In light of recent events in Syria, a teaching moment for all.
Those who are for peace and who are against major defense spending by our government, should think about this deeply.
The world is a dangerous place...
There are many bad actors and tyrants and despots and terrorist supporters...
What should we do when a rogue nation comits crime against humanity such as using banned chemical weapons against civilians?
Should we sit back and do nothing?
If we must intervene, where is the weapons to come from?
We just lauched 59 missiles to destroy a Syrian airport...that staged the chemical attack.
Where do you think these missiles came from?
We the American people paid for that from our taxes.
They are used sparingly in defense of the defenseless in this case. We also used it to stop Hitler and Japan and other tyrants and aggresors...
It is easy to take the high road and claim you want peace for all and get rid of all weapons...
At the end of the day, who will defend freedom? If not us?
There is a time for peace and a time for war...
Those who are prepared are wise of all.
The only act of aggression by our government I support is to protect innocent lives. Which, if chemical weapons are used, an aggressive response falls into that category.
I would think a little deeper than that...
You can't think of no other times military action is called for?
By the way, our military does much more than just fight.
They also help with disaster relief around the world. They just helped Peru with their recent flood...
And the Tsunami a few years back...
Um, helping Peru with their flood and helping after the tsunami is to help protect innocent lives. Disaster relief is to help protect innocent lives.
What I do not support is invasions of other countries and the first images out are our troops protecting the oil industry.
Where do you think the gas in your car, and oil in your furnance comes from?
Oil is a global commodity and is needed for survival in some areas and commerce...
We are living in a global economy. One area of the world will affect all areas of the world.
When Saddam burned the oil fields at the end of the first gulf war, it hurts the whole world like it or not.
So, getting back to saving innocents...
When Palestinian terroists send rockets into Israel killing innocent civilians, what does the UN say?
When ISIS chops off the head of Christians, who is there to defend them?
When Mexican cartel kills innocent family members in a drug war, who is there to help?
It is easy to say... very hard to do in a chaotic world.
That is why we need a strong military...
Peace through strength is the motto of Ronald Reagan.
Our army lost the moral high ground some time after the end of WWII.
Peace through strength is easy to roll off of the tongue. But, peace at what cost? I believe our army does more to protect corporate interests than it does to protect innocent lives.
We don't need Middle Eastern oil for our economy to continue. And I don't believe in war to protect that commodity in the desert somewhere on the other side of the world.
As to the rest. We are not the world's police force. Tragedies happen. I often times wonder where the decent people are in those countries. Why don't they stand and fight? Why must we be looked toward? It only foments resentment toward us when we claim we are seeking to help.
You are correct. Where are those good people?
Why we are the policeman?
That comes with the territory of being the only super power.
As for the oil, unfortunately, the whole world runs on it. Until we have a cheap replacement, it is what we need. All those environmentalists and hollywood celebrities, let them go one week without it. I guarantee you they will not make it.
As a concept, peace and love and all the good stuff of the hippie generation sounds great.
Until reality sets in. The world is a dangerous place.
Do you want to be a victim or a victor?
By my understanding we have enough oil within the US to cover our needs.
As to the victim, victor question. We are American. We have standards to set and ideals to up hold. If being victor marginalizes who we are...are we the victor? You can call it hippie stuff but I do believe that the care of human life is the only good industry of government. It should never be in the business of the destruction of it.
I get attempting to police the world. We were drug into two world wars and we are attempting to have a presence in the world to help avoid a repeat. But we, the people of the United States, must stay ever vigilant. We cannot let our government do things in our name that we do not approve of.
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