Ayn Rand Institute Writer Opposes Iraq War

"Soldiers are not sacrificial objects; they are full-fledged Americans with the same moral right as the rest of us to the pursuit of their own goals, their own dreams, their own happiness. Rational soldiers enjoy much of the work of military service, take pride in their ability to do it superlatively, and gain profound satisfaction in protecting the freedom of every American, including their own freedom...

Shamefully, America has repeatedly failed to meet this obligation. It has repeatedly placed soldiers in harm's way when no threat to America existed--e.g., to quell tribal conflicts in Somalia, Bosnia, and Kosovo. America entered World War I, in which 115,000 soldiers died, with no clear self-defense purpose but rather on the vague, self-sacrificial grounds that "The world must be made safe for democracy." America's involvement in Vietnam, in which 56,000 Americans died in a fiasco that American officials openly declared a "no-win" war, was justified primarily in the name of service to the South Vietnamese. And the current war in Iraq--which could have had a valid purpose as a first step in ousting the terrorist-sponsoring, anti-American regimes of the Middle East--is responsible for thousands of unnecessary American deaths in pursuit of the sacrificial goal of "civilizing" Iraq by enabling Iraqis to select any government they wish, no matter how anti-American."

By Alex Epstein
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Cato said...

Bush is Wilson's heir. I am serious. If you read his second inagural address and read Wilson's "safe for democracy" speech... Wilson could have sued Bush for plagerism had he been around. Wilson was the father of the international liberalism politics that now find a home in places like the UN and the White House (as opposed to realist politics). I think it was a bad decision to go to Iraq. Frankly if Iraq even wanted nuclear weapons or other "weapons of mass destruction" it really isn't our concern.

666 said...

And that would be because caring about the long-range impacts of nuclear weapons on the global community isn't about the individual -- it's about the collective whole. Conversely, a country like the US and Russia trying to impose their worldview on a country like Iraq is really all about bullying the smaller kid. It's like shutup Iran, sell us your oil like a good kid or will kick your collective ass and make up a freedom loving domocracy where the buzzwords of bullshit flow like fine wine.