Thursday, December 13, 2007

Time To Turn Away Ffrom Empire Building

Time to turn away from empire building

When Republican candidate Ron Paul suggested it is time to give Iraq back to the Iraqi people at a recent presidential debate, he was met with hostility, and no opportunity to respond or explain. John McCain attacked Paul's "isolationist" views by comparing them to the attitudes that allowed Adolf Hitler to rise to power before WWII. This was an argument I myself used to explain to friends why Sadaam should be taken out prior to the current war. That was four years ago.

I realize there are times when diplomacy fails and weapons of war may be necessary. Senator McCain's comment to Ron Paul, however, has no merit, other than to frighten uninformed Americans into supporting a failed foreign policy of empire building. Here's why I believe this is so.