Ron Paul on Invading Nazi Germany: "I wouldn't risk American lives to do that"January 4, 2012
BigGovernment.com reports on an exchange with Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul in 2009, in which Paul is asked whether he would have ordered an invasion of Nazi Germany on moral grounds, even if he knew that the Third Reich was not a threat to American national security. Paul replies: "No, I wouldn't. I wouldn't risk American lives to do that. If someone wants to do that on their own because they want to do that, well, that's fine, but I wouldn't do that."
Perhaps the question isn't a fair one. The U.S. was drawn into World War II after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor -- and Hitler's subsequent declaration of war four days later. Over the course of four days, the United States found itself in a two-front war that spanned the globe in scope.
As such, the question posed Paul is hypothetical. It's also worthy of thought.
How, as a matter of degree, does the Holocaust compare to other large-scale atrocities since -- especially those in which the United States did NOT intervene? And is it a moral requirement that the U.S. involve itself in any genocide.
If this moral requirement exists, where was the United States, just in the last 100 years, as mass-killings, abuses, and human rights violations gripped China (Mao Ze-Dong), the U.S.S.R. (Stalin), Cambodia (Pol Pot), Rwanda (Kambanda), North Korea (Il Sung), and Ethiopia (Menghistu) -- to name but a few examples? If a moral requirement determines the righteousness (or necessity) of war, how many conflicts did the U.S. fail to engage? Is the U.S. even then in part responsible, due to inaction, for the human atrocities that have occurred throughout the world since it rose to be a military super-power?
Adolf Hitler's Holocaust is one of the lasting legacies of horror, a painful memory that defines for many Americans what the fight of World War II was against. The Holocaust was not, however, the driver for U.S. entry into the war. Should it have been? This is an open question, albeit a sensitive one -- a question that can be discussed and debated forever (and will be). Whether one agrees with Ron Paul's viewpoint or finds it disastrous, the question is a reasonable one -- with more than one reasonable answer.
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