The ISIS issue over in the middle east has lots of people talking, at least those who are paying the slightest bit of attention that is. Two men whom I respect, one more than the other, both had articles published today on the same website on the same topic, with two totally different takes. One I agree with completely, the other I consider suicidal thinking.
One of them, is Ron Paul, with whom I agree on many topics, including personal freedoms and some of his thoughts on the economy, but when it comes to fighting our enemies, I could not disagree with him more. This article written by him is a perfect example of his head-in-the-sand thinking.
There are 200 million people bordering the countries where ISIS is currently operating. They are the ones facing the threat of ISIS activity and expansion. Let them fight their own war, rather than turning the US military into the mercenary army of wealthy Gulf states. Remember, they come over here because we are over there. So let’s not be over there any longer.
Ignoring a threat like ISIS does not make them go away, just like it did not make the Nazis go away before WWII. America cannot afford such self-centered, isolationist thinking. Doing so has a proven track record of failure, a track record Paul is ignoring completely.
Then, on the other hand, there is Thomas Sowell, a man for whom my respect knows almost no limit. Of all of his writings that I have read over the years, I think I have only disagreed with him twice. His take on this current situation is nearly identical to mine.
In all my 84 years, I cannot recall a time when most Americans wanted war. That is something we should be proud of. But wars are not always optional.
Even World War II — which some have called “the good war” — was not something that most Americans wanted.
No one wants war, but sometimes you have to fight it anyway, and the fight is not over until both sides say so. One thing is for sure, ISIS and those like them have most definitely NOT said the war is over. In fact, they have said exactly the opposite, and have vowed to bring the fight to us here, in our homes. One way or another, we sure as hell are going to be fighting them. Personally, I’d much rather fight them over there, than fight them here.