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Why War continued?

September 30, 2012

Just short of three years ago, I wrote a post about why we should go to war.  In a nut shell, the only time we should go to war is when our interests are threatened to such an extent that violently forcing our will on a people or country becomes absolutely necessary.  The only way to wage that war is in such a way as to quickly, efficiently, and decisively inflict our will on the enemy.  There is no such thing as “collateral damage”.  Either you are fighting to aid our cause or you are the enemy.  The only end game is unconditional surrender.  Period.

I challenged readers to study history:  WWII, Korea, Viet Nam, and Israel before and after the Camp David Peace Accord.  I find the parallels between the aftermath of Chamberland’s and Jimmy Carter’s “foreign policy” and the current administration’s striking.  Each one acted from reason and conciliation as the best solution.  The result?  The bad guys decided we were too weak to stop them.  Violence erupted.  Many lives were unnecessarily lost because the free world’s leaders believed that reason was the soluti0n.

Ever try to reason with a two year old?  It works just about as well with foreign policy.  Dictators and fanatics only understand that you can and will hit them with everything y0u have.  Only then will they cease from the violence.  If they perceive that you have neither the will or the balls to strike, they will walk all over you.  Read the writings from Hanoi sometime.  Their tactics were almost completely based on dragging the war out until the French and then the Americans couldn’t take the losses any more.  Sound familiar?  It should.  It was invented in America.  How do you think we won the Revolutionary War?

The United States used to be the world power that held nations accountable.  No longer.  World violence is on the increase as a result.  Make no mistake.  We will pay a much higher toll in our children, our wealth, and our freedoms because we allow those who do not seek peace to operate with impunity.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 30, 2012 12:15 pm

    Your moral argument is quite sound, however you’ve failed to account for another reason we don’t go to war even when we ought to for the reasons you stated. Sometimes we can’t afford it. We didn’t have the money to go after Hitler until the Depression was fully abated, and because of debt incurred by Iraq and Afghanistan being waged “off the books”, we can’t afford other solo military adventures now.

    • October 1, 2012 8:27 am

      In the original post, I argued for efficiency. Sometimes, war can/should be waged on a small scale. Remember Gadaffi was silenced for years with an air strike.

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