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Monday, February 12, 2007

Proxy wars: The moral difference between Afghanistan 1987 vs Iran 2007

Before we bomb Iran, I'd like to hear Bush coherently explain the legal or moral difference between Afghanistan 1987 and Iran 2007.

Many people say that history circles but others say it spirals. I vote for spiral:

* Two decades ago the US was supplying weapons to insurgents external linkexternal link to kill Russian occupiers in Afghanistan; today, the US is accusing Iran of supplying weapons to kill American occupiers in Iraq.

* Back then, American-leader Reagan was vocally critical of the occupiers; today, Russian leader Putin is vocally critical of the occupiers.

* Back then, America was arming the religiously-motivated insurgents; today we're fighting them.

* Back then we hated Iran; today we hate Iran... some things don't change!

One thing has totally changed -- how America feels about proxy wars.

Today, many Americans think we have the legal and moral right to bomb Iran because they're supply weapons to kill American soldiers. Back then, I don't remember any Americans saying that Russia had the legal and moral right to bomb America because we were supplying weapons to kill Soviet soldiers.

It should also be note that the Soviets were willing to negotiate with America at the very time we were supplying arms to kill their soldiers by the thousands. external link

Like Jesus himself, I think the penultimate moral guide from scripture is "So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets."

Did we Americans want the Soviets to bomb us for arming the militants? If not, no Christian should advocate for the bombing of Iran for doing just like we did not very long ago.

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