Counting Cats said this. Or rather, they said that J R R Tolkien said it:-
“I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend.”
in “The Two Towers”.
The only thing I would entreat libertarians to ultimately consider, is the need at some point, and really rather soon in historiographic terms, for liberal-inclined nations to arm themselves to the teeth (as I have often trumpeted) “without restriction”.
We learn today that we needed to “call on the Americans” in order to track a Russian Sumbarine in the North Eastern Atlantic. This is a not small place in which not one single copepod or shrimp-larva ought to be able to stir its arse, – let alone the Sumbarines of a country that our EnemyClass seems to be determined to piss off and irritate – without our War Secretariat knowing about it.
Leaving aside Sean Gabb’s and my collective dislike of the American-Federal-PoliticalEnemyClass and what they stand for – as opposed to the American People which is a different matter as I always am at pains to actively point out – what the hell are we playing at? (That’s to paraphrase D J Webb earlier.)