Um. Donald Trump just went full comic book villain.
You know how in the movies there is always that one guy who wants good things but is willing to do bad things to get them and then the hero of the story has to stand up for moral principals by standing against the first guy? Here’s the scenario:
Morally Confused Good Guy: We have to blow up the school full of kids to save the town from that zombie plague.
Morally Sure Good Guy: We can’t do that. There are a bunch of innocent kids in that school. We have to figure out another way, or we are as bad as the zombie plague creators!
Morally Confused Good Guy: There is NO OTHER WAY!
Morally Sure Good Guy: There must be…
At this point the “real” good guy rushes head long into the school, saves the kids, stops the plague and proves that then ends don’t always justify the means. We must have a moral center in everything we do, even when (especially when) it’s hard. This is why our police must get warrants to search a suspect’s home, this is why the FBI can’t just tap our phones. Sometimes doing the right thing the right way is hard, but it is always necessary.
Which brings us to Donald Trump.
In a recent interview with Fox and Friends on Fox News Trump said something that should bother EVERYONE.
My policy has always been the same. We’re fighting ISIS and Assad is fighting ISIS, but we’re backing rebels to fight Assad. You can’t fight everybody, you have to pick who you want to fight. And now you’ve got Turkey, who like ISIS more than they like others, no one really knows because we don’t have people that know what they’re doing. So in my opinion, you go along, and Russia does not like ISIS, and people are starting to find out. I mean in all fairness lost an airplane, got blew out of the air. So Russia is not a fan of ISIS. Russia is bombing the hell out of them, starting to bomb them.
I say ISIS is our number one threat. We can’t be fighting everybody at the same time. ISIS is our number one threat…
I would bomb the hell out of them — I like to do one thing at a time. I would knock the hell out of ISIS. I would hit them. I would hit them, Brian, so hard like they’ve never been hit before…
They’re using them as shields. It’s a horrible thing. They’re using them as shields. But we’re fighting a very politically correct war. And the other thing is with the terrorists. You have to take out their families. When you get these terrorists, you have to take out their families. They care about their lives. Don’t kid yourself. But they say they don’t care about their lives. You have to take out their families.
I know, everyone hates it when I take issue with Donald Trump, but someone has to do it! This perspective on the war on terror is morally bankrupt and would make us as bad as the terrorists we are fighting. This is using terrorism to fight terror. Trump’s argument here is the SAME argument the terrorists use to justify their own actions. While Trump may be right about this being a more effective way to fight the war on terror, that doesn’t mean that it is the morally proper way to fight.
The ends DOES NOT always justify the means. The way we fight is as important as why we fight. ISIS and other Muslim terrorists are evil, and we must fight back against their evil… but we must not resort to evil in our efforts to fight them.