Conservative Corner: The World’s Policeman

Since the beginning of our county we have prided ourselves in the fact that we, as Americans, are free and been blessed with God-given rights including life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Our constitution guaranties this. The United States was the first county in modern history to exercise our form of government successfully. Democracy is a wonderful thing, unfortunately, it is not for everyone. Some governments may have a modified form of democracy or not at all. One of the biggest problems our elected officials and leaders face is to have the wisdom of when to help out in another country’s problems and knowing when to keep to ourselves.

In cases like the attack by the Japanese on Pearl Harbor and the terrorist attacks on 9/11the choice seemed just and right. Defending American soil and the defense of American lives is always important and a worthy reason for our country to activate America’s armed forces. Unfortunately, our reasons for going to war or to have our military participate in “police actions” may not always been as worthy and just as some of us would like it to be.

World War I and II both seemed like worthy causes for the United States to be involved with. The Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War had different reasons for fighting. During WWII Americans fought against Hitler’s army and the Japanese Empire, however, in Korea and Vietnam it wasn’t that simple. After WWII we began a new kind of conflict known as the Cold War. It was not necessarily a war of bombs and bullets, although munitions were defiantly used, it was mainly a war between democracy vs. communism, socialism vs. capitalism and them vs. us. It began a war of conspiracy, paranoia, accusations, and fear. I joined the U.S. Army in 1986 and we were always preparing to do battle against the communistic forces of the Soviet Union. However, with the fall of the Berlin Wall, it was thought that communism may also have fallen. Now, of course, our military of today had a new enemy to prepare for, terrorists and terrorist cells.

The war against terrorists and terrorism is one of those wars that is fought both in the battle field of the Mid-East and in our own back yard. Because of 9/11, we are threatened by inspections, searches and sometimes improper “pat-downs” in search of devises that could be used to turn a plane in to a missile. Even though Osama Bin Laden is no longer on this Earth, in the long run he and his network of terrorists have won the battle of the mind. It appears now, unfortunately, that communism may be, once again, rearing its ugly head.

When the Iron Curtain fell some of its states broke away from the Soviet Union to create their own governments. Some did well; some weren’t so fortunate and suffered with corrupt governments and protesting for years. Ukraine is one of these countries struggling with trying to establish a government that will make all of its residents happy. It is becoming quite a challenge. Ukrainian elections have been suffering from various degrees of malpractice for the last few years according to www.independent.co.uk. The web site went on to say that the elections “were marked by the abuse of state resources, lack of transparency of campaign and party financing, and the lack of balanced media coverage”.

Last Sunday the Russian Army moved in and took control of a badly out-numbered military base at Perevalne. No shots were fired and www.nbcnews.com said that the Ukrainian soldiers were feeling overwhelmed with sheer numbers, rocket propelled grenades at the ready, and the fact that many of the people in the area are pro-Russian. The Ukrainians just laid down their weapons.

Is America going to help Ukrainian President Viktor F. Yanukovych fight the Russians? That is something we will find out. Like with Syria, I believe the last thing we need to do is help another country fight a civil war. With the national debt over $17 trillion and growing, the cutbacks in our military going to pre-WWII levels and the decline of the quality of our military personnel, the last thing we need is to engage in more wars we can’t win or afford.

I have no problem with our military fighting a just and moral battle for freedom and democracy, however, we have been fighting long enough. It’s time we pulled back, regrouped, lick our wounds and take care of our own. Isn’t it about time we stopped being the world’s police and keep our noses to ourselves this time? We have enough troubles of our own to deal with. Let’s deal with them.

Dkhummel.com, dkhummel.blogspot.com

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About D.K. Hummel
I am a dis-placed Alaskan, Ham radio operator, Broadcaster/DJ, Seahawk fan, Alaska Aces fan, U.S. Army Vet, and a conservative; but not always in that order.

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