MAKING THE WORLD SAFE FOR DEMOCRACY
Bigwig lambasts Howard Dean for hypocrisy for supporting military action to oust Milosovik but not Saddam. That seems fair enough. But he goes quite a bit further, quoting both Teddy Roosevelt and our Declaration of Independence to make the argument that we have a moral obligation to fight for freedom everywhere.
Humanism is dead in the Democratic Party. How else does one explain their lack of regard for basic human rights when it comes to foreigners?
It’s funny, how President Bush, with his suspect motivations and questionable goals has still managed to do more for the cause of Iraqi freedom than any other American, ever. Saint Howard, on the other hand, would have perfectly content to let them be tortured and murdered indefinitely.
I don’t suspect Bush will go on to do the same for others in the world who yearn for freedom, even though I’d like him to. Nothing would please me more than to see the leadership of Myanmar, Zimbabwe, North Korea, Syria, and Cuba suffer the same fate as the Iraqi Baathists. Some people need to be bombed just on general principles.
That’s a nice sentiment but certainly not one I’d like to see enacted into public policy. Our Declaration of Independence was written smack in the middle of a war we launched for our own independence. While I believe humans naturally yearn to breathe free, I think it’s generally something they’ve had to fight for. Themselves. As the saying goes, freedom isn’t free.
Indeed, I’m the opposite of Howard Dean here: I didn’t support our wars in Bosnia and Kosovo because they were wholly unrelated to U.S. national interests. The world is full of crazy dictators victimizing their own people; we can’t take them all out. I supported the war to oust Saddam because he was a dangerous man in a vital region; that it also liberated the Iraqi people was a wonderful, happy bonus.
(Hat tip: Susanna Cornett)