Rod Dreher captures the quandary of many people who find themselves losing friends over the war. The crux of the problem I think lies in the lack of understanding or weight given to the fact of Saddam Hussein’s evil and the evil of his regime. When someone says our government is as bad as Saddam’s, I can’t respect that opinion just because it betrays a complete bankruptcy of both self-education as well as understanding of what evil is.
I haven’t lost any friends myself although I find that I am in disagreement with several over the necessity of this war. In general, my friends are torn between knowledge of the evil of Saddam and the statements coming out of the Vatican that reflect an opposition to the war, as I’ve discussed before.