Dear Mr. Kalb and Fellow Readers,
Does philosophy help us decide what to do about Iranâ€™s nuclear weaponâ€™s program? Yes. Kill or be killed. This is not a philosophy we are used to hearing. We are used to hearing well-structured arguments against violence and war; these arguments are overwhelmingly liberal. For example, the liberal objection to the Vietnam War was not the death of Americans but the existence of Republicans, which liberals articulated in terms of interference in a civil war and the unnecessary death of the North and South Vietnamese peace-loving peoples.
Kill or be killed has served mankind well (although this is not a philosophy that must be, considering Jesus). Santa Ana, the Soviet Union, the Khmer Rouge, the Nazis, the Baathist Party, and the Moors, to name but a few, would have murdered anyone in America that in the slightest way displeased them. These entities were or are tyrannies, and we, as mankindâ€™s endeavoring heirs, strive to defy and hopefully to destroy them.
Kill Christians and Israel is embraced as a divine purpose by Iran. Iran has on multiple occasions foolishly declared its purpose to obliterate Israel. It has nicely indicated it has no qualms about using nuclear weapons against Israel a/k/a infidels a/k/a Christians. Iran is led by lunatics: a country that threatens to use nuclear weapons against a country (Israel) allied with a country (the U.S.) that would, hopefully, destroy every vestige of Islam, soon, but not without warning. The U.S., therefore, should consider a pre-emptive nuclear strike against every Islamic controlled region.
I am more than willing to hear opposing views about this awful view.