Objectivist and libertarian warmongers often erroneously
claim that anyone stating that the U.S. bears some responsibility for
9-11 are "America haters." As a general statement, this is, of course,
absurd. Despite the sophistry of some Objectivist warmongers, to
“understand X” is not the same as to “excuse X.” More often, we seek
understanding of how and why something bad happened so we can correct
the situation and avoid it in the future.
Compare what some freedom-lovers have said regarding past government
actions around the world with this from essayist Charley Reese about
the private use of guns:
The best self-defense tactic
is to avoid putting yourself in a position where you will need to
shoot. The majority of violent crimes are committed in certain
neighborhoods. You know where they are. Stay out of them. Don't mope
about looking vulnerable. Secure your home and secure your car. You
don't have to be grim to be alert.
A peaceful person who is attacked or robbed is most emphatically not responsible for the attack
itself, regardless of where he goes. BUT...anyone who blithely blunders
about in “certain neighborhoods”; anyone who acts as though his
innocence gives him a shield of invulnerability; and, worse, anyone who
deliberately pokes at a
figurative hornets’ nest, daring the less-savory among us to indulge in
their irrational violence at our expense; any such individual is most definitely responsible FOR BEING FRAKKING STUPID. It is
irrational and self-destructive to ignore
reality — even a reality that “shouldn’t be” — and pretend that
one’s wishes for peaceful
coexistence do or will, in fact, create such a context. Willful
ignorance is immoral.
To that extent, the governmental
officials — and that segment of the American public that supported them
— who conceived and implemented our disastrous foreign policies are responsible for what happened
Even more immediately and more damning, those bastards who made it
virtually impossible for pilots, crews, and passengers to DEFEND THEMSELVES as the Second
Amendment guarantees should be convicted and executed for the mass
murders that their unconstitutional and immoral actions made possible.
A murderer is, indeed, solely responsible for the deaths of those he
kills. But those who DISARMED
those victims and robbed them
of their ability to withstand the assaults of these human jackals and
hyenas are equally at fault for their outrageous violations of rights
and common sense.
Freedom, rights, and morality do not require that we “project forward
force” or poke our armed noses into every pesthole around the world.
We need to “stay out of” those “certain neighborhoods.” Let them
We need to “avoid putting” ourselves in situations where we “will need
to shoot.” Let the crazies of the world clash with their equally
nutsoid adversaries and destroy each other.
We need to “secure our home.” Let those bastards dare leave their
cesspools of irrationality, and we will destroy them.
The true “America haters” are those who equate the State with our
nation; who applaud and promote policies that bring ruin to American
lives and American freedoms; who eagerly spend the lives of our
soldiers and the wealth of others for less than nothing.
That, I do, indeed, hate.
Get Me Started!, 2-04-08