No one said Iraq was going to be easy, or short. Sure enough, it is neither. Resistance is growing, and prospects of an early peace seem tarnished. President Bush, however, is not intimidated or daunted. “Bring ‘em on,” he responded to the threats. Bush says we intend to stay in Iraq until a democratic government is firmly established.
On last night’s TV news, I heard a man point out America does not have control over the media in Iraq, and those that do are urging America to leave. Of course, world media is in a sharkish feeding frenzy, devouring the American image with every bullet fired by our forces. America is the bad guy. Really bad.
Just about the time American forces are facing this depressing but false reality, another call for American troops comes from Liberia. Why? Some minor dictator, Charles Ghankey Taylor has ruined his little country, and the great and powerful UN can’t handle him. Amnesty denounces him. The Liberian people want US “peace-keeping” forces to come in and save them. Opporunists all.
Same old story, actually. We’ve responded to it over and over again. Third world countries and continents are an endless replay of the same scenario. Africa is chocked full of such disastrous conclaves called “countries”.
Pick a country. Any country. Pick Cuba. Why don’t we send peace-keeping troups into Havana, and deliver the miserable, oppressed, abused folk there?
If Bush sends troops into Liberia, I’m afraid it will look like an appeasement of the UN. After all, Bush declared America’s independence from that rotten nest of communist failures. Yet, it’s Koffi Annon, UN Secretary-General, who is asking for the US intervension. Maybe Bush wants to restore a little credibility to the organization. But why? It has always been a wastful operation, actually promoting dictatorships and oppression. It’s always wanted to down-size American independence, while it drains America of its resources. Clinton worked feverishly to accomplish this. But why have any expectation of the UN at all?
Since no one declares war anymore, but we all simply fight at will, what is the point of entering Liberia? Haven’t we learned anything about the permanent instability of some of these third world countries? We’re in the middle of one of the worst, Iraq, and we’re thinking about going into another one? Misericordia!
It’s about time America re-declared Independence! This 4th of July, 2003, is a perfect time. We are not responsible for every country in the world. How is it that we are continually betrayed into such thickets of inextricable waste, costing life and resources? What would it matter if another 50,000 Liberians are slaughtered by Taylor? Probably many more unsafe abortions occur there. Abortions in America alone far exceed the 50,000 deaths caused by Taylor over the last ten years. 1.4 million abortions were reported in America in 1990.
If death and dying are a motivation to send in peace-keeping troops, then I don’t understand why America should have any particular regard for Liberia. Is this an African-American cause in disguise? Is there some sentimental attachment to Liberia, where Americans tried to re-patriate slaves? The Africans of the land there resisted and slaughtered many of the returned “free” slaves. The American government has no historical reason for investing in Liberia now. Liberia was ever only a guilt-ridden, independent business project, perhaps logical, even necessary then, but certainly not the American government’s problem now.
America need not police the world. It is not an inevitable responsibility. At this time in history, I shall have to praise the John Birch Society, the only organization that is dedicated exlusively and consistently to maintaining the country’s fidelity to our Constitution. The Constitution is our guide, our ID, our definition. If we depart from it, we are not America anymore. We are a fat, rich whore, available for world rape on demand. The UN supplies the Johns.