Kalroy Was Here

Eighth man from Adam, an artificer of metals

Tuesday, June 04, 2002

I've always been a fan of John Woo's films. I don't know the man personally, and I had never considered his politics before but tonight on FOXNews (Shepard Smith's show) he made a statement that will perpetually brand him as yet another "Aunt Nellie Idiot." "War is never good for anyone." On the face of it, it seems like a reasonable comment. We all know war is horrific, disgusting, and something that should be avoided when possible. But the simple fact that Mr. Woo has neglected to consider is that war is sometimes good for people. The allies waging war against Germany was certainly good for a number of jews, it was good for the French and the Dutch. The US waging war against Japan was certainly good for a number of Chinese, and for the Phillipines. South Korea, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia are certainly in a better state because the 'Free World' waged war.

In all these cases waging war, or continuing war was a good thing for a number of people. Certainly no war in the very first place (Germany not attacking anyone, North Korea not attacking South Korea, et al) would have been better. However, despite what many say, war and conflict is not a dance; it may take two to tango, but it only takes one to begin conflict.