Why The Neutralist? The term Isolationist implies a narrow Fortress America outlook and is used as an epithet. The term Neutralist does not indicate someone hiding out from the world. No one calls the Swiss isolationists. The Wilsonian world view is old, tired and wrong. Our interventions have been less and less successful and now the failure can no longer be covered up.
Friday, November 27, 2015
Thursday, November 19, 2015
So this is just to say, one does not need to hate the foreigner to not want them to be here. That there may be some wonderful folks among the refugees does not mean admitting them is all good. The undeniable fact is that if no immigrants had been allowed in France, there would have been no Paris bombing.
Of course, one does not need to hate another to not want to have them as neighbors. I don't hate people who listen to loud music at 3:00 a.m., but I don't want to live in the same apartment.
We have people in the West spouting about how the refugees are salt of the Earth and the terrorists are perverting the faith. One needs to look to history for what is reality.
When Thomas Jefferson asked the Ambassador of Tripoli in London, Sidi Haji Abdrahaman, by what right the Barbary states took our ships and enslaved sailors and demanded tribute the envoy replied,
The ambassador answered us that [the right] was founded on the Laws of the Prophet, that it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have answered their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as prisoners, and that every Mussulman who should be slain in battle was sure to go to Paradise.
Now this would have been mainstream Muslim theology back in the day. Why would it have changed? A religion that changes doctrine with the wind is not much of a belief system. The diplomat said it without trying to soften it. It was certainly believed in Tripoli, Cairo, Constantinople and kabul as well.
There is no reason to believe it is not the theology to day. There is no reason to belief your peacefull, professional neighbor, if honest would not say, "Well, yes, I do have a right to enslave you, but it is not in my interest at this point in time." If he does not say it, if asked, he is being cute.
If the above is true, both for the short and long term, separation is the best and most humane policy.
The Neutralist is open to correction. If someone can, without obfuscation, reasonably convince me that the Haji was wrong and an aberration back in the day, I am open to hear it.
I suspect I won't be putting a coexist bumper sticker on the car anytime soon.