One thing that has kept me thinking over the last 50 years has been all "what ifs?".
What if we let Berlin go?
What if we stayed away from Korea?
What if we stayed away from Nam?
What if we blinked in Cuba?
What if we stayed away from Iraq? Afghanistan after 9/11?
These were places away from our doorsteps ('cept for Cuba) right? What would the map be like today had we stayed away? What would America be today? Will we be safer? Will we have Commie Russia, China and the Muslims as friends today instead of enemies then and now?
Will they have junked and dismantled their nukes because we let them be? Will they stop sending suicide bombers and instead tolerate our being decadent "infidels"? Will we still have affordable gas today? Will they have kept us alone with our way of life and our freedom. Will they have pledged to be fair and honest with us in trade, mutual respect in ideology and culture?
Most of all, will it have ensured our peace?
Hell, I never doubted nor regretted all that we've done because it was our duty to keep the country safe. For one thing, from having nukes in our doorsteps, having oil to keep our industry churning, or to prevent those who hate and/or envy our way of life to gain strength to overwhelm us.
It's sad that many still don't understand or may have forgotten that wars today are not "conventional" anymore. I just hope they ask themselves "what if?" Maybe it's about time they do and make their own conclusions. Such is the naivete of anti-war advocates.
Last edited by murdoch; 06-19-2012 at 08:32 AM.