The common denominator is Globocops on the Left and Right alike
demand American military intervention in distant lands even when
the morally just and proper defense of America's homeland is not
at issue. Globocops claim their "Have Gunboat, Will Travel"
foreign policy constitutes an appropriate and necessary response
to the complex realities of a shrinking and interrelated world.
Some of them may even believe this sophistry.
Globocops on the Left demand American military intervention in the
Balkan Peninsula. They want to defend Albanians against "Serbian
ethnic cleansing," even though Albanian KLA terrorists are
the ones ethnically cleansing the Serbians.
Globocops on the Right demand American military intervention in
the Taiwan Straits. They want to defend Taiwan Chinese against "communism,"
even though mainland Chinese are "capitalist roaders"
busy dismantling their money-losing state-owned enterprises as fast
as humanly possible, and the Taiwan separatist demagogues are disciples
of Japanese neofascism.
The Globocops can't even tell the good guys from the bad guys. But
they know they have to "do something." They're itching
to "do something." That "something" usually
involves killing lots of "evildoers." Preferably from
15,000 feet. Who are the "evildoers?" The Globocops aren't
sure. But why worry? "Kill 'em all. Let God sort 'em out."
Globocops on the Left are Tweedledum. Globocops on the Right are
Tweedledumber. Or maybe vice versa.
Isaac Newton once demurred he was able to see as far as he had only
because he "stood on the shoulders of giants." The Globocops
should try standing on the shoulders of two American giants: George
Washington and John Quincy Adams. If they did, they might realize
the folly of playing Globocops and robbers and desist from further
undermining any remaining vestiges of international order in the
The Globocops have convinced themselves that their headlong undermining
of long-established conventions of international law have assisted
the birth of a New World Order of universal justice. The possibility
they may have spilled open Pandora's Box, destroying what little
hope the world had for a relatively harmonious and peaceful Twenty-first
Century has apparently never crossed their minds.
Globocops seldom spell out in so many words just what it is they
think authorizes our federal Leviathan to initiate military aggression
against foreign nations which have not attacked sovereign American
territory. It sure as hell isn't our Constitution. Therefore it
is necessary for classical liberal, Old Right and libertarian opponents
of global intervention to spell out the Globocops' rationale in
In essence the Globocops' "moral calculus" goes something
like this. Our nation is a "democracy." Being a "democracy"
our government is "legitimate. " Being "legitimate"
our government is morally superior to "illegitimate" governments.
Therefore our government is entitled to do "whatever is necessary"
to put a stop to "unacceptable" behavior by "illegitimate"
This may represent the reasoning process of medieval Crusaders,
Islamic Jihad and the Taliban. It was most certainly not
the reasoning process of America's Founding Fathers.
George Washington in his Farewell Address of 1796 urged future generations
of Americans to:
good faith and justice towards all Nations. Cultivate peace and
harmony with all... It will be worthy of a free, enlightened, and...
great Nation, to give to mankind the magnanimous and too novel example
of a People always guided by an exalted justice and benevolence.
Who can doubt that... such a plan would richly repay any temporary
advantages which might be lost by a steady adherence to it? Can
it be that Providence has not connected the permanent felicity of
a Nation with its virtue?"
Charley Reese of the Orlando Sentinel recently vented his
disgust with the Globocops' betrayal of our Founders' strict non-interventionism
in more contemporary vernacular:
ought to be the good guys, and we aren't. We are meddling in other
people's countries, bullying them, killing them, breaking international
laws right and left, acting the hypocrite and being an all-around
jerk of a nation. The fault lies with the civilian leadership, not
with the military, and ultimately with us because we elect the civilian
leadership. For a self-governing people, we haven't done such a
hot job in recent years."
An email which recently turned up in my mailbox, penned by a "reluctant"
Globocop speaks volumes about how far the level of American political
discourse has declined since Washington spoke of "the magnanimous
and too novel example of a People always guided by an exalted justice
and benevolence." Here is the text of the "reluctant"
Globocop's letter, verbatim. I have not altered his spelling, punctuation,
grammar or syntax.
hate dictators. Mainland China is still ruled by dictators that
suppress political opposition. American's consider democracy sacred.
Taiwan is a democracy. American's don't like big bullies, especially
when they pick on little guys. Mainland. American's like little
guys. Taiwan. If mainland China tries to use force against Taiwan,
America's will see it as a big bully dictator attacking a sacred
democracy little guy. They WILL go to Taiwan's aid, even
if it means nuclear war with China. This is how the majority of
American's think. I live here, it is a democracy, so all I can do
is hope than the men in Beijing will realize how the American public
thinks and not do something extremely foolish and attack Taiwan."
Never mind that the ROC under Lee Teng-hui is not an authentic
democracy, but a Marcos-style dictatorship. Never mind that former
Justice Minister Liao Cheng-hao, who resigned last year in disgust,
just blew the whistle on Lee Teng-hui, confirming what every cab
driver in Taipei already knew, that "Mr. Democracy" routinely
resorts to police state tactics such as illegal wiretaps of opposition
politicians. Never mind that "elective monarch" Lee Teng-hui
is actually less answerable and less responsive to the ROC's Legislative
Yuan and National Assembly than Jiang Zemin is to the PRC's National
People's Congress. Our "reluctant" Globocop's mind was
made up and he wasn't about to be confused by the facts.
Our "reluctant" Globocop went on to share in almost erotic
detail the destruction the Pentagon's cutting edge military technology
would inflict on an egregiously overmatched China, concluding with:
the Chinese leadership attacks Taiwan, then China likely winds up
in chaos or as radioactive dust, depending on how things play out."
This "reluctant" Globocop's thinly-veiled, macho threat
that the World's Only Remaining Superpower would launch a nuclear
first strike against a post-communist China committed to radical
reform, on the pretext of "promoting human rights" was
accompanied by a disclaimer: his remarks were merely a warning from
a friend of the Chinese people, that he himself naturally deplores
such a prospect.
As much as I would like to claim these were the rantings of some
rabid Taiwan separatist radical, they were not. They were written
by a fellow American, "native" born. His identity does
not matter. This is not about a specific individual, but how human
beings in general can descend to such depths of depravity, even
while stroking themselves for their moral virtue.
What matters is how this "reluctant" Globocop's alarmingly
simplistic moral calculus, lending a veneer of legitimacy to darker
impulses, could express itself in an obscene eagerness to reduce
unseen strangers to "radioactive dust." Did this "reluctant"
Globocop not declare that tender concern for victims was his original
motive for "humanitarian intervention?" Now suddenly he
is only mildly perturbed by the prospect that these same victims
may wind up as "radioactive dust" alongside their victimizers?
Is it unfair to suggest that the real reason he failed to notice
this glaring contradiction in his moral posturing was he never really
cared about the victims to begin with?
This is the mind-numbing "justice" the Globocops are prepared
to administer to any "evildoer" who dares defy the Globocops'
Benevolent Global Hegemony, not to mention anyone else unfortunate
enough to be caught at Ground Zero. I for one cannot believe the
vast majority of my fellow Americans share this "reluctant"
Globocop's transparent, cold-blooded hypocrisy.
The visionary American
political philosopher Isabel Paterson, in a timeless essay entitled
"The Humanitarian with the Guillotine" recounted how "humanitarians"
throughout history have monotonously reenacted an identical tragedy,
over and over again. Every time "humanitarians" have marched
confidently in lockstep down Roads Paved with Good Intentions. Every
time the intended destination has been Utopia. Every time the actual
destination has always been a town square featuring a blood-soaked
guillotine, with the fingers of the "humanitarian" wrapped
around the guillotine's operating lever.
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