Last week, Jeb Bush told an audience in California, “It is strength, and will, and clarity of purpose that make all the difference.” This is the Tinker Bell school of foreign policy that has spread over most of the Republican presidential field. Clap if you believe in a stable Middle East where Syria is rid of ISIS, Al Nusra, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and any Iranian influence. Clap if you believe Iraq will be safe for religious minorities and free of undue Iranian influence, too…..
As an electoral strategy, it is absolutely nuts that Republicans would preemptively tell the American people, “Elect me and I’ll put American troops back on the ground in Iraq.” And then add, “And Syria, too, and with allies TBD, and final victors TBD.” This seems like a 2016 death wish. Not just for Republican electoral ambitions, but for American troops, American prestige, and American power.
I want to do a “what if” here.
- What if America’s energy was totally devoid of fossil fuels?
- What if we have grown into other means instead of the 100+ year old technology?
- Would that make a difference in our opinions of the Middle Eastern part of the world?
- Would we be so concerned that one muslim group was trying to take control over another muslim group?
I pretty sure the answer to these questions would be that these conflicts would not even be on our radar screen. One religious sect trying to dominate another is nothing new in the world. It has been happening constantly since the age of Constantine when a Roman King assured the dominance of one particular brand of Christianity over the myriad of others that were present at the time. It has been going on since Muslims and Christians were fighting each other for two hundred years. It has been going on since the Inquisition, the Protestant/Catholic battles in Northern Ireland.
Let’s face it we as humanity just have little patience for versions of God different from our own. The Middle East is just the latest battles to be fought in a long history of battles. I am convinced that if we had not become involved by invading Iraq and getting ourselves so entwined in this matter that terrorism would not be so prevalent in our world today.
Maybe instead of putting trillions of bucks into our world’s latest religious battles we should be putting them into developing twenty-first century energy resources. I’m sure with all the money and young lives we have wasted in this futile attempt we could dust off our sandals and leave that part of the world to their own demise..
We don’t need to be the policemen of the world…