Feel good utopia

Dr. Sanity and Wretchard have some thoughts stimulated by the McCain “feel good” effort to ammend some legislation, any legislation, to prohibit what is already prohibited.

In short, war itself has become the object of utopian fantasies. In those utopian fantasies, a perfect country never goes to war in the first place; but if they did, then they would do it perfectly, with perfect human beings behaving in perfectly preordained fashion. The enemy, of course is free to behave in any way they wish.

The goal of the utopian war is not to win, but to demonstate moral superiority.

Sacrifice; thinking; choosing among difficult alternatives; and accepting responsibility for one’s actions–none of these behaviors are appropriate for a utopian war.

The question is about whether one is looking for utopia or living in the real world.

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