Saturday, July 16, 2016

Bombs Away?

There seems to be a crescendo of terror in the West, and every attack is met with angry choruses to “bomb away” our troubles. Why do people persist in believing that bombs are the cure for what ails us?

More killing isn’t the answer. 

In fact, terrorists are enraged and emboldened by our militarism.

Bombs fall. Terrorists rise. It’s the same old refrain.

That is, the more we intervene “over there” the more we experience terrorism “right here.” Indeed, one of the reasons we’re resented and hated is we are meddlesome.

Make no mistake, the Obama administration meddles in Middle Eastern (and North African) affairs as much as any other presidency...Libya, Egypt, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, etc.

Aren’t we always up to something? 

Many years ago I heard a professor say: When it comes to the Middle East we never leave the dance. We just keep changing partners.

Talk about poor taste in partners!

We actively take down secular leaders only to see them replaced with fundamentalists. (Study the plight of Christianity in Iraq since we vanquished Hussain. It ain't pretty.)

One thing is clear: we can’t end Middle Eastern unrest but we can certainly exacerbate it.

Consider.

How much of the immigration crisis in Europe and Britain is connected to our interventionism? You see, dear reader, we don't end their wars; we prolong them. (I’m thinking the war in Syria would have been short-lived were it not for our assisting ISIS—ahem—rebels fighting Assad.)

In other words, while pressuring foreign governments to bend to our will, we stress local populations beyond breaking points and voila…we have an immigration problem.

For a very long time we've done a lot in the Middle East. What if we did less? What if we allowed the folks who actually live there to work things out as best they can?

Could we at least think about it?

Decades ago, Francis Schaeffer wisely observed that the US cannot impose a system of governance upon a people who do not have the philosophical foundations to produce or sustain it. (This, I think, was the primary blunder of the Bush administration.)

Maybe we should listen to something other than the hypnotic beat of our own war drums.


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