At the last Republican debate of 2015, candidate Rand Paul said to America, regarding statements by Florina and Christie, “I think if you are in favor of World War III, you have your candidate.”
However, every Republican candidate for President, except Ron Paul, seems to yearn to be a wartime president. If America elects a Republican to occupy the oval office and a plurality to Congress, with very little doubt there will be war ad infinitum, perhaps World War III.
Conservative moderator Hugh Hewitt said, in prefacing a question to Dr, Ben Caron, “We're talking about ruthless things tonight. Carpet bombing, toughness, war.” Hewitt asked Carson if he was ruthless enough to wage war. "You are OK with the deaths of thousands of innocent children and civilians?"
Carson’s answer essentially was yes he was OK with that. He believes war is more merciful than piecemeal approaches of “death by a thousand pricks.”
But a physician’s guiding principle is to do no harm, to prevent disease and understand that prevention is preferable to cure. It means that whatever the intervention or procedure, the patient’s well-being is the primary concern. There is no consideration of anyone’s wellbeing in war. There is no primary concern for anything other than to defeat the enemy by killing and inflicting as much destruction and misery possible. He must believe that the Hippocratic Oath he once took as a physician wouldn’t apply if he was President.
Killing people is not the solution to solving problems. No one should think, especially a potential President of the United States “. . . that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified,” nor “death by a thousand pricks,” is better than an attempt to negotiate a peaceful resolution or to finding another way.
Copyright © Horatio Green 2015