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Posted: June 9, 2009 6:15 p.m.
Updated: June 10, 2009 4:30 a.m.
 
Like all commentary on any position, it’s easy to feel you’ve proven your point when the only points you make are the positive aspects of your position.

I would agree with Gary Horton (“Just move along folks,” Opinion, June 3) that great educations and health care for all could possibly solve a lot of problems.

And the economy certainly does seem to be turning a corner. But here’s the rub.

Countries like Finland, with their 60-percent income tax rate and all of the money going toward social welfare programs, have no national defense.

The United States, with a good portion of its budget going for defense (at least it did until our current administration) has pretty much devoted that military machine to trying to wipe out evil in the world.

I don’t remember too many wars in the past century that weren’t waged for the purpose of trying to save good people from being annihilated by evil people.

So the question is simply, “Would there be more, the same or less evil in the world if the United States no longer had the power or the will to confront and defeat evil?” (I can’t take credit for this — it was the subject of a recent segment of the Dennis Prager radio program.)

Now, don’t start railing at me about the ill-conceived wars we’ve waged recently.

A couple of them have had good intentions but not enough heart.

We botch wars because we don’t have the stomach to do what needs to be done to get it over with quickly.  

Most historians believe that the nuclear bombs used to end WWII saved millions more lives than they took.

Can you imagine the political fallout if such an action were taken in today’s politically correct climate? Oh, my.

I would simply like to remind my fellow liberal Jews that Hitler’s plan was to wipe out the entire Jewish population of the world. Documents were found that included plans for the Jews of the United States.

And along those same lines, there are many of us who believe that the current crop of radical Islamists don’t hate us because we’re meddling in their countries.

They hate us because we’re not Islamic and they want a world ruled by Sharia Law.

The scary thought for me is this: Consequences don’t happen overnight.

If our country does continue along the socialist path on which we seem to be embarking, and our military might and national will continue to erode, will we be able to connect the dots in the coming years?

When our own freedom and our own lives are threatened and there’s no one left to help us because we chose not to help other countries ... will we look back and say it all started to fall apart during the Obama administration?  

Or, for that matter, what’s the point?

If we don’t see where we’re headed now, what difference will it make when it’s too late to save ourselves?


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