All you really need to be anti-war is a good sense of history. Wars rarely end well. In fact, most end poorly for one side, the other side, and sometimes for both sides and everyone else around them. War pretty much sucks. Yet every time we turn around there is someone out there who thinks we ought to go riding in to save someone else from certain doom. The sky is falling, once again, and only America can fix it.
How’d that work out last time?
The intervention to end all interventions was Viet Nam. We stayed there until 58,222 American service members were killed. Another 1,500 or so were never accounted for and are presumed dead, except for those people who listen to talk radio and believe they’re still being held captive.
We went into Nam to help prop up and unpopular government and as the years went by things went from terrible to oh my god can’t we just leave and not care what happens to these people anymore?
In 1962 President Kennedy, Secretary of Defense McNamara, and their military advisors decided to stay in Nam not because it was the right thing to do but because they simply couldn’t find a way out. At that time there were fewer than three hundred American dead.
But then there was Iraq One and then there was Iraq Two and then there was Afghanistan Version 399.76 because everyone on earth has invaded that country at one point in time or another.
It ends poorly. Stay out of the place!
But we were certain that Desert Storm, the First Gulf War, was right. It did end well, didn’t it? Except that there we were, just a Bush removed from the first war and then we were there again.
So what happened after we left Nam? There was a bloodbath and a lot of people were killed. We left Iraq and now the blood is beginning to flow again. What in the hell did we expect to happen? We took out the world’s tenth strongest military and we replaced it with some people who did business with us when we took out their government. The people who played by our rules were not those people who would one day get the people to follow them, hey, that does sound like Nam, doesn’t it?
When you go into a country and kill some folks and blow things up, you might as well kill as many people as you can and just keep the place, like we did over here in America. That’s how wars are won. If you aren’t interested in that, what the hell are you doing? It’s like kicking in someone’s door but not taking everything and telling them you’re a friend because you didn’t.
Our government has no idea how to conduct a war or why wars are waged.
We ought to just get out before we get back in. We ought to tell people, “We’re sorry, but you’re just going to have to fight your own wars because when we do it the results are never what we expect.”
That’s pretty much reason enough never to go to war again, unless we mean it.
Mike writes regularly at his site: The Hickory Head Hermit
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