War is the problem, not the solution – Bruce Fein

All empires disbelieve that war is the problem, not the solution to their problems.

They pay a ruinous price for that disbelief.

President Obama has thus been absurdly criticized by ultra-neocons for insufficient avidity for military action in places completely irrelevant to the national security: Iraq, Syria and Ukraine. If anything, Mr. Obama has been too eager to fight over these irrelevancies rather than too cautious.

He has been assailed for refusing to supply weapons or other military support to alleged “secular moderate rebels” fighting Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in 2011-12. But moderate secular rebels in the Middle East are as mythological as unicorns. They are invented as predictably as the butterflies at Capistrano to justify ubiquitous warfare.

We supported professed secular moderates in Iraq, and we got Shiite oppression of Sunnis and a failed state. We supported moderate secular rebels in Libya, and we got sectarian and tribal anarchy. Indeed, Islam and secularism are antonyms. Islam does not recognize any separation of church and state. There is nothing in the Holy Koran that corresponds to the injunction of Jesus: “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”

Moreover, secularism in the Middle East solves nothing. Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was a secularist, and we initiated war against him twice over Kuwait and imagined weapons of mass destruction. Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi was a secularist, and we initiated war against him in 2011.

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