it would.
The Democrats have forgotten their anger. The nation has not.
And there is the Dem's problem.
Daniel Pearl vs Gitmo. Which is the bigger problem?