The State's Hired Killers are not "Ministering Angels"

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

January 16, 2012

Following the Spanish-American War of 1898, the U.S. found itself mired in a campaign to suppress an independence movement in the Philippines. That conflict was condemned by many American commentators as a colonial enterprise unworthy of our country?s heritage. Minnesota Senator Knute Nelson parried those criticisms by insisting that ?We come as ministering angels, not as despots? ? a characterization that would have been a difficult sell to the 100,000 Filipinos who were killed and the millions more who were wounded, imprisoned, or displaced.

Last week a video clip emerged of a group of Marines ? that is, American ?ministering angels? -- anointing the bodies of dead Afghan rebels by urinating on the corpses. Similar photos and video clips have depicted U.S. helicopter pilots laughing as they shot at civilians who were carrying an injured man to a van in Baghdad, or American troops smiling while posing next to dead Afghans and Iraqis. [Eleven members of a U.S. Army ?kill team? in Afghanistan that targeted unarmed Afghans and cut off their fingers as war trophies have been convicted of war crimes.]

Even in those exceedingly rare circumstances when war is fought for legitimate self-defense, there is nothing angelic about the impulses it sets free in the souls of those who prosecute it.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.

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