I was doing my usual Goofy foot on the internet when I came upon an image on HuffingtonPost.com of 11 dead Afghani children placed in a post-mortem lineup for identification. The photograph is horrifying, sickening, and yet more evidence of the cost of war.
I then made the mistake of scrolling down to the comments section–apparently I am a sadomasochist–and read the opinions contained therein.
What I read was a collection of cries of war crimes(despite no evidence of intent), that “we are” the bad guys, and generally simplistic moralizing statements that often comes from the Left when it comes to war.
Peculiarly, there was no mention in this cacophony of righteous indignation at the spilling of the blood of innocents, of the innocents killed by the Taliban and terrorist organizations in Afghanistan.Where is the outrage over those killed by rocket attacks and suicide bombers? Do they not matter as much as those killed by NATO air strikes or American cannon or machine gun fire?
Then there are the claims of “war crimes”. How quaint. Violations of laws of war occur on a regular basis. This is because those committing the crimes know that they generally will not be punished unless their actions present a challenge to the power of a stronger group. This “selective justice” is enhanced by the fact that there is no supranational independent enforcement agency that is strong enough to take on the military machines of the nations of the world. This lack of a global police force essentially makes laws of war dead letters. They are hollow because there is no force behind them.
To this last point there is another issue. These lounge chair humanitarians don’t seem to be able to grasp the difference between intentionally killing someone and unintentionally killing someone. Civilians killed in an air strike is only a war crime if it can be proven that such a strike knowingly targeted an undefended area full of civilians. But even that is no guarantee of prosecution. How many have been tried for the massive crimes in Rwanda and Cambodia? Few.
We live in an Age of Hypocrisy where people who call themselves “humanists” defend the right of a woman to kill a fetus and where pro-Lifers defend the right of people to own an instrument of death–a gun. This only proves that one’s perspective on the sanctity of life depends on how it meshes with the individual’s self-interest. The selective outrage of those appalled by the pictures on HuffingtonPost is more proof of this moral dissonance.