The Deaths We Ignore

Andrew Sullivan —  Dec 1 2011 @ 10:17am

Greenwald mourns the innocent civilians killed during war:

It's acceptable to make arguments that American wars should end because they're costing too much money or American lives or otherwise harming American strategic interests, but piles of corpses of innocent children are something only the shrill, shallow and unSerious — pacifists! — point to as though they have any meaning in terms of what should be done.

Fridersdorf ponders this:

It seems fair to presume that every war will result in inadvertent civilian casualties. So unless you're a pacifist who rejects all wars, I'm curious: When politicians are arguing that we should launch a war, or continue to wage one, what weight do you assign to the innocent lives that will end?