War Debts and Democracy.
I wanted to reflect for a moment on the charge against Bush concerning national debt as it pertains to the expense of war. It can be said that any question pertaining to the expense of war presupposes the question of the justice of the war in question.
And yet, I have observed in several places that the promise of future generations being tied to debt accrued today is placed in a more prominant position than the charge of an unjust war, or that the war is held to be unjust for the reason of the debt that will result from it. I am tempted to say that this is a reflection of the democratic man's attitude about debts, and the democratic man's taste for freedom which serves as a temptation to abandon or subordinate larger questions of justice. To this I'd say that a perpetual state of revolution is hardly desirable. At any rate, I think an important question is what makes it necessary for a people to accept and fulfill the obligations and debts of their predecessors? The same question formed part of the thinking on Iraq which was freed from an obvious tyrant who had incurred debts and obligations to foreign countries. The example of Iraq introduces a problem which is hardly noticeable in the example of the current war expense and debt, hardly noticable that is IF one has noticed that "our increasing war debt" has been linked in speech to "our security". What kind of man wishes to free himself from the expense of his own good? The problem inherent in the Iraq example is to what extent does necessity dictate obligations to a tyranny; or an obligation for the misdeeds and debts of a tyranny; or better yet an obligation to something understood as inferior? I suspect that for statesman the question is of vital importance as it relates to the formation of men who will be good (or useful) for their country, and not just preoccupied with what they think will be good (or useful) for themselves. The practical problems are quite real in other words existing somewhere between the weightlessness of freedom, and the burden of being tied to the misdeeds of a bad regime. Anyway, I offer this as food for thought... though I can't claim that these reflections are the result of "rigorous science."