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April 18, 2013

Best course for US: Stay out of Middle East affairs

Michael Scheuer wrote in his book “Imperial Hubris” some thoughts he had for an American debate. One question he proposed was, “Do we need for our security to install democracy in lands that give no hint of wanting it?”

Today we hear from Washington talk of getting involved in Syria, which is having a civil war. There is talk about Iran’s nuclear program and that we will stop it with “all the cards on the table.” Does that signal that we may intervene in Syria and Iran with our military?

In hindsight intervening in Iraq to rid the nation of its dictator may have been the wrong solution. Ten years later and Iraqis are not much better off. They lost thousands of lives while we sacrificed our treasure and blood for what cause?

Iraq is now an unstable nation searching for some kind of government in this modern world while using centuries-old solutions to its problems. They simply cannot seem to find any solution, as all the different factions of their civilization continue to war against one another.

Afghanistan is another failure. As soon as we leave, that nation will turn to its warlords the Taliban and maybe a growing al-Qaida. The poppy fields will bloom again and we might even see a resurgence of the Northern Alliance.

Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and now Syria — are these nations a real threat to the security of our country?

After World War II we helped rebuild Europe, Japan and other nations that felt the destruction of the war. These nations wanted some form of freedom and democracy. Japan and South Korea have become stable powers in the Far East. Europe has grown to form a group of strong nations with freedom and liberty for all its citizens.

These nations succeeded because they wanted a democracy not entirely like ours but free with liberty. The Middle East nations show no signs of wanting liberty, freedom and justice for their people; they seem to be mired in age-old warlords and factions constantly warring with one another while somehow enjoying the benefits of the new 21st century because of their oil.

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