The Best Foreign Policy is No Foreign Policy

by James Matthew Wilson on October 20, 2010 · 6 comments <span>Print this article</span> Print this article

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Devon, PA. This article by Robert Pape documents what most of us know — whether we like it or not; and it documents it better than, say, the Bush administration documented its case for war.

Build a wall; keep within it.  Cultivate your own green fields.  That is a foreign policy our “globalized” world (redundant?) can live with.

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avatar CK October 20, 2010 at 4:06 pm

There’s no need to build a wall if you don’t have some standing army itching to go outside of it.

avatar Anonymous October 20, 2010 at 5:11 pm

I’m not sure that article says what you and the author think it says.

avatar Tim October 20, 2010 at 5:14 pm

The obvious flaws in this argument are:

1. There wouldn’t be any ‘occupations’ if it weren’t for Islamic adventurism.
2. Other countries have been ‘occupied’ without resorting to suicide terrorism.

The only reason anyone is in Iraq or Afghanistan is because certain nutcases (who, gee, by some odd coincidence were steeped in a aggressive totalitarian ideology named ‘Islam’) were threatening other civilized nations. The time to do something about a murderer is while he’s talking trash and loading his gun, not after he’s shot you.

‘Suicide terrorism’ is an original creation with Muslims. Other bona-fide terrorists (the IRA, for an obvious example) don’t do that sort of stupid shit, because only Muslims believe that you can go to heaven by killing yourself in the course of killing the other guy.

avatar James Matthew Wilson October 20, 2010 at 12:22 pm

I don’t want to start a long thread here, but I certainly agree with you there, Tim. Were we to cease going abroad in search of monsters, there would still be monsters; I would just prefer to kill them at the gates rather than breeding them in their lairs.

avatar Zac October 22, 2010 at 9:02 pm

That’s ridiculous. Even if you discount Japanese kamikaze attacks, the modern suicide attack was not an original creation of Muslims but was originally developed by the Tamil Tigers (who, incidentally, were no friends to Muslims).

You need to study up, son. I would recommend the books of Michael Scheuer, another individual who, like Robert Pape, and unlike you, knows what he is talking about.

avatar Zac October 22, 2010 at 9:03 pm

Have you read Michael Sheuer’s books?

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