Tuesday, July 9, 2013

A Case For American Influence

     The quickly deteriorating situation in Egypt and the ease with which the "Arab Spring" transformed into a Siberian Winter, along with the Syrian government murdering almost one hundred thousand of their own people and Iran inching ever so closer to being nuclear-armed, can hardly be noticed without acknowledging the fingerprints of President Obama. They are, for the most part, fingerprints of a passive leader of the free world. The deliberate non-interventionist policies of the Obama administration is no secret, the President himself has alluded many times to his wish of  reducing America's influence in the world, an influence, he believes in the deepest darkest places of his Leftist ideology, is responsible for enslaving people throughout the world and inflicting war upon them.
     Knowing the preceding truth  about our President makes his intervention in Egypt two years ago ever the more perplexing. But even that was not a full-fledged intervention, but more of an American drive-by where the President exerted the United States government's pressure just until Hosni Mubarak was ousted as the 30 plus year ruler of Egypt and ally of the U.S. Then President Obama backed out of the situation just at a crucial time when the future of Egypt was at stake and not only allowed, but seemed to encourage the Muslim Brotherhood, through Mohamed Morsi, gaining control of the Egyptian government. Now the President is even more withdrawn since his guy Morsi has been removed via a military coup.
     What the President and the implementers and supporters of his disastrous foreign policy do not understand, is that for there to be any hope of democracies in the Middle East that respect human and civil rights, the United States' influence is desperately needed. This is because there is no tradition in that part of the world for self-government or rights of the governed as we had in this country before the American revolution. Even as 18th century British subjects, the colonists that revolted had more rights and understood those rights better than most people in the Middle East today. British subjects and their rulers had lived under the influence of the Magna Carta for over five hundred years by the time of the American revolution. The idea of not only the ruled having rights, but the rulers having responsibilities to those they ruled, is a relatively new concept to the people of the Middle East.
     When the United States fails to participate and influence world events like in Egypt, Iran, Syria and elsewhere, the influences of tyranny and oppression shape those events. This is neither good for the people in those countries or for the United States. I fear that in the next few years, with the comatose foreign policy of the Obama administration, the United States and the world are in for some turbulent times and much more slaughter and mayhem. President Obama and his allies have a world view that is one hundred and eighty degrees out of phase. U.S. intervention does not cause friction and strife throughout the world, but reduces it and ensures the best chance for the people of other lands to live as self-directed lives as we enjoy in this great country. 

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