were warned, and in the early years of our Republic, we heeded that
warning. Today, though, we are entangled in everyones affairs
throughout the world, and we are less safe as a result. The current
Middle-East crisis is one that we helped create, and it is typical of
how foreign intervention fails to serve our interests. Now we find ourselves
smack-dab in the middle of a fight that will not soon end. No matter
what the outcome, we lose.
to support both sides we, in the end, will alienate both sides. We
are forced, by domestic politics here at home, to support Israel at
all costs, with billions of dollars of aid, sophisticated weapons,
and a guarantee that America will do whatever is necessary for Israels
pressure compels us to support Israel, but it is oil that prompts
us to guarantee security for the western puppet governments of the
oil-rich Arab nations.
the Israeli-Arab fight will not soon be resolved, our policy of involving
ourselves in a conflict unrelated to our security guarantees that
we will suffer the consequences.
a choice! We must choose between the character of Arafat versus that
information the average American gets from the major media outlets,
with their obvious bias, only makes the problem worse. Who would ever
guess that the side that loses seven people to every one on the other
side is portrayed as the sole aggressor and condemned as terrorists?
We should remember that Palestinian deaths are seen by most Arabs
as being American-inspired, since our weapons are being used against
them, and theyre the ones whose land has been continuously taken
there are still some in this country who cant understand why
many in the Arab/Muslim world hate America.
any wonder that the grassroots people in Arab nations, even in Kuwait,
threaten their own governments that are totally dominated by American
power and money?
arguments against foreign intervention are many. The chaos in the
current Middle-East crisis should be evidence enough for all Americans
to reconsider our extensive role overseas and reaffirm the foreign
policy of our early leaders a policy that kept us out of the
affairs of others.
here we are in the middle of a war that has no end and serves only
to divide us here at home, while the unbalanced slaughter continues
with tanks and aircraft tearing up a country that does not even have
amazing that the clamor of support for Israel here at home comes from
men of deep religious conviction in the Christian faith, who are convinced
they are doing the Lords work. That, quite frankly, is difficult
for me as a Christian to comprehend. We need to remember the young
people who will be on the front lines when the big war starts
which is something so many in this body seem intent on provoking.
the biggest frustration in Washington, for those who eagerly resort
to war to resolve differences, is that the violence in the Middle
East has delayed plans for starting another war against Iraq.
policy prompts our government on one day to give the go-ahead to Sharon
to do what he needs to do to combat terrorism (a term that now has
little or no meaning); on the next day, however, our government tells
him to quit, for fear that we may overly aggravate our oil pals in
the Arab nations and jeopardize our oil supplies. This is an impossible
policy that will inevitably lead to chaos.
interventionism is bad for America. Special interests control our
policies, while true national security is ignored. Real defense needs,
the defense of our borders, are ignored, and the financial interests
of corporations, bankers, and the military-industrial complex gain
control and the American people lose.
costly, to say the least. Already our military budget has sapped domestic
spending and caused the deficit to explode. But the greatest danger
is that one day these contained conflicts will
get out of control. Certainly the stage is set for that to happen
in the Middle East and south central Asia. A world war is a possibility
that should not be ignored. Our policy of subsidizing both sides is
ludicrous. We support Arabs and Jews, Pakistanis and Indians, Chinese
and Russians. We have troops in 140 countries around the world just
looking for trouble. Our policies have led us to support Al Qaeda
in Kosovo and bomb their Serb adversaries. We have, in the past, allied
ourselves with bin Laden, as well as Saddam Hussein, only to find
out later the seriousness of our mistake. Will this foolishness ever
foreign policy has a lot to say for itself, especially when one looks
at the danger and inconsistency of our current policy in the Middle