Cowardice is Uglier than War

Regular readers know my thoughts on war. I hate it. I’m am staunchly against it. The reasons for why are beyond counting.

But recent events have reminded me of a quote by John Stuart Mill which, in my pre-libertarian years, meant something completely different than it does to me now when I read it (bold emphasis added).

War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth a war, is much worse. When a people are used as mere human instruments for firing cannon or thrusting bayonets, in the service and for the selfish purposes of a master, such war degrades a people. A war to protect other human beings against tyrannical injustice; a war to give victory to their own ideas of right and good, and which is their own war, carried on for an honest purpose by their free choice, — is often the means of their regeneration. A man who has nothing which he is willing to fight for, nothing which he cares more about than he does about his personal safety, is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself. As long as justice and injustice have not terminated their ever-renewing fight for ascendancy in the affairs of mankind, human beings must be willing, when need is, to do battle for the one against the other.”

Like I said, I am anti-war. But there are some things I against more than war, which is witnessing the destruction of my country, my culture, and my heritage.

My ancestors’ homelands are being destroyed by their own governments through years of disarming and emasculating the native populations while importing people who will have no scruples implementing policies worthy of a dark age and undermining cultural achievements that took many lives and many centuries to cultivate. This is what happens when you’re conquered. We see this happening in America, too.

The blame for this cannot be laid at the feet of the invaders. The true culprit is the state. And as much as the invaders loudly proclaim their intent, the state is the one that makes it possible.

Since the Paris attacks Friday, there has been all kinds of talk about war, but hardly any seem to understand who our true enemy is.

And so the state will continue to perpetuate wars of aggression in foreign lands while enabling the victims of these conflicts to carry out reprisal attacks on civilians and import refugees to displace their own people.

This will continue, because of cowards. Cowards who don’t believe in anything enough to fight for it, to kill for it. Cowards who betray their own people because they’d rather live than die with honor and dignity. Cowards who sell out their culture in order to appease the current sociopaths in power. Cowards who choose to be an autoimmune disease to their own religion, values, and tradition so to reap the benefits of the existing regime. Cowards consumed with self-hatred.

Cowards don’t deserve to be protected because ultimately they’re liars; they claim to believe in liberty and freedom, but when the moment of truth comes they shirk the responsibility that comes with their convictions, exposing themselves for the frauds they are.

The time will soon be upon us when these cowards will either determine our fate, put aside their cowardice and join us, or be cast aside themselves.

Patton once said he’d rather have a German tank division in front of him than a French one behind him. I’d rather have a brave enemy in front of me, who is willing to die for his beliefs as I am mine, than be shackled to a coward claiming to be on my side before he stabs me in the back like some Roman senator.

I’d rather see war, a war instigated and waged by individuals against their respective states, come to my homeland and my ancestors’ homelands, than suffer the indignity of cowards in my company as they placate those who seek to destroy all that I cherish.

If my culture is doomed, I’d rather die than live to see its destroyers revel the day.

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