Strangers on a train

Washington Times columnist Diana West found herself sitting across the aisle from Senator Arlen Specter on a train from Washington to Philadelphia last week. The two exchanged views on Iraq and Iran, as Diana recounts here.
Give Specter credit, he engaged Diana’s arguments. Moreover, his concern over the civilian casualties in Iraq and Iran that might flow from the actions Diana recommends is humane. And his doubts about our willingness to “take” these casualties (by which I think he meant “inflict” them) are well-founded.
But so is this comment by Diana:

The men who decimated German and Japanese cities as part of the effort to win World War II as quickly as possible would have been perplexed by descendants who now send American troops house to booby-trapped house and expect to achieve anything but more war, “limited” though it may be.

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