Friday, January 20, 2006

Munich

I posted the following in response to a discussion at
http://www.cafehayek.com
about Steven Spielburg's movie Munich

Rule of law requires a fair trial by a jury of peers, something Americans are becoming less and less aquainted with these days. My curiosity has been aroused enough to want to see this movie now.
The Zionists (not all Jews are Zionists, you know) certainly may have legitimately begun their modern settlement of Canaan (Palestine being the name given to this land by Europeans)by buying the land. However, with the advent of their war for independence methods were employed that were less than you know what.
Does the Jewish secular mentality have a place for just war theory? The Libertarian tradition had its roots in this theory by virtue of its emergence from the Catholic Christian tradition. As Libertarianism, European, and popular American thought (ironically, especially evangelicals) loses its connection with just war we make vulnerable many, if not all, of our inherited rights. America lost its conscience in this regard during the Civil War when Union soldiers were encouraged by their officers to attack and impose force upon civilians. The southern gentlemen (let it be known now that I was born and raised a Yankee, now abiding in the Containment Area for Relocated Yankees known as CARY, NC) would not have considered such action against an enemy an option. It was the fascist (read: do whatever appears necessary) government of Abraham Lincoln that allow such attrocities to go unpunished and launched such a culture upon on unsuspecting world. The Great White Fleet, Commodore Perry, and every American military action since then have gradually eroded what little was left of just war opinion on this continent. Now we consider torture of our enemies legitimate, and invasion of citizens privacy constitutional.
We must remember that the nature of constitutional government arises from a tradition honoring worldview and that most constitutional law before America was unwritten. We must look beyond our written constitution to the traditions it was founded upon to interpret what is written and protect the liberties we hold dear.

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