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There Are No Necessary Evils

According to former President Jimmy Carter, on accepting the so-called Nobel Peace Prize: “War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good.”


First of all, there are no necessary evils. If something is truly evil, there’s no way it can be necessary. And if it is truly necessary to the well-being of a rational man’s life — then it’s not evil, but good. Secondly, there is such a thing as a good war. A war against Adolph Hitler was good. A war to decimate the likes of Osama bin Laden and others of his ilk is equally necessary and good.


Given the premise that evil exists, and that certain people will act in an evil and violent manner, a rational and just war is synonymous with self-defense. Self-defense is good. Only someone like Jimmy Carter — whose policies nearly lost the Cold War against the Soviet Union and contributed to the establishment of the number one sponsor of terror in the world today (Iran) — could utter such a statement. To honor him with this prize shows that the true motives of the award are neither noble nor peaceful.

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