Monday, July 17, 2017

War Counsel

I’m going to let Prager University do most of the teaching today. I watch their videos frequently—various ones on different days. But recently I happened upon a number of these, near enough together that I caught some connections. We could maybe call them the war collection.

Here’s a basic principle about the wars our nation participates in: We should be cautious and careful beforehand, and know for certain going to war is something we must do, to protect our sovereignty and civilization, or that of one of our allies asking for rescue. Once we’ve made the decision, the debate is over; we must never go back on that decision, because that wastes lives and destroys our honor.

We’ve had too much experience in the past several decades of going in with mostly agreement, and then giving in to ill-timed anti-war sentiment.

I could place blame at this point. Every time we have severe disapproval of our military actions while our soldiers are yet in the field, that is what Democrats do, and the mainstream media—but I repeat myself. They do it so thoroughly that Republicans, even those who were there to remember the truth, start giving in and saying, “Yeah, but…” There have been a number of unwise military actions taken by Democrats as well, but Republicans don’t try to thwart the military while they’re underway. I don’t know why this should be partisan, but history shows that it has been.

What we need is a reminder of what has really happened, especially where history has been rewritten. We can learn from truth, but we never seem to learn from the rewrites.

We’ll go through these war videos in chronological order, starting with the Korean War. Then comes the Vietnam War. And then the War in Iraq, which also covers, of necessity, the Gulf War.

The Korean War isn’t technically over; we have been at stalemate for half a century. But the separation of north from south that we finally came to saved—and helped thrive—the people in half of Korea. Enough time has passed that we just need this reminder.

Why Did America Fight the Korean War?              

A similar north/south separation could have prevented millions of deaths—after the Vietnam War. What happened instead was that the US, after winning the war, broke its word and abandoned the South Vietnamese. Millions were killed, caused to flee, or sent to reeducation camps to enforce communism on them. And here in America the generation of veterans who were shamed is unconscionable. Their misery is on the heads of every Vietnam War protester. Prager U has two short videos on this War.

The Truth about the Vietnam War           

Why Did America Fight the Vietnam War?           

The very idea that “Bush lied and people died” is absurd, if you have any clear memory of what actually happened after 9/11/2001. There was no lie. There was no need to lie, since there was worldwide agreement. So, delete what the media has been saying for the past decade, and recall what really went into the decision to invade Iraq in 2003.

Why America Invaded Iraq          

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