Accepting his Nobel Prize for Peace, President Obama strongly articulated the ethical necessity for what’s termed a “just” war. He said, “A nonviolent movement could not have halted Hitler’s armies. Negotiations cannot convince al-Qaeda’s leaders to lay down their arms… To say that force is sometimes necessary is not a call to cynicism, it is a recognition of history.”
Then, he continued, “The belief that peace is desirable is rarely enough to achieve it.”
Obama will get some heat for these stated sentiments, but he is right.
War is always a terrible thing, but sitting on the sidelines, while others are being exterminated, and calling that “peace” is even worse. Lesser nations have done this all too easily. Regardless of public opinion, we need to do better. Bush understood this. It seems our current President gets it as well.
It makes me very proud.