Left Wing Peaceniks Have Evolved Into Militant Warmongers

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One of the most interesting aspects of the post-Cold War period
is the transformation of the San Francisco Democrat types from pacifists
to militant warmongers in the area of foreign policy. Today in a
class of mine, the year old Kosovo intervention was discussed and
debated. And lo and behold the same 25 kids that daily denounce
my “insensitivity,” “mean-spiritedness” and “intolerance” whined
that we “didn’t hit the Serbs hard enough.”

I
pointed out to these kids that NATO bombs killed an estimated 15,000
innocent Serbs and left Yugoslavia more destabilized than when we
came in. I also pointed out the little factoid about Bill Clinton’s
cruel policy of keeping economic sanctions on the Serbian people
unless their dying, starving, elderly and young overthrow Slobodan
Milosovec.

Oh, and of course the more inconvenient facts that after all the
talk of “genocide,” “ethnic cleansing,” and a “New Hitler,” the
hysteriacs on the left only have slightly over 2,000 dead Kosovars
to show from Serb atrocities. Tragedy? Yes. Holocaust? No. I also
asked why the media, which foamed at the mouth to bring destruction
on Serbia, has been so silent since the bombs stopped falling? Then
there is that good stuff about pushing relations with Russia back
to Cold War levels and accidentally dropping a bomb on a Chinese
embassy, but we won’t delve into that.

The truth is that intervention in Kosovo was a waste of time and
another pathetic attempt of nation building by Bill Clinton. Under
Bill Clinton we have seen: The loss of American soldiers in the
Somalia debacle. Intervention in Bosnia. Intervention in Iraq. Intervention
in Kosovo. A planned invasion of Haiti which was skirted at the
last minute, and a pharmaceutical factory in Sudan blown up to divert
attention from news of Clinton getting Lewinsky’ed. What has any
of it accomplished? Absolutely nothing, unless of course you count
the deaths of tons of innocent people as progress.

Not long ago the left would have been sympathetic my analysis. But
times have changed. The left has joined up with the Weekly Standard
wing of the Republican Party(those who miss the good old days
of the cold war) and have decided to endorse intervention just about
anywhere for any reason. But while the Weekly Standard’s
goal is “benevolent global hegemony,” the left endorses imperialism
and murder in the name of “humanitarianism.” The motives of the
left are always pure and righteous. After all, this isn’t about
an irrational fear of Communism or the shedding of blood for oil
or for evil transnational corporations; this is about preserving
“human rights” and “social justice.”

We have a big problem when a large segment of Americans think foreign
policy should revolve around some utopian dream of nation building
and “humanitarianism.” I for one don’t see anything “humanitarian”
about dropping bombs on innocent civilians, but of course the left
in all their purity dismiss such silly talk. Most Americans still
believe that we shouldn’t send young men and women to fight and
die in a war unless a compelling national interest is at stake.
But such crazy ideas are now roundly dismissed as “isolationist”
from people who want to “withdraw” from the world.

The
term “isolationist” is now part of the collection of political boogie
man words like “anti-Semitic,” “homophobic,” or “xenophobic.” Wanting
to stay out of wars that are none of our business is not just wrong
according to the war coalition; it is irrational and plain evil.
The obvious goal of the “isolationists” is to see a “New Hitler”
arise to persecute the masses overseas while we just point and laugh.
“Isolationism” also leads right to a “New Munich” where the “New
Hitler” will overrun countless territories and eventually threaten
the United States. That is quite interesting considering the latest
Hitler, Slobodan Milosovec can barely keep his own country together.

The “New Hitler” hysteria is a favorite tactic of the left since
Hitler is still an obsession for left wing militants even though
he and his Nazi party have been dead for over 50 years. Communism,
which is still around today, continues to inflict death and suffering
on its people. However, the Compassion Czars on the left fail to
direct much outrage over the evils of Communism. And while reflecting
on Hitler’s atrocities directed towards the Jewish people is still
a daily ritual of the left, “Uncle Joe” Stalin who murdered many
more than Hitler, is pretty much forgotten and forgiven.

The
left should stick to making themselves look like morons protesting
the IMF and World Bank instead of trying to pass themselves off
as foreign policy strategists. The loopy ideas that they and their
imperialist allies like Bill Kristol hold are dangerous and will
only lead to more instability. It won’t be until we are bogged down
in some remote country loosing countless American lives in the name
of “gender rights” or “ending hate” that the left will trade back
their machine guns for their tie-dye shirts and lava lamps. And
then it will be too late.

April
22, 2000

Bill
Barnwell

is a freelance journalist and co-creator of www.thepotatoe.com

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