Monday, August 16, 2010

US Foreign Policy part 11: Conclusion

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When you consider that people are killing themselves to get us off of their land. That a war with a tactic can never end. That our CIA undermines foreign governments, raises & supports hostile factions such as Saddam's, Bin Laden's and the Taliban. That we torture people who have been given no due process or trial, the same things we abhor other countries doing to our citizens (Vietnam anyone?). That we allow our President to go to war with anyone without a proper declaration from Congress. That we preemptively attack nations who have not attacked us while claiming moral high ground. That we destroy nations and the lives of non-combatants and hundreds of thousands of children through sanctions. Is it really so hard to understand the blowback?

When you consider how tyrannical our foreign policy is, how destructive, manipulative and vast it is, can you not see how our finances cannot sustain it?

Our military is a *national defense*. Not the policemen of the world who need to enforce our ways onto others. I believe our American soldiers should be used to protect American lives, to do otherwise is flat out wrong, no matter how good the cause.

I agree with Saint Augustine, who among with others created the philosophy of a true Just War, a war in which you are justified in waging, in which there are 4 criteria:
1) The damage inflicted by the aggressor on the nation or community of nations must be lasting, grave, and certain;
2) All other means of putting an end to it must have been shown to be impractical or ineffective;
3) There must be serious prospects of success;
4) The use of arms must not produce evils and disorders graver than the evil to be eliminated.

Iraq and Afghanistan fail in all of those categories. War should no longer be waged, we should bring our troops home, not only from those countries but from all places abroad. End the imperialism. Stop fabricating dangers abroad and giving people reasons to attack us.

For reference, here are all 10 parts of my US Foreign Policy write-up:
part 1: Blowback
part 2: Sanctions
part 3: Just-War
part 4: Preventive War
part 5: Declaration of War
part 6: Torture
part 7: Finances
part 8: CIA
part 9: War on Terror
part 10: War on Terror part 2, Suicide Terrorists
part 11: Conclusion

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