quinta-feira, janeiro 03, 2013

Libertarians and Wars

I Question Your Patriotism por Lawrence Vance:
  • Never mind that the "evil dictatorship" of Assad was once supported by the United States.
  • Never mind that the CIA "renditioned" people to Syria to be tortured.
  • Never mind that the United States just concluded a disastrous war in Iraq and is still conducting another disastrous one in Afghanistan.
  • Never mind that some Syrian rebel groups have ties to al Qaeda.
  • Never mind that some Syrian rebels are foreign jihad mercenaries.
  • Never mind that some Syrian rebels have openly murdered Syrian Christians for not supporting the overthrow of the secular Syrian government.
  • Never mind that some Syrian rebels have committed acts of terrorism that have killed children.
  • Never mind that some Syrian rebel groups have tested their own chemical weapons.
  • Never mind that the United States and NATO developed their own chemical weapons years ago.
  • Never mind that George Washington – 230 years ago – warned against making "entangling alliances" such as NATO.
What happens in Syria is the concern of Syrians and perhaps Syria’s immediate neighbors. Nothing that happens in Syria should be the concern of the United States. Americans individually or collectively may despise the Assad regime, they may pray for the rebels, they may long for Assad’s overthrow, they may sell weapons to the rebels, they may donate money to the rebels, they may go help the rebels fight against the Syrian government, they may undertake humanitarian relief efforts, they may marry Syrian widows, they may adopt Syrian orphans, they may employ Syrian refuges – they may even take the side of Assad against the rebels. But the U.S. government should do absolutely nothing.

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