"Can we begin to acknowledge that violence is embedded in the very concept of liberty that lies at the heart of liberal social orders like the United States of America?"
I am not sure in what way violence is "embedded in the very concept" of liberty. That seems a strange conception of liberty to me.
"Can we begin to acknowledge that there is no moral difference between the horror inflicted by state armies and the horror inflicted by insurgents? Shot-off limbs, dead babies, destroyed livelihoods — these are the on-the-ground realities whether the munitions come from teenage suicide bombers or the U.S. military."
This statement seems to presuppose a moral philosophy of consequentialism, or utilitarianism, which ultimately means the ends justify the means. Perhaps the author means to merely suggest that a tragedy is always tragic, that horror is always horrible, but to claim "moral" equivalence in such terms is to fail to make the distinction between such basic acts as murder and self-defense, for example. This seems quite an extreme view.
I am not ready to "acknowledge that there is no moral difference" between such acts. Not in terms of general principles, at least.
Of course, I can agree that states, militaries, politicians, historians, etc, can engage in jingoistic platitudes and rhetoric to support horrible acts in the name of honorable virtues, but let's be careful not to do the same injustice with our own rhetoric by decrying that liberty is no more worthy a virtue than terrorism, or by ignoring that the "corporate-controlled media outlets" have called for careful reflection as well as celebration in the case of bin Laden.
I think I agree with much of what the author's sentiment is here regarding the disturbing nature of this particular incident, but I think we should be careful with the words and concepts we throw around here. This is not time to be cavalier with the ideas of liberty and morality. I believe these principles deserve better treatment than they have received in the above commentary.
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