If an opinion is worth a nickel, then most of us are millionaires who are philanthropic. The respected columnist Charles Krauthammer’s Sept. 12 sharing of his wealth gave me goose bumps (“This is war, where enemy must fall”). His call to war against an ill defined, ephemeral enemy promising our destruction and identified by a terrifying ideology is problematic. Declarations of war forever change the weave of world culture: faith believes they are justified; experience confirms they only perpetuate conflict forever memorialized by the dried, youthful blood fertilizing history’s battle fields.
Our government branches and media persuaders are enthusiastically rushing in where angels fear to tread, to rid us of a devil long ignored and little understood. Rushed decisions made at the height of passion seldom turn out well. The wisdom of maturity offers the perspective that passions annealed by reflection best serve to accomplish the long-term goals this country’s citizens traditionally pledge allegiance to.