Saturday, March 08, 2008

Thank Goodness for Counting Cats

The folks over at samizdata posted this video on their blog. It shows a Dutch Apache helicopter taking out some Taliban thugs.

On that thread, commenter Counting Cats had this to say:
I am sorry, killing people may be an existential necessity, but watching it as entertainment is barbaric.

How is this any different to the snuff flick of Daniel Pearl?
Counting Cats (CC) was taken to task by several other commenters for being too squeamish and perhaps even morally neutral about who are the good guys and who are the bad guys here. While I don't share CC's reaction to the video, I rejoice in his (her?) existence. What kind of a world would it be if people like CC didn't exist or if they had to hide their views? Who knows, we might all be living in something akin to Somalia.

This is what can happen when the rough men with guns totally dominate a nation.

CC's civilized response is precisely why our military is a force for good in the world.

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