Pat Buchanan Asks "Are America's Wars 'Just And Moral'?"

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“One knowledgeable official estimates that the CIA-backed fighters may have killed or wounded 100,000 Syrian soldiers and their allies,” writes columnist David Ignatius.

Given that Syria’s prewar population was not 10 percent of ours, this is the equivalent of a million dead and wounded Americans. What justifies America’s participation in this slaughter?

Columnist Eric Margolis summarizes the successes of the six-year civil war to overthrow President Bashar Assad.

“The result of the western-engendered carnage in Syria was horrendous: at least 475,000 dead, 5 million Syrian refugees driven into exile in neighboring states (Turkey alone hosts three million), and another 6 million internally displaced. … 11 million Syrians … driven from their homes into wretched living conditions and near famine.


“Two of Syria’s greatest and oldest cities, Damascus and Aleppo, have been pounded into ruins. Jihadist massacres and Russian and American air strikes have ravaged once beautiful, relatively prosperous Syria. Its ancient Christian peoples are fleeing for their lives before US and Saudi takfiri religious fanatics.”

Realizing the futility of U.S. policy, President Trump is cutting aid to the rebels. And the War Party is beside itself. Says The Wall Street Journal:

“The only way to reach an acceptable diplomatic solution is if Iran and Russia feel they are paying too high a price for their Syria sojourn. This means more support for Mr. Assad’s enemies, not cutting them off without notice. And it means building up a Middle East coalition willing to fight Islamic State and resist Iran. The U.S. should also consider enforcing ‘safe zones’ in Syria for anti-Assad forces.”

Yet, fighting ISIS and al-Qaida in Syria, while bleeding the Assad-Iran-Russia-Hezbollah victors, is a formula for endless war and unending terrors visited upon the Syrian people.

What injury did the Assad regime, in power for half a century and having never attacked us, inflict to justify what we have helped to do to that country?

Is this war moral by our own standards?

We overthrew Saddam Hussein in 2003 and Moammar Gadhafi in 2012. Yet, the fighting, killing and dying in both countries have not ceased. Estimates of the Iraq civilian and military dead run into the hundreds of thousands.

Still, the worst humanitarian disaster may be unfolding in Yemen.

After the Houthis overthrew the Saudi-backed regime and took over the country, the Saudis in 2015 persuaded the United States to support its air strikes, invasion and blockade.

By January 2016, the U.N. estimated a Yemeni civilian death toll of 10,000, with 40,000 wounded. However, the blockade of Yemen, which imports 90 percent of its food, has caused a crisis of malnutrition and impending famine that threatens millions of the poorest people in the Arab world with starvation.

No matter how objectionable we found these dictators, what vital interests of ours were so imperiled by the continued rule of Saddam, Assad, Gadhafi and the Houthis that they would justify what we have done to the peoples of those countries?

“They make a desert and call it peace,” Calgacus said of the Romans he fought in the first century. Will that be our epitaph?

Among the principles for a just war, it must be waged as a last resort, to address a wrong suffered, and by a legitimate authority. Deaths of civilians are justified only if they are unavoidable victims of a deliberate attack on a military target.

The wars in Syria, Libya and Yemen were never authorized by Congress. The civilian dead, wounded and uprooted in Syria, and the malnourished millions in Yemen, represent a moral cost that seems far beyond any proportional moral gain from those conflicts.

In which of the countries we have attacked or invaded in this century — Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen — are the people better off than they were before we came?

And we wonder why they hate us.

“Those to whom evil is done/Do evil in return,” wrote W. H. Auden in “September 1, 1939.” As the peoples of Syria and the other broken and bleeding countries of the Middle East flee to Europe and America, will not some come with revenge on their minds and hatred in their hearts?

Meanwhile, as the Americans bomb across the Middle East, China rises. She began the century with a GDP smaller than Italy’s and now has an economy that rivals our own.

She has become the world’s first manufacturing power, laid claim to the islands of the East and South China seas, and told America to keep her warships out of the Taiwan Strait.

Xi Jinping has launched a “One Belt, One Road” policy to finance trade ports and depots alongside the military and naval bases being established in Central and South Asia.

Meanwhile, the Americans, $20 trillion in debt, running $800 billion trade deficits, unable to fix their health care system, reform their tax code, or fund an infrastructure program, prepare to fight new Middle East war.

Whom the Gods would destroy…


SafelyGraze Tue, 07/25/2017 - 22:17 Permalink

Stop listening to the bombastic loudmouths on the radio and television and the Internet.To hell with them!They don't want anything done for the public good. Our incapacity is their livelihood.Let's trust each other.Let's return to regular order. 

Eyes Opened GUS100CORRINA Wed, 07/26/2017 - 03:40 Permalink

Bullshit...u mean a person cannot live a Moral life & be Just in their dealings with others unless they prostrate themselves before (insert chosen deity) ??Its the ones who use & abuse "religion" to achieve their own ends that are immoral & unjust.One doesn't NEED a "book" to know the difference between right & wrong....I have NO problem with those who choose to follow a faith as long as it does not impinge on my life. So, do NOT go quoting scripture to me.My "religion" ??LIVE & LET LIVE.

