Comment: Self-defense is...

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Self-defense is...

...indeed a moral right, but I'm not yet convinced that this invasion was the only feasible response or that war was even the best approach available. Might not it have been less costly in blood and treasure to seek to avoid, but continue to put up with the spillover effects of the Napoleonic wars until they were over and the impressment, etc. faded away once peace was restored? DC would never have burned (how tragic to think of all that was lost in the Library, etc.; but even more so the lives that were lost or ruined by broader warfare.)

From what Tom Woods is saying, the Treaty of Ghent which ended the war in 1814, apparently had not a single word addressing the grievances which the US had claimed as the reasons to go to war. And then when peace in Europe did eventually come to pass, the harassment by the British came to an end as well, just as the opponents of the War of 1812 had predicted.