Critics of the Iraq War are quick to argue that because Saddam hadn’t killed Americans and didn’t pose an immediate threat to Americans, the war wasn’t justified. I don’t know of anyone — Howard Dean, Al Gore, Michael Moore — who believes America would have been wrong to overthrow the Baathists had the Iraqi state gassed thousands of American women and children, thrown scores of Americans into plastic shredders, tortured American children in front of their parents, and tyrannically oppressed millions of Americans living in Iraq.
In other words, the critics think the Iraq War is immoral because Saddam’s victims were foolish enough to be born to Kurds and Shiites, and not born to Americans who lived in Iraq.
The only difference between the hypothetical war that critics say would be justified, and the real war they rage against, is that America has used its resources and strength on behalf of its Kurd, Shiite and Sunni brethren, rather than on itself.
Now, when the topic of conversation turns to Issues that are Difficult to Reconcile with Christianity, it would, it seems to me, be hard to top this premise of the war’s critics: it is moral to use our wealth and power for our own benefit, but immoral to use that wealth and power on behalf of our oppressed neighbors.