Should America be involved in conflicts that do not serve national interest?
Have we really thought through the question, Should America be involved in all wars? What will it do for us and our world? In the last decade we have been involved in conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Some people ask; “Why?” “The reasons are clear,” but why do we want to be involved?
Well, it’s time to really think about this question. Do we really want to be involved? How much do we really value our civilization, and how much do we value human life? We have lived too much in the United States as a nation to allow ourselves to be attacked by radical Islamic fundamentalism, which is supposedly representing the values of Islam. But, does that really represent America? The attacks on our consulate in Libya and on the consulate in Egypt that were claimed by Al Qaeda affiliates are not representative of American values any more than the attack on our consulate in Tunisia that was carried out by Islamic radicals.
We are engaged in a struggle with radical Islamic elements in many parts of the world today. And our interests are also involved. Those who question the necessity of America’s being part of these struggles need to ask themselves why. How can America be part of an action that does not serve our national interest. Those who question America’s ability to be part of these conflicts need to ask themselves just how necessary they are.
If we were to stand aside and not take action then that would be a sign of weakness. That would be a signal to those who would use those actions as an instrument of violence against our nation and our civilization. In fact we have seen this happen before. When the leadership of the nation in power says; “You are either with us or against us.” That means; you either get our cooperation or we will prevail.
In World War II, Japan tried to attack the U.S. base on the island of Pearl Harbor in what was considered to be an act of war. The American government and military strongly rejected that action. It was therefore necessary for the Japanese to withdraw from the islands. Even after the U.S. did so, the Japanese government continued to occupy and threaten to occupy other islands in the Pacific area including the Philippines and Hawaii.
Should America be involved in conflicts that do not serve our national interest? Well, there is a very simple answer to that question and it is; “No!” Because the United States of America is the greatest single nation ever created in the history of mankind and we owe it to those who gave their lives for our freedom and the security that we enjoy. That’s what our Constitution is there for us to be proud of. If we fail to protect our citizens from internal threats like those from al Qaeda and the Taliban then it is neither right nor acceptable to attack others who follow international terrorism.
We owe it to the innocent victims of such horrendous acts of violence, whether they be civilians or soldiers. Our response to such horrendous acts of violence should always be based on the fact that the victims were innocent, they lost their lives trying to protect and defend us and we owe it to them to ensure they never lose another life. It is also vital that we stand firm with our allies to prevent further attacks on our ally while also ensuring that we do all we can to assist in the security of nations and the security of the people living within that nation. It is imperative that we have a strong commitment to working closely with our Asian partners in defense, intelligence, and diplomacy. Only by working closely with our Asian partners can we maintain a strong and reliable peace in Asia.
Should America be involved in conflicts that don’t serve our national interest? The answer to that question is undoubtedly now and we need to look at the facts before we make rash decisions regarding our alliances. There is no reason for the United States to be involved in another war in the Middle East other than to ensure our safety and security. And there is no sense in American spending additional resources in a nation that is not paying its bills.