By ROBERT L CAPEHERT
IF one looks around the Middle East – Syria and Egypt, for starters – one will quickly countenance major upheavals in the future of that part of the world.
As of this writing, it appears (appears, mind you) the Syrian government, led by Basher el-Assad, has unloaded a batch of chemical weapons on the populace, killing anywhere from 500 to 1,300 people, children included.
Who knows what will happen in Egypt – but it is foreboding all the same – meaning, bad things are happening right now there.
According to good Dr Thomas Sowell, who I more than admire, all of this is due to a lack of realist foreign policy. And Dr Sowell was equally clear this lack of realism in geopolitics comes from the political right – where, frankly, it should not arise – almost as much as the political left.
On our domestic landscape, things appear even worse. Greeting our reality in this present moment is an uptick in unemployment as well. While 7.7 or so in July, it has increased to 8.9. Perhaps it is important to consider, also, such turn of events do not happen in a vacuum, but arise out of fiscal insanity gone amok, erasing any submission to reality in economic matters.
But the same must be said of U.S. foreign policy, too. Where, it should be admitted, “going abroad seeking monsters to destroy” – of social engineering on a grand scale, has left the world far less safer, and continued to impoverish American interests.
But what should trouble the classical liberal mind (when it comes to foreign policy matters) Republican nominee Mitt Romney did not so much as challenge the Obama administration’s conception of foreign policy – only it’s guts. And it’s resolve, sure. Romney wanted more involvement in Syria – and probably more muscle in Egypt too.
But the weapons of war – carnal in nature for sure – are not of sanctification – nor renewal of human conditions. War eradicates people and their institutions, good, bad, and ugly, but it does not transform tyrannical predispositions into democratic liberal sensibilities. War, like surgical procedures, have corresponding and appropriate usage.
And like the pointless notion of operating on a corpse, waging war to change people is useless.
And until the United States of America learns this basic truth about war (and peace), I am myself afraid we will continue to overstep our founding precepts and roll from one pointless conflict into another. And it becomes entirely frustrating that those who call themselves conservatives are not raising more of a ruckus over such imprudence.
We have two great messes enveloping the American (former) republic. Well, three. A post-constitutional form of government, which atrophies the ability for liberal reform of the state, into a republican form of government; economic impoverishment at home, and a foreign policy which foments war torn factions abroad, rather than protecting American vital interests at home.
And what a bleeping mess all of that is – and continues to be.