On his show today, Michael posed the question; “How do we make sure we don’t get into another unnecessary war?” claiming rightfully, that it is our responsibility, the citizens of the US, to prevent that from happening.
We all know how we got into the current war. The Bush administration, capitalizing on the fear from 9/11 lied to us about the threat Iraq posed to our safety. The media, instead of investigating the claims, went along with them. The people, fearful and angry over 9/11, agreed.
There are three scenarios I can think of that might lead us into another war;
- another terrorist attack
- pre-empting Iran’s nuclear ambitions
- Israel or another ally is attacked
Are any of these enough to justify another war? Are any of these worth the kinds of heartbreaking stories Michael read on his show today? I guess it’s up to each individual to decide that for themselves.
Back to the three scenarios;
- If we’re attacked again, it will be difficult for people to resist the temptation to want to kick whoever’s ass our government tells us is responsible.
- If we don’t question the assertion that Iran is trying to get nuclear weapons and that their intention is to destroy Israel, there is a real danger we could get duped into war with Iran.
- This is the toughest of all. Not coming to the aid of an ally would be unacceptable to most Americans, and rightly so. This is the one scenario that would lead to a war that most would consider necessary…maybe even me.
But if we want to prevent another ill-conceived military adventure, we have to get smarter. We have to be suspicious of what our government tells us. Conman is right; patriotism is questioning your government’s policies, not blind obedience.
Will it be different next time? Can it be?