Isolationism is a topic that I have considered writing about for a while now and with all the issues we are confronted with in the world today, I thought it would be a good time to weigh in on the issue.
As usual I like to make sure any cave dwellers reading my Blog understand what I’m talking about. For those that don’t understand what is meant by the term, It’s the policy of remaining apart from the affairs and interest of others, especially where political affairs in other countries are concerned. In other words, we should mind our own damn business!
Minding our own business may seem like a good idea at first, but it can come back to haunt us as a nation resulting in serious problems with our national security, and from a humanitarian standpoint can leave the nation feeling shamed for decades.
There was a German Pastor, Martin Niemöller,`who became know for the following poem, First They Came…
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
That poem really does a great job of making one stop and think about the concept of minding our own business. The sad things is, we can see that process play out over and over through history.
For example in the early years of WWII ramping up, while Hitler was doing his thing in Europe, the Japanese were on a quest to rule Asia and the Pacific. They had adopted the Three Alls Policy… Kill all, loot all, and burn all and were destroying everyone and everything is site. While all this destruction and killing was taking place around us in the world, America was busy minding their own business for the most part. Of course all this was before anyone considered us a super power, and I’m sure with us still trying to shake off the effects of the Great Depression, no one wanted to give much thought to us going to war.
Unfortunately, we failed to give much consideration to the same thing we seem to ignore today. We seem to believe that by minding our own business and staying out of things, that we will be left alone. We fail to consider our enemies have a say in our desire to make war. America had no desire for the most part to get involved in the fighting going on in Europe and Asia, but evil exist, like it or not!
It may seem like evil is going after everyone else, but evil is like a parasite, if you don’t destroy it the minute it begins to spread, it will eventually attack you… And that’s just what happened – Japan attacked us!
There are many more examples of evil run amuck over the years, but with the exception of the Japanese managing to bomb Pearl Harbor and the Taliban managing to hit the Twin Towers, American’s have been isolated from it. It’s not that we have not been aware of things taking place, such as the genocide in Rwanda, Mao Zedong and the millions he killed, Pol Pot, and Idi Amin to name a few. These evil men were responsible for the senseless, ruthless killing of hundreds of millions of people just in the last seventy years or so.
Not all of them had America in their sights, but should that be the only deciding factor whether we get involved or not? There is a quote often credited to President John F. Kennedy, but the quote actually was first recorded as coming from Jesus Christ. “To whom much is given, much will be required.”
In the past, these global events and atrocities were well away from us, however with the growth of technology and air travel, they are right in our face and only minutes away. When American’s see the results of the actions of these evil people such as the ones I mentioned, they are appalled by it… We even have a museum in Washington, D.C. visited by hundreds of thousands of people, if not millions every year who view the images of the atrocities committed against the Jews, their fellow-man and think how terrible. I doubt many who tour the museum leave thinking, “well, that was their problem.”
As technology and flight continues to bring us closer, we have to seriously consider what kind of people we are. If you saw your neighbor’s home on fire late at night, would you call the fire department? Would you help your neighbor screaming for help from their bedroom window, or would you simply close your shades and go back to bed?
To put you in a more recent situation, if you were trapped on a mountain with your family, babies, young children, your elderly mother, and surrounded by thugs trying to kill you, would you want, or expect your fellow-man to come to your aid, or would you prefer they keep walking because, well… It’s none of their business what happens to you?
We also need to be very vigilant and understand that with technology and flight bringing the global community closer, radicals such as ISIS developing a terrorist state, gaining control of resources that enhance their ability to launch an attack on distant lands, become a serious threat to our national security.
I believe it’s time, with all the senseless killing going on in the world, that we as American’s look deep within our souls and decide what kind of a nation… What kind of a people we are.
It is a well-known fact and has been said for many years, that the only thing necessary for evil to exist, is for good men to do nothing!
Are we a good people?