Commentary | The hotly contested election of 2012 is finally over and the American people have gifted Mr. Obama with four more years at the helm of our nation. Along with all the perks and power of the Presidency comes great responsibility and we can no longer afford to tolerate America’s constant entanglement in endless international conflicts. The time has come for all of us, no matter which political party we support, to demand an end to America’s useless foreign wars.
Our country, and our planet, has been torn apart by a never ending succession of regional hostilities that have taken lives of millions of our fellow human beings. Despite the horrors of two World Wars, the UN backed Korean Conflict, and the utter futility of Vietnam, American politicians have not been able to control their need to use our nation’s massive military might to bring Democracy to the world; often with little regard for the sovereign rights of the nation’s being bombed into oblivion by the United States and her allies.
We elected Mr. Obama in 2008 on his promise to put an end to the wasteful wars of Mr. Bush and Mr. Chaney, while maintaining strong support for Israel in the face of ceaseless Arab aggression and Antisemitism. Instead, we have bombed Libya, abandoned our allies in several Arab states, sent weapons to the Syrian rebels, ignored the persecution of 10 million Copts in Egypt, and helped the Muslim Brotherhood take control of much of the Arab world. In direct violation of his 2007 campaign pledge to Israel, Obama insisted the Jewish state return to suicidal borders and opened the door to Arab demands that Israel surrender half of her ancient capital of Jerusalem to the Palestinian Authority; an organization that has waged a 48 year year long terror war on the Jewish people.
After 9/11, Americans were told that we must invade Afghanistan to destroy al-Qaeda and remove the Taliban from power. Twelve years, and thousands of dead Americans later, Obama is now talking about including the Taliban in the future government of Afghanistan and al-Qaeda is still terrorizing much of the Middle East, Asia and Africa. All we managed to accomplish was to turn Afghanistan in one giant bomb crater and it is obvious the Afghan people would much rather live under Sharia Law than have Democracy shoved down their throats by a foreign government. They are quite content to welcome the Taliban back to power and continue to produce 90 percent of the world’s Heroin poppies.
Our involvement in Pakistan is equally disastrous. Despite the billions of dollars we pour into that nuclear armed nation every year, they have the worst record on the planet for human rights violations and religious persecution. When the US killed Bin Ladin, we so distrusted Pakistan as an ally that we refused to tell them in advance.
At the same time the Pakistani government torments and tortures their population, the Obama Administration has murdered countless innocent civilians with questionably legal drone attacks; euphemistically referred to as ‘collateral damage.’ There is absolutely no reason for the US to continue to pour our wealth into Pakistan, while we ‘accidentally’ annihilate helpless civilians, turn our back on Pakistan’s constant abuse of human rights and ignore their support for the Taliban. Financing warmongers is no better than being a warmonger.
Iran seems to have replaced the Soviet Union and become America’s new cold war enemy. Unless the United States is seriously prepared for an all out war with Iran that would require us to literally obliterate much of that country, there is no point in continuing to talk about possible red lines. Instead, sanctions must be increased and our President must tell Iran, in no uncertain terms, that any attack on Israel, will be considered an attack on the United States. We must also make it clear that sanctions will remain in place until Iran ends all support for international terrorism, since Iran provides financial support to most of the world’s terrorist organizations.
Israel is the most contentious issue our planet has faced since World War Two. While the Jewish people have a deep historical claim to their ancient homeland, the world sees things differently. As Viscount Monckton pointed out in his recent interview with The Inquisitr, most nations believe international law takes precedence over historical rights. This opinion has no relevance for the six million Jewish citizens of Israel who are not about to abandon their country and it fails to address the Jew hate of 56 Islamic nations who still refuse to recognize Israel. The utter hypocrisy of a world body that welcomes 56 countries as “Islamic states” with open arms, yet refuses to accept Israel as a Jewish state, is an insurmountable obstacle to ending the Arab-Israeli conflict.
While we should advocate peace, as long as a full third of the human race refuses to accept the existence of the nation of Israel, the United States must stand with the Jewish state. Israel has been a staunch ally of the United States for 63 years. She has never asked America to sacrifice American lives in her defense and she never will. Until every member of the OIC (Organization Of Islamic Cooperation) accepts Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people, the United Sates must accept that Israel will not participate in peace negotiations. Israel can not be asked to give up part of its already minuscule country to an implacable enemy, especially when that enemy refuses to even accept Israel’s right to define its own state. If Obama tries to impose a settlement on Israel without proper recognition, he will not bring peace, but he will invite a continuation of the Holocaust of World War Two.
