I am not nor have I ever been a pacifist. Pacifism is dangerous and allows those less noble to win via compromise or collaberation,
My problem with liberals as a moderate is a consistent refusal to adress evil head on. Marxism and Jihadism are Nihlistic insults to humanity. Falwell and Bin Laden are not equivalents . Bush and Saddam are not equivalents. The problem is moral relivism on the part of some liberals.
The problem with Marx and Jihadism is they seek to reshape the world. The problem is that you and I are expendible parts in their quest. The problem we face is Nihilism via Jihad or Marx.
I could not shoot school kids in the back . I could not behead a peson in a demented religious fervor. I could not smack jetliners into office towers and incinerate life for nothing. The problem is nihlism and the devaluation of human life. When life has little or no value all of humanity suffers.
We can sit and pretend like ostriches that the terror threat doesn't exist. My problem is I have been through this twice and it is real to me.
To the good liberals I implore you kindly step away from the commies. Are we going to rehabilitate Nazism next and say true Nazism hasn't been attempted yet. Maybe these yokels will rehabilitate slavery. 100,000,000 dead is enough proof Marxism is evil. 1300 years of colonialism , slaverey, ethnocide and genocide are the legacy of jihadism. Using a moraly neutral compass is bad logic and will get us killed.