Moral Relativism Is Not What Conservatives Think It Is
The always interesting Rad Geek has a great metaethical post on why, far from being a case of moral relativism, identifying mass murder of U.S. citizens with mass murder of Japanese citizens as morally equivalent is actually a rejection of moral relativism, an identification "that moral principles be applied universally, rather than applied ad hoc depending on your relationship to the agent being judged."
Someone should really revoke my consequentialist card for agreeing with Rad Geek's post. I've always felt uncomfortable defending Truman's nuking of Hiroshima and Nagasaki while at the same time claiming that there is something distinctively evil about the tactics of those like Bin Laden. I guess I'll have to either reject consequentialism or reject the view that there is something distinctively evil about terrorism. I think I'll have an easier time rejecting the latter.