Ron Paul, Chris Kyle, and Christ

By:  Jack Kerwick, Ph.D.
02/06/2013
       
Ron Paul, Chris Kyle, and Christ

A look at the points that Ron Paul raises in his controversial tweet regarding the murder of Chris Kyle.

Ron Paul is under fire for a tweet sent from his twitter account regarding the untimely death of Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, who was allegedly murdered by another veteran whom he was supposedly trying to help deal with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Paul’s tweet read: “Chris Kyle’s death seems to confirm that ‘he who lives by the sword dies by the sword.’ Treating PTSD at a firing range doesn’t make sense.”

Paul is a veteran himself. After he became the subject of criticism, he extended his condolences to Kyle’s family and assured his critics that it is not Kyle himself to whom he referred, but “the unconstitutional and unnecessary wars” in which the late SEAL participated.

“Unconstitutional and unnecessary wars have endless unintended consequences,” Paul said. “A policy of non-violence, as Christ preached, would have prevented this and similar tragedies.”

Some comments are in order here.

First, anyone who knows anything at all about Paul knows that his most recent remarks are not an attempt at backpedaling on his part; Paul is nothing if not a stalwart opponent of what he routinely calls “the Warfare State.” As far as he is concerned, there really is no end to the evil that America’s incessant warring abroad promises to visit upon all affected by it — including and particularly those who engage in it.

Still, Chris Kyle chose to become a member of the United States military. He chose to become a Navy SEAL. And he chose to distinguish himself as the biggest killer in the annals of American military history.

These are not criticisms. They are facts. They are facts that neither a believer in individual liberty, like Paul, nor Kyle, the proud author of American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History — would think to deny. Paul comes dangerously close to playing the “Society made him do it” card when he shifts the focus of his tweet from Kyle to the government.

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