War, games

In the 1983 movie, War Games, the protagonists and the audience are instructed that the only way to win in war is not to play — not to engage in the war. The brilliant Stephen Falken says: “There’s no way to win. The game itself is pointless!” VDH, in his commentary on Hiroshima, says this:

The truth, as we are reminded so often in this present conflict, is that usually in war there are no good alternatives, and leaders must select between a very bad and even worse choice. Hiroshima was the most awful option imaginable, but the other scenarios would have probably turned out even worse.

The movie men are right: the best way is not to choose war. But Hanson is also right: once war is on, the path to swift victory is usually the right choice. We are still hanging fire until after the Iraqi constitution, but many on both the Left and Right are questioning whether the Bush administration has chosen the path to swift victory.

2 Responses to “War, games”

  1. DL Says:

    The correct morality is “You can never use evil to create a good” but also there comes the option (however undesired) of choosing “the lesser of two evils” Which is it? To retroactively determine the Hiroshima morality wasn’t an availablility. One might argue that the “was it moral?” judgement only counts when it was made-sort of like the original intent of the Constitution vs. living document.

  2. Thomas J. Jackson Says:

    People who argue the morality of war have the safety and priveledges of being protected by hard men who have fought to ensure their right to debate such things. Societies and nations which have not survived would be amused by such debates.

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