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December 27, 2009

Knights’ central question regarding conflict is What evil needs to be defeated, eradicated, or pushed away so the world can self-correct? Knights assume that the removal of evil is all that is necessary to fix the world.

For example, the Bush Administration and U.S. military did not plan for reconstruction after major combat operations in the early days of the Iraq War in part because it assumed that the removal of Saddam Hussein and the Ba’ath Party would be sufficient for democracy to bloom in Iraq.

Similarly, many liberal and conservative Knights seem to believe that removal of the other will be enough to restore the culture, government and moral standing of the United States.

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