July 25th, 2006
I can’t understand Bush’s (and the typical Republican position in general) opinion on life issues. He recently said that it is wrong to “destroy life to save life” and that every being is a valuable person in the context of the stem cell debate. He also said last year that 30,000 Iraqi civilians had been killed as a result of the Iraq war.
So, here’s a Handy Chart:
|Topic||Bush Theory||Bush Moral Judgement|
|Death penalty||Kill known murderers so others won’t kill more people||OK|
|Iraq war||Kill 30,000 Iraqi civilians during operation to overthrow Iraqi government||OK|
|Stem cell research||A small minority could become babies if implanted||Wrong|
|Abortion||Killing an unborn person||Wrong|
I can’t figure out any possible way that the first two should be OK for someone that believes that the last two are wrong.
In fact, to me, the items in this list that most clearly are wrong are the first two. There is no question about whether life has begun with them. Treating 30,000 people as regrettable results of an operation is not treating them with full human dignity. 30,000 people were killed. That’s more than 10 times the number of deaths from Sept. 11.