In One Eye

Tuesday, August 30, 2005
Digby links to the following with the surprising statement that the writer, Peter Daou,
points out the overlooked fact that the left views the war from a moral standpoint—indeed, the left views our relationship with the world from a moral standpoint—while the right sees both those things from a material standpoint. It seems obvious now that he's brought it up, but I've never actually thought about it quite that way before.
I respect Digby a lot, but it's shocking that he's "never actually thought" about the fundamental difference between the left and the right. Certainly, this blog has frequently bemoaned the lack of Christian ethics that Dear Leader and his cronies evince while all the time asserting their spirituality. Any Christian who pays attention can see this phenomenon. Perhaps Digby needs to go to church more. Anyway, here's Daou's thesis.
The unbridgeable divide between the left and right’s approach to Iraq and the WoT is, among other things, a disagreement over the value of moral and material strength, with the left placing a premium on the former and the right on the latter. The right (broadly speaking) can’t fathom why the left is driven into fits of rage over every Abu Ghraib, every Gitmo, every secret rendition, every breach of civil liberties, every shifting rationale for war, every soldier and civilian killed in that war, every Bush platitude in support of it, every attempt to squelch dissent. They see the left's protestations as appeasement of a ruthless enemy. For the left (broadly speaking), America’s moral strength is of paramount importance; without it, all the brute force in the world won’t keep us safe, defeat our enemies, and preserve our role as the world’s moral leader ...

War hawks squeal about America-haters and traitors, heaping scorn on the so-called “blame America first" crowd, but they fail to comprehend that the left reserves the deepest disdain for those who squander our moral authority. The scars of a terrorist attack heal and we are sadder but stronger for having lived through it. When our moral leadership is compromised by people draped in the American flag, America is weakened. The loss of our moral compass leaves us rudderless, open to attacks on our character and our basic decency. And nothing makes our enemies prouder. They can't kill us all, but if they permanently stain our dignity, they've done irreparable harm to America.
I may be missing something in Digby's statement, but this (while very well articulated) seems a no-brainer.