Yesterday my wife was listening to local talk radio, and the subject of that guy who shot up all those women and children in Afghanistan was being discussed. The host was saying what a horrific thing this was. The callers disagreed. Our troops are under a lot of stress, they said. (Probably true, but then don’t do this in the first place.) And after all, those people flew planes into our buildings.
But these victims were just women and children, the flabbergasted host replied. Didn’t matter. They’ve never apologized for flying the planes into the buildings.
Now bear in mind, even apart from the low-IQ barbarism that runs through the whole exchange, that we are talking about people so remote from modern communications that they often do not even know 9/11 occurred. But when their kids are killed in an attack the military itself disavows, even this is not a source of grief.
If any other country showed this kind of callousness toward human life, we’d never hear the end of how awful they are, and how much more awesome the U.S. is.
Meanwhile, the alleged conservatives (you remember, the “limited-government” people) who are the quickest to defend these government employees are the same ones who lecture us about moral relativism.
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