Saluting with misty eyes
Noah, let me ask you a question:
Why do you think we fight? I know this is going to sound confrontational, and I hope you know I truly don't mean it to; however, I see you asking all these questions about why this, and how did that, and telling us why you think we are wrong when we answer, yet I never see you answer your own questions.
To answer your question, the Marines used to have a catch phrase that was "Nobody likes to fight, but somebody has to know how." Another phrase that has been used endlessly throughout the years is: "Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." Yet another is "Bring me your... huddled masses yearning to be free." If you put these phrases together, and look at the situation in Iraq just 3 short years ago, then you will understand why I believe we fight.
Do go a bit deeper than handing you a fistfull of one-liners:
This country was founded 230 years ago on the premise that all men were created equal. Since that warm Summer day in Philadelphia, those words have been changed to mean all PEOPLE are created equal, and have the right to pursue a life of freedom and happiness in this country... provided they get here. On the occasion that they cannot get here, and they have been denied these rights as we enjoy them, we have gone to them to provide it.
This is not a new occurrance, either, my friend. American servicemen have been deployed even in the 1800's to defend others' liberty and freedoms; however, let's stick with the relatively modern history... the 20th century and beyond.
Military personnel were deployed to Nicaragua, China, Haiti, Europe, Korea, Lebanon, The Carribean, Serbia, Somalia, and the Persian Gulf prior to this little jaunt... and ALL of them were protect the lliberties of non-Americans. After WWIm the world decided that it was going to have itself a League of Nations, which the US (after setting it up) decided not to take part in. After WWII, came the United Nations. The United States decided that it ws to be involved in this organizatrion, and to provide it with the teeth it required to attempt its members and other to behave themselves. In every instance the United Nations (including the Americans.. there has never been a strictly American War since the UN started) sent in troops to protect the peace, and to help keep people free, or to free them from tyranny.
To bring this little history lesson into the present:
In Iraq circa 2003, Saddam Hussein tortured, killed, used chemical weapons on, starved, and made sure his people were kept in their place and poor while he got rich and fat. There was all this quibbling going on about the WMD, and I couldn't care less about that, to be honest. I did feel that he had them, yet I never thought he would use them. I was concerned, however, about the way the people were being treated. We sit over here, beat our chests, and brag about how great we are, and how we are free, and yadda-yadda-who-cares. If a man is rich, yet won't help his neighbors, then what kind of a man is he? Same goes with the richest nation on earth... if we are so powerful that we cannot help those who have no one to help them, and who cannot help themselves, then we are exactly like that rich man.
Plain and simple (and long-windedly) Noah, we fight because someone has to... and the world (no matter what they say publicly) looks to us to do so.
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