This is the final section of a four-part essay series hosted here on the YAL blog which addresses the alliances between the US government and sponsors of international terrorism. Read Part 3 here.
Critical Mass and Critical Awakening
The liberty-minded position on foreign policy—free trade, no entangling alliances, justice for war crimes against the republic, and general peaceful interstate relations—must reach a critical mass of consent. Though support for America minding her own business internationally is on the rise, unfortunately noninterventionism still gets comparatively little attention within the marketplace of ideas.
As I discussed in previous sections of this series, neoconservatives continue to insist that boots must be put on the ground in order to prevent ISIL from having a safe haven from which they can launch attacks against NATO allies. Dick Cheney, Bill Kristol, and a host of other discredited pundits and former power brokers insist on making the same old arguments for endless war. I feel safe in stating that their proposals are not going to be taken seriously nor will they be implemented under any foreseeable scenario.
Another shockingly maudlin variant of this position goes something like this: “Will we allow the investment that our veterans, servicemen and women made on the battlefields, to be in vain? Will we also allow those who died for our freedoms to have died in vain? We must go back over there to make things right and also make sure terrorists don’t use it as a base to launch attacks against Americans.”
In my view, this position is a shameless, trite piece of emotional appeal. It is hard for words to express the vile nature of this sentiment.
After all the dead Americans who volunteered to unwittingly take part in a war built on lies? After all the dead Iraqis—Shi’a, Sunni, Christian, and more—visited with a battle of kill or be killed, under false pretense? Will we allow those who died under false pretext for a foreign war that was unjustifiable and criminal to…die in vain?
The sad, sad irony here is too sharp for words to express. The tragic results of this war built on lies cannot be remedied by sending more men, women, and children to early graves in pursuit of an unreachable goal.
Resolve to serve no more
Noninterventionism, the truly foreign policy of a free people, has long since made its debut in the marketplace of ideas. It is incumbent on we who are able to do what we can to foster a more sane and sensible foreign policy not built on isolationism, but on trade with all, peace, and goodwill to all nations. These positions must reach a critical mass of support if we wish to see peace.
As was put forth many centuries ago by French philosopher Etienne de la Boetie:
[The tyrant has] nothing more than the power that you confer upon him to destroy you. Where has he acquired enough eyes to spy upon you, if you do not provide them yourselves? How can he have so many arms to beat you with, if he does not borrow them from you? The feet that trample down your cities, where does he get them if they are not your own? How does he have any power over you except through you? How would he dare assail you if he had no cooperation from you?
Resolve to serve no more, and you are at once freed. I do not ask that you place hands upon the tyrant to topple him over, but simply that you support him no longer; then you will behold him, like a great Colossus whose pedestal has been pulled away, fall of his own weight and break in pieces.
How can such a sentiment be more plainly said? The warmongering state which is made healthy by the blood of the simple and innocent must not be supported.
Boetie not only offers us an insight into how to deal with those who exploit our population by making war for sport and spoil, he offers insights to reform a host of grievances beyond the scope of this essay. It is important to make note of the action required to withdraw consent.
Each of us must do all that we are able, right where we are—in our local counties, cities, neighborhoods, and states. We must make an effort to reach out to those who are in bondage and change the culture.
These positions must reach critical mass. They must throw off the destructive and mindless war-making which so weakens the globe and our own country. Write essays; hold fundraisers; educate classmates; build coalitions across partisan lines; start a YouTube channel; become a citizen journalist. Build the sentiment at home; in your dorm, at your college, in your city, and move outward.
These crimes are make for a call to action. The firewalls are down. If our government is willing to openly disregard the law in high places, how much more will it disregard the law where you are?
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