I am critical of US policy to a point. History is necessary to know but, while understanding its message, it is important to live in its present.
However critical one might wax against the west one must make a value judgment for our time. Is the west sinless? Absolutely it is not. Is western democratic free thought and its separation between church state crafted over Renaissance centuries better than anything else the world has seen so far? Yes, it is!
The penchant to gain so called caliphate power by those who are said to pervert Islam with unconscionable violence MUST be stopped. There is no other way as their zest for compromise is nonexistent. Nearly overnight the bestial ISIS/ISIL seemed to form as the Middle East through George Bush's so called "preemptive war" destabilized an already unstable tinderbox region and now is descending into madness. Worse, some very unstable states have nukes.
As man is prone the Islamic Spring which seemed so hopeful at first quickly morphed into the most extreme chaos since the barbarity of WWII. It happened during the French Revolution, it happened after the Russian Revolution, and it happens after most revolutions where man wants to vie for immense power, wealth and change through revolutionary tactics and makes brutal war over it. Revolution's propaganda for those who want to perpetrate it is their tool.
It is the Orwellian law of revolution the brilliant George Orwell in his book "Animal Farm" instructs. Through his animal farm metaphor and the overthrow of Farmer Jones (a brutal and oppressive human) by the animals -- the pigs -- he creates their new world order with its rallying cry: "All animals are equal!" That mantra quickly devolves into "All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others." As stated in Wiki:
Years pass, and the pigs start to resemble humans, as they walk upright, carry whips, and wear clothes. The Seven Commandments are abridged to a single phrase: "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others". Napoleon (the leader of the Pigs) holds a dinner party for them and local farmers, with whom he celebrates a new alliance. He abolishes the practice of the revolutionary traditions and restores the name "The Manor Farm." As the animals look from pigs to humans, they realize they can no longer distinguish between the two.
The people, fodder of revolutions, ultimately get jackbooted to the side and/or killed as power solidifies itself through Robespierreian terror and tyranny. We cannot and we must not let this happen in our time yet again.
Indeed, I believe, with all our frailties this nation is the world's last best hope for civilized government no matter how many policy errors it makes. It is amazing what our Founders wrought and that it has lived as long as it has where change can be perfected by law that civilizes man and averts violence. Our Founding Documents are precious because they are a road map over time to peaceful change. I recognize even more their life sustaining importance when a threat to them is hovering over our world like the Angel of Death cloud and headed for our doorstep.
One must hope we with our allies are able to contain this latest Middle East menace for world domination taking humanity back to a new Dark Age with medieval tactics. No matter how much my compatriots on the left are critical of our nation they are in error to always think it wrong.
I paste a "Slate" article by William Saletan below to reflect the seriousness of our time and what we must do.