A Call for a Return to a Non-Interventionist Foreign Policy

The original American foreign policy of the USA in the first decades of its existence was one of non-interventionism. The idea was to trade with all nations and stay out of all squabbles between other countries. The policy was strict neutrality much like the Swiss have followed since 1815; always ready to defend against invasion but never ready to invade another people’s territory. The old idea of non-interventionism in foreign policy as been a dead letter issue in the USA for generations now. Advocates of America’s modern foreign policy of interventionism, as well as most common citizens, believe that World War II occurred because America returned to its policy of “isolationism” after World War I and that is said to prove that the USA needs to police the entire world.

The first thing to understand is that “isolationism” is not the same as non-interventionism and the term “isolationist” is used mainly as a slur to stifle debate on foreign policy. The USA has engaged in trade and otherwise interacted with other countries throughout its history. The USA has never been a “closed” society like the modern North Korea. Non-interventionism simply means that a country minds its own business and does not use force or coercion to make other countries do its bidding.

The second thing is that many today argue that our failure to adopt the Versailles Treaty and to join the League of Nations allowed Hitler to come to power. They then claim that the “appeasement” of Great Britain and France led Germany to launch WWII. If the USA had been true to the non-interventionist foreign policy of its founders and had refused to enter World War I then there would not have been the horrendous end to the war that the USA’s entry caused. There would have been a negotiated treaty in 1917 as all parties to the war were exhausted and tired of conflict. There would have been no harsh Versailles Treaty forced on Germany and that means there would have not have been the great discontent in Germany that provided the fertile ground for the German Nazi Party and its leader Adolf Hitler.

Additionally, If the war had ended in 1917 with a negotiated truce and then treaty, there would have been no successful Russian Revolution. The great evil that was totalitarian communism would have not appeared on the world scene. Think about that one for a while. There would have been no successful birth of Communism.

If the USA had followed its founder’s non-interventionist policies then there would have been no World War II. There are those would would argue otherwise, but Winston Churchill himself believed that the USA should have stayed out of WWI. It was reported by the New York Enquirer in August of 1936 the following that Churchill claimed the following:

America should have minded her own business and stayed out of the World War. If you hadn’t entered the war the Allies would have made peace with Germany in the Spring of 1917. Had we made peace then there would have been no collapse in Russia followed by Communism, no breakdown in Italy followed by Fascism, and Germany would not have signed the Versailles Treaty, which has enthroned Nazism in Germany. If America had stayed out of the war, all these ‘isms’ wouldn’t to-day be sweeping the continent of Europe and breaking down parliamentary government, and if England had made peace early in 1917, it would have saved over one million British, French, American, and other lives. ~ Winston Churchill

We can not go into the past and change the actions of the USA, but with millions upon millions of deaths caused by our failure to follow a non-interventionist policy we should at least learn from what happened. When we take action, even with the best of intentions, the law of unintended consequence comes into play. In the modern era the USG has kept its military forces in the middle east and now there is death and destruction all over the region. There is rebellion in the air and peace is nowhere to be found in the region. Coincidence? Of course not, it is the logical outcome of the invasion by the USA of so many countries in the region.

The USA must drop its ambitions to rule the world and it must stop intervening in places that it has no business in. I would like to see the breakup of the USA into smaller regions, but even if that is not in the cards we must work to stop the military/industrial/political complex from setting the world on fire with war.

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Netanyahu and Iran

This past week, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu declared his belief that ongoing nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 nations were futile and he again sounded the drums for war. He wants the US to destroy Iran like we have so many countries in the middle east. He has been warning of the eminent danger of Iran developing a bomb since at least 1996. Note this 1996 speech given by Netanyahu to a joint session of the US Congress which is notable for its hysterical warnings of the dire threat of allowing Iran to exist as a free nation. Israel is demanding that the US decimate the Iranian culture and people with our military.

