The Bear, The Dragon, The Fox, and The Lamb
The recent and respected attention of United States Foreign Policy has been on Syria and their Civil War. By many accounts this has been an ongoing conflict since March of 2011. This time frame should be familiar – it happens to coincide with the great Middle Eastern Arab Spring. The conclusions of which are a little left to be desired based on the state of both Egypt and Libya. This further proves that western-style governments are not suited for their lifestyle. Iraq is a pseudo-stable country, in Middle Eastern terms, but for it not the prolific American influence (at great American costs) it would have fallen to a similar fate – as it may still. It is a modest observation that the Western proselytization of republics/democracies abroad do little other than reduce the inner convictions of the native countries. There innumerable internal problems within the United States (and certainly some western European nations) that a strong and proactive international presence seems very vain. It is the classic adage “Do as I say, not as I do”; which those who understand leadership know has little if zero value in its merits and trust. The true merits of consensual governments (republic / democracies) require the values of liberty and freedom to be forged in the fire of both sword and the pen. Without this strength hardening of the mind and soul – the experiment of representative government is left ductile.
It does seem that there are alliances building up on both sides of the Syrian Civil War fallout. CNN recently highlighted this alliance in an article last Thursday. The matter almost seems a work of fiction. A harken back to a Tom Clancy novel from 2000, titled The Bear and the Dragon. In this story China (Dragon) prompts war with Russia (Bear) in the desperate attempt at economic salvation. This ultimately brings the United States in at the defense of Russia no less. Filtering this fictional plot for the non-fictional situation with Syria – it is clear there are two more animal caricatures that should be embellished. The religious support that Bashar al-Assad is getting from the Iranian leadership is undeniable; to pull from the CNN article “Iran is the world’s most populous Shiite Muslim nation. The Syrian government is dominated by Alawites, a Shiite offshoot, and the rebels are dominated by Sunnis”. In the internal struggle for Islamic supremacy – the Shiites are in opposition to the Sunnis. This sly Islamic chess game would appropriately label Iran as the Fox.
Here enters the final protagonist, the world’s police force. The United States of America has dominated the world stage since the end of World War Two in 1946. Immediately thereafter The Cold War started and two world philosophies emerged in opposition to each other. The Cold War can very vainly be classified as a real-risk game of Risk. This turn-based reality played out until the late 1980s with the Soviet Union collapsing under the weight of the collective fallacy of Utopia via-central planning. Within that time however, several “conflicts” arose to contain the spread of global communism – the pinnacle of those being the Vietnam War. The post-Cold War world offers a very distinct difference, a difference that is a matter of perception. In the past, the United States was a manufacturing powerhouse and an economic engine that was operating fully within the power band – we were making some serious horsepower.
The movement over the past one hundred years or so has not been of an American refinement of an American decline. The evidence of this is clear, the United States as a nation has a national debt totaling – $16,741,616,658,068.78 according to the U.S. National Debt Clock @ 31 Aug 1213 GMT. The erosion of merits of what America stood for can be attributed to a loss of our nation’s principles. We were once a nation that valued hard work – toil with your hands – no job too small. Because if we all move in lock step, we all get better. Our nation was a country founded on individual liberty and the theory of equal opportunity. Today, the main intent of government and “society” is to achieve equality of outcome through egalitarianism. Egalitarianism requires a strong central government, but not of the representative government we believe exists, consisting of a bureaucracy that pursues its own self-interest. This bureaucracy is not accountable through elections and mainly exists within the Executive Branch. Various Presidents are elected with different party affiliations and ideologies but the core of the bureaucracy stays the same. This is why nothing changes with elections – the greater the power of the central government the less elections change anything. This strong central government is a form of Statism – a central governing of citizen’s lives. This by its very nature hollows out the worth of the individual and replaces it with the needs of the State and society. The USA had clout and a very big stick.
The projection of America today is one of an empty suit, a toothless tiger. The Statist in America have to constantly project their power in the world to secure our image of the glory days. The situation with Syria and the discussion of American intervention is the most recent example. Our weak showing of force through a “limited and narrow” act is worth a face palm at the very least. The American public – only 31% favor additional military help if Syrian chemical weapon attack are true – which they seem to be. 31% is not a majority and is not enough for a Congressional declaration – if there was an honest pursuit of one by our elected officials. But in the world of bureaucratic self-interest 31% is just enough to not cause of revolt due to the apathy and passivity of the America people today – especially since the NFL is about to start and the MLB is about in the playoffs – c’mon, priorities. Perhaps a clear contrast between the interests in despotic governments and free governments can be made by a quote from Ayn Rand, “Statism needs war; a free country does not. Statism survives by looting; a free country survives by producing.”. Mark Steyn also lays out a great case for the weak stomach that Western governments have with Middle East “intervention” today in a National Review Online article yesterday. In this modern day Tom Clancy fiction, Modern America is the Lamb. The Bear, The Dragon, and The Fox are set against the Lamb’s projecting our influence falsely in the region. What is the difference between America during the Cold War and America today?
So ask yourself this question about America – are we producing or are we looting?