Monday, December 28, 2009

More Talk of Preemptive War

No doubt we live in a dangerous time. Weapons of mass destruction are owned and produced by major powers with the constant threat of theses same weapons falling into the hands of rouge groups or even individuals. While terrorism is nothing new, since the attacks of September 11, 2001 and the actions following that attack, we have seen much blood spilled and many lives taken in the so-called "War on Terror."

What has happened over the past decade, however, is not the only danger we have faced and continue to face. Rather, our very own foreign policy has become a massive danger to our republic and our very existence. We have turned away from the sound principles of a strong national defense to an offensive approach of undeclared, preemptive war.--something to be lamented.

We have turned the principles of liberty envisioned by our Founders completely on its head. We are no safer for the trouble, and thousands of our brave men and women--as well as numerous innocents--have lost their lives.

We have set a dangerous precedent--that of preemptive war. Therefore, I shutter at the future if we continue this reckless and immoral foreign policy into the years to come.

As I read the following Politico story, it seems that at least for now the policy of reckless preemptive war shows no sign of stopping.

Politico reports:

Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) were on Fox News Sunday describing Yemen as an emerging hotbed of terrorist threats — and calling for pre-emptive action against the failing Islamic state on the Saudi peninsula if necessary.

Lieberman: "Somebody in our government said to me in Sana’a, the capital of Yemen, Iraq was yesterday’s war. ... Afghanistan is today’s war. If we don’t act pre-emptively, Yemen will be tomorrow’s war. That’s the danger we face."

Specter said an attack against targets in Yemen should be "something we should consider."

How can we even consider this? What real threat can that nation truly pose to us? When will these wars stop? How many must die until their thirst for blood be satisfied?

These questions demand answers. I am truly troubled by talk like this coming from our elected officials.

Now, I am no peace-nick hippy. Moreover, I believe that war can be and is at times justified, but I cannot understand the current foreign policy pursued by our leadership.

Hopefully, we will change our attitudes before it is too late. Otherwise, I fear we will never have any peace and our nation will crumble by the weight of its own commitment as world policeman.

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