Here’s something the pro-war, any war crowd doesn’t want to face up to: The Empire is an enemy of both American security and American freedom. Regarding the recent failed attempt to blow up a plane over Detroit, Jacob Hornberger writes:
No one can deny that if the guy on that international flight to Detroit had succeeded in blowing up the plane, the Big Government advocates would be using that as an argument for having the federal government crack down even more on civil liberties.
And isn’t it interesting that the massive post-9/11 crackdown on civil liberties didn’t prevent the guy from apparently almost bringing down the plane.
(Which didn’t stop the TSA from dreaming up even more draconian regulations for air travelers!)
Hornberger goes on to discuss how the “flypaper” theory underlying the War on Terror remains a dismal failure:
Not surprisingly, the pro-empire crowd is using the incident to show why it is more urgent than ever to continue the brutal occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan and to expand killing the “bad guys” to Pakistan, Yemen, and who knows where else. The idea is that the government needs to keep killing those “bad guys” over there before they come here and kill us.
But as I’ve pointed out for years, the U.S. Empire has become the world’s biggest terrorist-producing machine. The more people it kills over there, the more the ranks of those who wish to retaliate against Americans are swelled.
In other words, the pro-empire advocates say, “We’re over there to kill them before they come over here and kill us.” But what’s actually happening is this: They’re coming over here to kill us because the Empire is over there killing them.
Very valid points. But Horberger (a left-libertarian) then adds this:
Even the anti-immigrant crowd is left empty-handed. It turns out that the guy apparently was entering the country legally, confirming what I’ve been saying ever since 9/11: That if people really want to keep out terrorists, they’ve got to put a total ban on foreign tourism to the United States. They’ve got to hermetically seal the United States, just like North Korea does.
But that’s not the whole story. In fact, uncontrolled immigration is clearly a major reason Islamic terrorism is a growing problem here.
First there’s the militancy of Islam itself. As Samuel Huntington wrote in his classic, “The Clash of Civilizations”:
… the relations between Muslims and peoples of other civilizations — Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox, Hindu, Chinese, Buddhist, Jewish — have been generally antagonistic; most of these relations have been violent at some point in the past; many have been violent in the 1990s. Wherever one looks along the perimeter of Islam, Muslims have problems living peaceably with their neighbors. Muslims make up about one-fifth of the world’s population but in the 19990s they have been far more involved in intergroup violence than the people of any other civilization. p. 256.
While Islamic immigration in America hasn’t (yet!) created regions sufficiently populous to wage open war, it has made domestic terror more than just a threat. The 9/11 terrorists were able to blend in and prepare for their attacks because they had Islamic colonies within the United States to blend into. And non-Islamic immigration assisted their efforts — two of the terrorists received material aid from illegal Latino immigrants who knew how to counterfeit the necessary documents to hide here until they were ready to spring their plot.
More significantly, DC’s imperial agenda is what placed America on the path to becoming a multi-cultural empire to begin with. To counter the Soviet Union’s post-World-War-II appeal as a universal, anti-colonial force, the United States government began reconstructing itself into a multi-cultural empire in the 1950s, and instituted its Open Borders policy in the 1960s. The idea was to make the US more multi-cultural and universal than the Soviet Union.
Empire and Open Borders are two sides of the same coin. Both are the enemies of peace and freedom.