by John Hawkins | September 10, 2002 2:15 pm
The Difference Between The Liberal And Conservative ‘Debate’ Over The War On Terrorism: After reading this long and rambling editorial about how liberals can’t seem to make up their minds about the ‘War on Terrorism’, I was inspired to write the following analogy that I think sums up the differences between how the left and the right as a whole have responded to this crisis.
Question: You are walking down a deserted street with your wife and two small children. Suddenly, a dangerous looking man with a huge knife comes around the corner and is running at you while screaming obscenities. In your hand is a .357 Magnum and you are an expert shot. You have mere seconds before he reaches you and your family. What do you do?
Liberal Answer: Well that’s not enough information to answer the question! Does the man look poor or oppressed? Have I ever done anything to him that is inspiring him to attack? Could we run away? What does my wife think? What about the kids? Could I possibly swing the gun like a club and knock the gun out of his hand? What does the law say about this situation? Is it possible he’d be happy with just killing me? Does he definitely want to kill me or would he just be content to wound me? If I were to grab his knees and hold on, could my family get away while he was stabbing me? This is all so confusing! I need to debate this with some friends for a few days to try to come to a conclusion.
Conservative Answer: I shoot him.
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