BY JR NYQUIST
As we approach the fiscal cliff we also approach another cliff. In recent years the United States has assumed the responsibility for defending and freeing millions of people in distant lands. We have fought terrorism, which is understandable; but we have also interested ourselves in the liberation of the Arab peoples from tyrannical rulers in Egypt, Libya and Syria. Meanwhile, we have paid enormous sums of money to refashion Iraq into a democracy – though this democracy is always on the point of breaking up. We have also been trying to make a democracy out of Afghanistan. We have poured billions of dollars into these countries. There is no end to our largesse.
Perhaps you have noticed our new principle – the one which proclaims that everybody deserves a free lunch, and a free public education, and a job, and health care. Well, this principle has an international aspect; namely, that everyone on earth deserves to be rescued by the U.S. military and brought under democracy. How we pay for all this is anyone’s guess. Of course we cannot help paying for it, and we cannot help going broke for it. It seems we have to save the planet, even if we bankrupt ourselves and the planet along with us.
Take the case of Syria, where the rebellion against the Bashar Assad regime is heating up. This morning DEBKAFile is reporting that rebels have captured Syria’s biggest chemical weapons storehouse east of Aleppo. Last week British Foreign Secretary William Hague told Parliament of evidence that the Assad regime was preparing to use chemical weapons against the rebels. This claim has been seconded by U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta who said, “The intelligence we have causes serious concerns…. The president of the United States has made very clear there will be consequences … if the Assad regime makes a terrible mistake by using these chemical weapons on their own people.”