The recent disaster in Libya is another ugly page in American history that hearkens back to the days of Ronald Reagan, Oliver North and the Iran-Contra affair. America has no business bombing Libya or arming rebels, especially those affiliated with al-Qaeda, Ansar al-Sharia, and other extremist groups. We should have learned our lesson when the CIA armed Osama Bin Ladin to assist in the fight against the Soviets in Afghanistan but Obama seems determined to draw America into more bloodshed. The Responsibility To Protect doctrine promoted by Special Assistant to the President, Samantha Powers, has no place in a civilized world, especially when it is only selectively used to protect the interests of the West in oil rich nations and we totally ignore the constant genocide being committed in Africa.
The lack of respect for national sovereignty exhibited by the United Nations should set off the alarm bells for every freedom loving American. To promote a doctrine that essentially allows a world body to decide when they can violate a nation’s sovereignty and use military force to replace that nation’s leaders, is a prescription for disaster. Who is to say the same doctrine will not be applied to an increasingly unpopular Israel, even though they are the only Democracy in the entire Middle East. What is to prevent the United Nations, which is controlled by religious theocracies and oppressive dictatorships, from using the Responsibility To Protect to replace the leader of a nation who rejects religious law and brings Democracy to his or her country. Americans should firmly oppose a radical international law based on a very dangerous concept. This vile interventionist doctrine is another attempt to install a global government to replace the nation state. Responsibility To Protect is the absolute antithesis of every principle on which our nation was founded.
The time has come to end America’s role as the policeman of the world. We have accomplished nothing but burying young Americans and wasting trillions of dollars in a misguided attempt to introduce our idea of freedom to nations that have no interest in embracing our way of life. We have accomplished even less with Obama’s policy of reaching out to nations who are dedicated foes of Western Civilization. Our leaders have failed to realize our adversaries view American appeasement and condescension as an insult or weakness. Every time we ignore the racist, violent behavior of nations like Pakistan or the virulent Jew hate of the Palestinians, and make unreasonable demands of a true ally like Israel, we only re-enforce their opinion that the United States is a spineless nation who will abandon true friends at the drop of a hat. Every time our leaders raise holy hell over the building of Jewish homes in Jerusalem, while we ignore the religious war currently being waged on Nigerian Christians by Boko Haram, we only invite more murders. Every time President Obama apologizes for a YouTube video in The United Nations, he only inspires the OIC to continue to promote their blasphemy laws designed to end all criticism of religion and replace the First Amendment with Third World Fascism.
The President and the elected officials of both parties, need to realize that when it comes to human lives, there is no longer any place for aggression or appeasement in American foreign policy. We need to stop giving money to nations who violate every standard of human decency. We need to stop sending our troops and planes into nations that pose no real threat to America’s homeland. We must support our friends and let the opponents of freedom and Democracy understand, in no uncertain terms, that the United States will no longer remain silent when people are being persecuted or murdered for their race, their religion or their gender. Too many people have died in recent years because our leaders are afraid to offend religious feelings or refuse to remain true to our Constitutional principals. Their silence is deafening and it is inexcusable.
I dedicate this article to all those who fell in useless wars. To their memory I commit the words of the great Scottish folk singer-songwriter Eric Bogle:
Fields Of Green
By Eric Bogle
Did they beat the drum slowly did they play the fife lowly,
did they sound the death march as they lowered you down
did the band play the last post and chorus,
did the pipes play the “Flowers of the Forest”
Well how do you do young Willie McBride?
do you mind if I sit down here by your graveside
and rest for a while ‘neath the warm summer sun
I’ve been walkin’ all day and I’m nearly done
I see by your gravestone you were only nineteen
when you joined the great fallen of 1916
Well I hope you died quick and I hope you died clean
Willie McBride was it slow and obscene
And the beautiful wife or the sweetheart for life
in some faithful heart are you forever enshrined
and although you died back in 1916
in that faithful heart are you forever nineteen?
or are you a stranger without even a name
enshrined forever behind a glass pane
in an ould photograph torn tattered and stained,
fading to yellow in a brown leather frame?
Now the sun shines down on the green fields of France
a warm summer wind makes the red poppys dance
The trences have vanished under the plows,
there’s no gas no barbed wire, there’s no guns firing now
but here in this graveyard it’s still No Man’s land,
the countless white crosses stand mute in the sand
for man’s blind indifference to his fellow man,
to a whole generation that was butchered and damned
Now Willie McBride I can’t help wonder why
Do those who lie here do they know why they died
Did they really beleive when they answered the call
did they really believe that this war would end wars
Forever this song of suffereing and shame
the killing the dying was all done in vain
for young Willie McBride it’s all happened again,
and again, and again, and again and again
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