“Guerrillas Kill over 30, wound Dozens, In Continued Iraq Violence: Sadr Movement Coming in Third in South,” by Juan Cole, Informed Consent, http://www.juancole.com/2005/02/guerrillas-kill-over-30-wound-dozens.html, 8 February 2005.
mil·i·ta·rism (mĭl’ĭ-tə-rĭz’əm) pronunciation
1. Glorification of the ideals of a professional military class.
2. Predominance of the armed forces in the administration or policy of the state.
3. A policy in which military preparedness is of primary importance to a state
Given that, how is Juan Cole not a militarist?
Although I do not believe that everyone who advocates a war must go and fight it, I do believe that young men who advocate a war must go and fight it. Goldberg was in his early 30s in 2002, and the army would have taken him. An older colleague who was at Harvard in 1941 told me about how the freshman class rushed to enlist. That was the characteristic of the Greatest Generation– they put their money where their mouths were. Goldberg’s response was insulting to all the soldiers fighting in Iraq who have suffered economically and who are remote from their families.
Update: Zen Pundit chimes in, with typically brilliant remarks
Strong words. And something of a moral free pass for anti-war activists since if military service is a duty incumbent upon citizens in a time of war this duty exists regardless of the political opinions held by the citizens.