Just today the news was WAR DRUMS: Obama ‘not bluffing’ over Iran military threat… The vice president signaled that Obama intends to murder a lot of innocent Persian women and children. Biden said that … “a military option remained on the table.” At the same time the news in France had: “Netanyahu: Closer to ‘red line’…” in spite of the fact that the warmongering Netanyahu has been trying to get Iran destroyed for years and years. It is easy to see why; with the Persians destroyed Netanyahu would lead the only major power left in the middle east. Monstrous how many have been killed to satisfy the Israelis.

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The last time the Persians of Iran engaged in anything that could remotely be considered aggressive war was in the early 17th century and that was when the concept of aggressive war was was not very well developed. Now some 70 years after the US government prosecuted Germans and Japanese for starting and engaging in an aggressive war in WWII we should all know better. Or at least that attacking other nations in an aggressive war of choice is immoral, plus being illegal under international law. In contrast to the Persians, the US and its puppet states have killed millions of innocent men, women, and children in the Middle East over the last few decades with no possible justification. The US and its minions have left tons of depleted uranium spent ammunition for destruction of the gene pool of the people. Uranium dust has covered the land due to the murderous American bloodlust. Many deformed babies will be the “humanitarian” legacy of the US and its puppet lackeys. This is just one act among many other “humanitarian” gestures. Note that without a single act of aggression by any of these middle east nations the US and the west have been destroying people, property, and culture there wholesale for decades. So which country is the more dangerous?

Iran has no nuclear weapons and there is no evidence that they are trying to make any such weapons while there is much evidence that they are not doing so. If Iran ever developed or purchased nuclear weapons, they still have no proven long-term delivery platform. And yet the criminal US and Israel have enough nukes to destroy all of the middle east in short order. The US is the only nation in the world to have used nuclear weapons on another country, and did so against an enemy that was already utterly defeated and trying to negotiate a surrender. Why does Israel have the “right” to hundreds of nuclear weapons and Iran is not even to be allowed the theoretical capability to develop one?

The UK and US overthrew the democratically elected government of Iran in 1953 and installed the Shah of Iran who was a brutal dictator. The US has used for decades the excuse that Israel is the only “democracy” in the middle east to give it billions of dollars in weapons and foreign aid. If you overthrow any attempt at democracy and support dictators around the region, you should not be baffled at there being no democracies flourishing around the region.

The US provided backing to Iraq after it invaded Iran without warning in an aggressive war of choice.  The monetary and military support of the US to Iraq allowed that aggressor nation to continue the disastrous war even longer than it would have been able to do otherwise. There are some experts who believe that the invasion of Iran by Iraq was encouraged beforehand by the US for its own nefarious reasons.

In an act of pure evil the USS Vincennes shot down an Iranian civilian airliner in 1988 while it was flying in Iranian airspace. All 290 aboard were killed and 66 of them were children. The murderers of these innocent civilians have never been held accountable for their actions.

So which nation, exactly, is the existential threat? Is it the Persians who have not attacked another country in modern times or is it the USA which is the most war-like nation to have ever existed on the face of this planet?

My god people, there is an oppressive theocracy in Iran that is there due to our past actions and it holds high moral ground over the US government. Smoke that one over for awhile.

A few words on the US military

What do you say to young folks who might be looking at joining the US military? To me, the moral aspect of becoming a paid killer of innocent men, women, and children is enough but that does not seem to deter the tens of thousands who each year look into joining the military. In the Vietnam war era many young men joined some service other than the Army just to not get drafted into the Army. One can understand that sort of defensive thinking even if he disagrees with the morality of it.

But today there is no draft and there is no reason to compel a young man to join the military other than his wanting to participate in the violence while earning a good living.

Laurence M. Vance wrote about five reasons to join the military the other day:

Here are five reasons to join the military from a slightly different perspective:

1. To kill people. Young men have been killing people by the thousands for years in their video games. I guess that is why the military uses these games as recruiting tools. The aphorism “Join the Army, travel the world, meet interesting people, and kill them” has never been truer. Just ask the hundreds of thousand of dead Iraqis and Afghans.

2. To build your ego. You can wear your uniform in an airport and be thanked for your service by throngs of people you have never seen before. You can wear your uniform to church the Sunday before Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, or Veterans Day and be asked to stand while someone asks God to bless the troops. And when you leave the military, just telling people you are a veteran will bring forth shouts of glory, laud, and honor.

