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Founders:Non-Interventionism is the key to Peace and Prosperity

April 26, 2009

“Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none.”

-President Thomas Jefferson

By Daniel Quintero 11/30/08

Every human society desires peace. Since the dawn of man, religious leaders, philosophers, and beauty pageant contestants have all searched for the absolute good of our existence, and the pursuit of universal peace.

One group of people came close to finding the ultimate philosophy of peace; they initiated a philosophy that if followed correctly would be the greatest catalyst towards world peace that the world has ever known. This group was the Founding Fathers, and their bold and great idea was non-interventionism.

The United States was founded on the belief of non-interventionism. George Washington stated in his Farewell Address that America should avoid holding special ties with other countries. Thomas Jefferson echoed that same sentiment during his Inaugural Address when he said “peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none.”

The Founding Fathers believed that peace can only be maintained when the United States did not engage in a strong relationship with other countries, for this strong relationship can propel the U.S. to fight in wars that are not related to our direct security.

Sadly, America in the last 20th Century has failed to listen to the words of our great philosophers of peace.

Since World War 2, the United States has been in many different quagmires throughout the world. From our occupation in the Korean Peninsula, to the current invasion of Iraq, all of these engagements were done because the United States felt it had a right to intervene. Yet with all these engagements, Blowback has emerged.

The CIA describes Blowback as the unintended consequences of our foreign involvements. For every action produces an effect on other people. Sometimes this effect can be good, but many times it is bad. One such example is the Iranian Hostage Crisis, in which 52 U.S. Diplomats were held hostage at the U.S. Embassy in Iran. The direct precursor to this was the United State’s involvement in Iranian Politics.

First, we installed a Sha, a brutal dictator who was complicit in murdering thousands of Iranian civilians.

In doing so, we overthrew their democratically elected leader. Imagine if another foreign country removed our President and installed one that would serve their interest, wouldn’t you be infuriated?

Numerous other events, from Saddam Hussein’s rise to power, to the reason Bin Laden hates America, can be explained best by looking at the role the United States has played in foreign areas. According to a report by the Independent Review, the number one reason Osama Bin Laden hates America is because of his belief that we have been exploiting Muslim areas and people.

The policy of interventionism has been extremely damaging to our role as a nation of peace.

America is not perfect; we continue to suffer from great bouts of injustice as we strive to perfect the creed that America was founded upon.

Let us not attempt to engage in spreading democracy and nation building if we here cannot yet claim to be the best democracy or the best nation on this planet.

Let us continue to promote friendship with other countries, not in the pursuit of military efficiency, but because we share a common interest, peace.

Non-interventionism is not an isolation of America, but rather an opening for true justice.

Non-interventioism does not hinder our ability to attack or defend against threats to our security, it only strengthens our ability to gauge true threats, and improve our economic ties with nations.

Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives can all appreciate the great benefit of a non-interventionist foreign policy, for it is a policy of true harmony.

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