[sixties-l] Re: sixties-l-Buchanan Less Bloodthirsty than Demo Libs

From: Jeffrey Blankfort (jab@tucradio.org)
Date: Fri Sep 21 2001 - 01:47:38 EDT

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    Consider the diplomatic dilemmas our president confronts. Does he, like
    his father in Desert Storm,
    enlist Syria in the war coalition, or are the Syrians enemies? Does he
    reach out to President Mohammad Khatami, the
    elected leader of an Iran that is deeply hostile to the Taliban, or are
    they too on the enemies list? Does Bush seek Vladimir
    V. Putin's help, or does Russia's war against the Chechens, who have
    committed acts of terror, disqualify them as allies? Do
    we press for peace between Yasser Arafat and the Israelis, or is that
    rewarding terror? What took place last Tuesday was an
    atrocity. What is coming may qualify as tragedy. For the mass murder of
    our citizens has filled this country with a terrible
    resolve that could lead it to plunge headlong into an all-out war
    against despised Arab and Islamic regimes that turns into a
    war of civilizations, with the United States almost alone. In the
    presidential campaign of 2000, we failed to make foreign
    policy the issue. But what I said then retains relevance: "How can all
    our meddling not fail to spark some horrible retribution
    .... Have we not suffered enough--from Pan Am 103, to the World Trade
    Center, to the embassy bombings in Nairobi and Dar
    es Salaam - not to know that interventionism is the incubator of
    terrorism. Or will it take some cataclysmic atrocity on U.S.
    soil to awaken our global gamesmen to the going price of empire?
    "America today faces a choice of destinies. We can
    choose to be a peacemaker of the world, or its policeman who goes about
    night-sticking troublemakers until we, too, find
    ourselves in some bloody brawl we cannot handle." In his intervention in
    Lebanon's civil war, President Reagan made a rare
    blunder. But when our Marines were massacred, he did not send a mighty
    army to avenge them. He used U.S. power to exact
    a price, then extricated us from that war. There is no vital American
    interest at risk in all these religious, territorial and tribal
    wars from Algeria to Afghanistan. Let us pay back those who did this,
    then let us extricate ourselves. Either America finds an
    exit strategy from empire, or we lose our republic.

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