Stewart’s call for war Hitler-esque

When I read Brian Stewart’s column “No pity for me” in the IDS on Tuesday, March 27, it read like hate speech to me. I reacted to Brian’s call for perpetual war against “those who can only be called barbarians” and his denigration of his professor and classroom experiences by calling the IDS and stating to Assistant opinion editor Ayesha Awan that Brian’s rhetoric sounded like a speech Hitler had made. Ms. Awan explained to me that since Brian did not call for “total annihilation” his call to perpetual war was not akin to a speech by Hitler.\nHitler, of course, is quoted as saying, “Those who want to live, let them fight, and those who do not want to fight in this world of eternal struggle do not deserve to live.”\nWar is the ultimate political act. War has been used by the United States throughout our history. To enjoy the benefits of our status as superpower nation and decry war in all its forms is hypocritical. However, the point of “war” is to win your objective. (For example, we won the war against the regime of Saddam Hussein).\nEmpires fall when mired in an occupation that saps their power (money, prestige, army and so forth). \nIn the IU business school, I was taught to study the classic “The Art of War” by Sun Tzu. Also relevant is the Chinese proverb that states: “When the finger points at the moon, the idiot looks at the finger.”

Dave Stewart\nIU employee

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