No one will ever argue that the pursuit of peace is anything but admirable. It would be wonderful indeed if we lived in a world where everyone were motivated by their “better angels” instead of base human desires.
I can even agree with the anti-nuke protesters that there is a greater good resulting from a world without any nuclear weapons. What I can’t seem to grasp is the naive outlook these protesters have, blissfully unaware that there is a world where evil exists.
So before they abuse their rights as free Americans to trespass the very military installations providing them their blanket of security, they need to take a long, hard, view at reality. Maybe they can’t travel around the world to see firsthand where freedom and security is not a given. Maybe they can’t be bothered to comprehend all the worldwide violence from the comfort and safety of their own homes. But they only have to become aware of all the everyday violence around the Puget Sound to see that mankind is not ready for their utopian dream.
As long as there are bad people in the world I will always want a bigger stick – be it a cop “walking a beat” or our military standing guard on far away shores. It’s because I truly believe that evil exists, intent on the destruction of my freedom and liberty, by any means possible, that I am comforted that we carry the biggest stick on the block.