We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
What is Liberal-Left pacifism all about, and is it any different than defeatism? I have always viewed it as a sort of knee-jerk anti-Americanism; an unhealthy death wish. Why is the battle in Lebanon termed a "crisis"? Why is a cease-fire "urgent" here, and not in Darfur? Paul at Powerline suggests that the notion of war by the clock is a mental compromise between pacifism and the unwillingness to totally abandon the idea of self-defence. One quote:
The concept of fighting a war for a limited, pre-established duration is, to put it gently, a post-modern one. Prior to the left's call for a time-table in Iraq, I'm not aware of any precedent for this peculiar approach to warfare. So it is fair to ask, what are the reasons why Israel should be allowed only a few weeks to finish a military operation it initiated in order to prevent its citizens from being bombed by an enemy committed to Israel's destruction?
I've noticed that Libs just can't accept that some people need killing - even people who have murdered Americans and expressed the desire to murder many more. What most people accept as necessary for the good of all, the Libs label a “humanitarian crisis.”
They want to treat dictators and terrorists like children. They just can't let go of the delusion that a nice long talk will convince them all to settle down and play nice. If that really doesn't work, then the nasty conservatives will start spanking the bad child. Before the spanking gets too serious, the Libs want to jump in a talk some more.
The problem, of course, is that the bad guys are all grown up and can't be talked out of anything - especially by a bunch of pussy liberals who won't back up their talk with action.