Below is a very powerful video ad by the Revolution PAC regarding our current foreign policy of the War on Terror, nation building and spreading democracy at the point of a gun. It tries to get us, Americans who really don’t think too deeply about these issues save for what they hear on Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, et. al., to think about U.S. foreign policy from the perspective of the people for whom we’re trying to ‘help.’
Some of you might watch this and automatically shut this off because it doesn’t toe the party line of “America First” and American Exceptionalism. You see, for some, you’re not a patriot unless you are for the War on Terror and spreading American democracy abroad. Let’s just ignore the fact that not only are American servicemen are dying defending a nation that is not their own (and is a gross misuse of our military), but innocent Iraqis and Afghanis are dying from our bombing raids and military excursions into their land. If you claim to be for this, then I would challenge you to re-think your position. It is not un-patriotic to want the American military to defend our nation and borders. It is not un-American to think of American Exceptionalism being based on our ideals and values as opposed to our military might. It is not un-loving to not want to indiscriminately kill innocent Iraqis and Afghanis and hide behind the rhetoric of “collateral damage.”
Please lay aside your prejudices and watch this 3:11 video. Try to honestly imagine how you might feel if a foreign nation occupied American territory and did to us what we are doing to countless millions around the globe. It is time to put to bed the notion of a Pax Americana. We are an exceptional nation! We are a great people! But it is not through bullying others to be like us, but through our influence and example on the world stage.
Jesus said “Blessed are the peacemakers” (Matthew 5:9). He then went on to teach that “Whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets” (Matthew 7:12). The essence of biblical morality is to do unto others as we would have them do unto us — i.e., The Golden Rule. Should that not also apply to our foreign policy?