On the Return of History

Thursday, March 30, 2006
We could, if we wished, withdraw every soldier from every inch of soil that is not American territory and leave them here inside our borders rusting for a decade. War will still come because war is already upon us, and wars do not end in staged withdrawals, but in either defeat or victory. The lessons of Vietnam and the Cold War teach this to us if we have the eyes to see and the ears to hear.


David Thomson said...

This is particularly true regarding the war on terrorism. Our battle against the Islamic nihilists is primarily existential. The actual control of territory is of secondary importance. Even if we were to remove all of our soldiers from foreign lands---we would still have a lot of our civilians interacting with the “natives.” Our very presence would be enough to enrage those who categorically reject America’s values and envy its economic successes. Isolationism is not a viable option in today’s increasingly smaller McLuhan world.

chuck said...

Gerard van der Leun is becoming one of my favorite reads. I've added him to the blogroll, or at least I think I have.

terrye said...

I always did thaink that end of history stuff was tad over reaching.

Was it Trotsky or Lenin who said, you may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you.

Isolationism is a thing of the past. The world is getting smaller and smaller and more interwoven every day.

Knucklehead said...

That was a heck of a good article! We can't hide from history or the world. And even the vacations we try to take wind up costing a fortune we weren't prepared to spend.