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micksavage2010 GUS100CORRINA Wed, 07/26/2017 - 11:50 Permalink

let me guess which book ur referring to u wacko: the dictionary, movie guide for 2017, chilton's auto repair manual for 1970 chevy, place name of arizona, modern standard arabic, all about the flying spaghetti monster, or my pet goat - i could continue but i'm sure anyone but u can get the point. ur BOOK has been and is the cause of more death and misery than i could create as a horror fiction author. and what outlandish stories and moral tales it contains.

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Give Me Some Truth order66 Wed, 07/26/2017 - 06:00 Permalink

So Pat is "pandering" to an audience that thinks these wars are unjust and immoral. Counterproductive to boot. Not declared - thus illegal - as well. Unaffordable too (if this even matters).I guess he could be pandering to the audience who thinks these wars are great and necessary and have accomplished wonderful things. I'd argue that we have enough of those people though. Don't you think SOMEONE needs to challenge such people?

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Radical Marijuana LetThemEatRand Tue, 07/25/2017 - 22:53 Permalink

Making the World Safe for Banksters: Syria in the Cross-hairsThe international banksters of "finance capital" operated through methods of organized crime, to legalize the frauds of private banks making "money" out of nothing, as debts, which was NOT "capitalism," nor even any adjectives that modified that word of "capitalism!" It is a fascist plutocracy conspiracy, where the primary source of the wealth of the plutocrats is the ability to make money out of nothing as debts, while the governments force everyone else to agree. THE FINAL CONSEQUENCES ARE FAR, FAR WORSE!!! All Wars Are Bankers’ Wars

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wisehiney Tue, 07/25/2017 - 22:28 Permalink

Bomb a bunch of poor twenty year old stiff dicks and then show them all of that nice pussy on the streets and on TV.None of which they can have.Until they kill kill kill and then get to go to their 69 virgins.No fucking wonder.

Stinkworx Tue, 07/25/2017 - 22:30 Permalink

I know nothing of Buchanan but, at the very least, he is calling these murderous illegal wars out for what they are. America will eventually pay for all of this carnage. The sad part will be the people who will pay will be the normal guy in the street who had no say in stopping it in the 1st place.

Give Me Some Truth zen0 Wed, 07/26/2017 - 06:07 Permalink

Yep. "The normal guy in the street" has been brainwashed. He - and she - thinks these wars are being waged to "protect our freedoms."I sometimes ask these people - what "freedoms" of ours are the Syrians stealing? The Iraquis? Afghans?To make it even simpler for them, I ask: "You know, if we had never gone to war in Afghanistan or Iraq (or now Syria and Yemen) would you no longer have the 'freedom of speech.' or the 'freedom of religion?'And where in our Constitution did it say our government was created to "spread democracy to far away lands?" 

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rejected Tue, 07/25/2017 - 22:32 Permalink

Are Americas wars 'just and moral'?What a stupid question!  Absofuckinglutely!And we and our children 'we love soooo much' will pay a supreme price. Lunatics, 99% of the nation.

meditate_vigorously (not verified) Tue, 07/25/2017 - 22:43 Permalink

" Deaths of civilians are justified only if they are unavoidable victims of a deliberate attack on a military target."

No, Buchanan, you cuck. The GOAL of war is to kill civilians. The purpose of the military is to keep the enemy from doing that. Any other definition of war is barbaric for the evils it disguises. It is rather tempting to enter a war under Buchancan's definition, though it has no basis in the reality of human history or human behavior. War should be avoided, because it IS brutal. Trying to dress it up in morality is a great evil.

historian40 meditate_vigorously (not verified) Tue, 07/25/2017 - 23:16 Permalink

It is under "modern warfare" that civilians have become a target.  Unless you're a barbarian.  There have been rules of war between "civilized" nations.The goal of war is to defeat the enemy, not to lay waste to populations.  It's actually detrimental to your cause if your goal is simply to kill a bunch of people, because it only draws more into armed conflict against you out of an otherwise uninvolved people.

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cherry picker Tue, 07/25/2017 - 22:46 Permalink

I wonder how a pilot feels after finding out his bombs killed a bunch of kids?  Does he ever wonder what he would feel if it were his children?Does the average soldier even know why they are fighting over there or are they just following orders?I don't see anything representing defending America, do you?Why is USA supporting Al Queda, the so called perpetrator of 9-11?No wonder vets are screwed up when they return.I wouldn't be surprised one day a bunch of vets got together to put a stop to this shit.

Reaper Tue, 07/25/2017 - 22:55 Permalink

Just and moral are relative terms. Death and choosing to kill aren't relative. Which God or political dogma decides for you? Why has your god or political dogma chosen you to kill? Are you sure? Will your god or historical destiny accept a Nuremberg defense? The essence of homo sapien (wise man) is the ability to think and chose.

Just and moral makes you responsible for your choice.