3. To be part of the president’s personal attack force. Since World War II, the U.S. military has been exclusively used by the president for purposes other than the actual defense of the country. Soldiers that went to Iraq and Afghanistan, like those that went to Korea, Vietnam, and all the other countries where the U.S. military had no business going, go as part of the president’s personal army. And if they join for financial reasons – as recommended by Marco O’Brien – then they are simply mercenaries like the British hired to fight Americans during the Revolutionary War.

4. To commit random acts of depravity and violence. Want to urinate on dead bodies? Want to bomb wedding parties? Want to kill civilians for sport? Want to rape foreign women? Want to take body parts as trophies? Want to destroy a town and its entire infrastructure? Want to pose for photos with murdered civilians? Want to torture and humiliate prisoners? Then the military is the place for you.

5. To pervert the purpose of the military. Invading countries, occupying other countries, enforcing UN resolutions, nation building, establishing democracy, changing regimes, training foreign armies, opening markets, supplying peacekeepers, assassinating people, maintaining no-fly zones, providing disaster relief, dispensing humanitarian aid, and fighting foreign wars – that is, anything but actually “defending our freedoms” – perverts the purpose of the military.

Mr. Vance hit the nail on the head with that list! I am sure many young men would deny most of the list, but it rings true to my ears. He went on to give a reality check and five reasons not to join the military. These reasons are something every young man and woman should know about:

And here are five real reasons to not join the military:

1. To be killed. There are almost 5,000 U.S. military personnel who came home from Iraq in a flag-draped coffin or a body bag – if there were enough pieces of them to be picked up in the desert sands. Another 2,000 U.S. troops died in Afghanistan. And for what? Absolutely nothing. They all died in vain and for a lie. Why be added to those casualties?

2. To destroy your family. Multiple duty tours and increased deployment terms are the death knell for stable families. Do you think it is good to deprive a child of his father, and in many cases his mother, for months at a time? What makes you think that the military will never send you away from your family for an extended period of time? What makes you think that you and your family will be able to “handle it”? U.S. military families are the unseen victims of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

3. To never have another independent thought. You will be expected to blindly follow the orders of your superiors without questioning their purpose or morality. You will often times not be in a position to know whether an order is in fact dubious or immoral. You will be expected to, without reservation, drop that bomb, fire that weapon, launch that missile, and throw that grenade, as well as kill people and destroy their property.

4. To suffer severe injuries. Many thousands of U.S. military personnel have been wounded in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Hundreds have had limbs amputated. Untold numbers suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Some soldiers will spend the rest of their lives unable to work or drive a car. Others will live out their days as physical and/or emotional basket cases. What makes you think that you will not be sent to Afghanistan, Yemen, or some other God-forsaken place the U.S. military has no business being and emerge unscathed in body and mind?

5. To commit suicide. The suicide rate among active duty and veterans of the military is at an all-time high. No one joins the military with the intention of committing suicide, but dealing with broken relationships, strained families, chronic pain, PTSD, depression, deaths of fellow soldiers, substance abuse, multiple deployments, and/or adjusting to life after the military can come with a price that some are not willing to pay.

To join or not join, that is the question. Your life and the life of your family depend on your decision. After you join, you may never be stationed overseas, never face enemy fire, never be in danger, have a wonderful family, made a comfortable living, see the world, retire after twenty years, and then get a good job with a government contractor – and then again you may not do any of these things. You may die in a training accident before you are old enough to drink. Whatever you do, don’t listen to the promises of the lying pimps known as military recruiters.

To make a living killing innocent men, women, children, and babies is so horrific that I can not understand what sort of man wants to do this work. Perhaps real evil does exist in the hearts of men and that they want to kill babies in foreign lands is the ultimate proof of it. Perhaps they are propagandized and deluded and really think they are “protecting” us. Perhaps they just don’t think about it and just sign up.

It is time to make the young aware of what they are considering. If you know someone thinking of becoming a hired killer for the Empire, you should at least make sure they know what the job is.