The Will to Fight
Having overwhelming military force on your side, and letting your enemies know you have the guts to use it, is being genuinely antiwar. British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's appeasement brought on World War II and Ronald Reagan's military buildup ended the Cold War.Of course, the post-modern anti-American propaganda taught in our universities, during four of the most formative years of our children’s intellectual development, has created a demoralized population that lacks the confidence in our core values and undercuts the certainty that our nation is worthy of support in times of war. It is more felt than thought. But the telltale signs are the absurd condemnations of our lack of perfection in the face of the whitewash of the most savage and barbaric acts of others.
The famous Roman peace of ancient times did not come from negotiations, cease-fires or pretty talk. It came from the Roman Empire's crushing defeat and annihilation of Carthage, which served as a warning to anyone else who might have had any bright ideas about messing with Rome.
How can a generation be expected to fight for the survival of a culture or a civilization that has been trashed in its own institutions, taught to tolerate even the intolerance of other cultures brought into its own midst, and conditioned to regard any instinct to fight for its own survival as being a "cowboy"?
Sowell is one of today’s best writers exposing the double standards and hypocrisy of those who loathe our nation and hate the core values that underwrite our achievements in the face of what is unquestionably worse: socialism, theocracy, oriental despots, self-imposed poverty, and the primitive savagery that still grips many parts of the world.