The Three Paradoxes of War The bottom line is this: the enemy declared war on us on September 11, 2001.

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By Lynn Woolley

Editor’s note:  This column was written on September 22, 2001.  This is dedicated to those who died in service to the United States of America.

War! Good God, y’all! What is it good for?

The answer, given in a popular protest song is “absolutely nothing.” And guess what! Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-California) and protesters on more than a hundred college campuses nationwide believe it!

NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 11, 2001: (SEPTEMBER 11 RETROSPECTIVE) Smoke pours from the twin towers of the World Trade Center after they were hit by two hijacked airliners in a terrorist attack September 11, 2001 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Giroux/Getty Images)

But how? How can any American look at the footage of airplanes being deliberately crashed into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and believe that there is no justification – no reason – for war? It boggles the mind, and yet the peacenik crowd is clinging to a sixties mentality, refusing to admit that for everything, there is a time – even for war.

The young liberals, their leftist professors, and Ms. Lee will tell you that war is senseless. They’re right, of course, but only on the most basic level. They see war as a marriage. Sit down, talk it out, get counseling, find common ground. This won’t work, though, because the other side is not a bunch of touch-feely American liberals. Osama bin Laden and others like him are tough and uncompromising. They have been called “cowardly” but they are not. They are willing, even eager, to die in battle. They are evil.

Maybe Ms. Lee and the peaceniks can understand this better if we look at three paradoxes of war, because these seem to be issues on which the academic left is quite confused:

Paradox #1: In order to maintain peace, we must stockpile weapons of war. 

U.S. Rep Barbara Lee D-CA official portrait

How many times must this principle be proven true before liberals can grasp it? From the days of the “Missile Gap” to the winning of the Cold War, it’s always been America’s superiority that has made our enemies wary of opposing us. It’s our well-trained fighting forces, our determination, and our military technology that keeps us free. In this case, we will most likely go to war not against individual terrorists but against the countries that harbor them. That means that our military might is absolutely essential. Those who constantly oppose American military superiority because “it’s not fair” are really saying that political correctness is more important than freedom.

Paradox #2: In order to save lives, many people will die.

From D-Day and Iwo Jima to Vietnam and Desert Storm, American troops have gone into battle knowing what the price of freedom is. That price often includes what’s now known as “collateral damage,” the killing of civilians in the course of battle. That’s how the Japanese were convinced to surrender in World War II, and yet, how many more lives were spared because of it? The Clintonized military made it a point never to risk an American life in battle so that opinion polls would always be favorable. A risk-free war won’t work now.

Paradox #3: In order to defeat the enemy, it is necessary to afford them their greatest honor.

Our new war will be fought against an enemy that considers death in battle to be an honor. Their only goal for America, our allies, and our way of life is total destruction. Therefore, we must honor them by killing them. It’s the only way. If we fail, they will keep coming until they have brought us to our knees. We must recognize this fact, and understand that the only response to this fanatical jihad is to investigate, identify, and then strike back with a terrible, swift sword. This is not the time for trials in international courts; it’s the time to rid the world of this kind of evil.

Video: Edwin Starr – War (What is it good for)

The bottom line is this: the enemy declared war on us on September 11, 2001. That is true even if one lonely California Congresswoman and a bunch of progressive academics and students are in denial. Most of the rest of us are united. We know what we face, and we know what we have to do.

War! What is it good for? When a war becomes necessary – when it is a choice between good and evil as this new war is – it’s good for these things: truth, justice, honor, liberty, freedom, and in general, what was once referred to as “the American way.”

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