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A new Libertarian position on ISIS

February 19, 2015 in Blogs

By Political Zach Foster

We’re now walking a fine line between the non-aggression principle and playing witness to murder. While the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria hasn’t attacked the United States homeland, neither were they ever libertarian-style freedom fighters simply trying to liberate Iraq from an occupying army. They themselves were a conquering and occupying army trying to form a new state!

While ISIS may not be an existential threat to the United States–they don’t have the power to destroy America–they certainly are an imminent threat. They just keep growing and conquering and planting new cells in countries around the world. Worse yet, they efficiently murder civilians at an industrial capacity not seen since the Yugoslav Wars.

I believe in blowback. I believe that the U.S. government’s actions abroad directly fanned the flames of Islamic terrorism worldwide. However, while not intervening in future conflicts will prevent future blowback, nonintervention does nothing to dissipate the blowback that already exists. So while the ISIS terrorist quasi-state may not an existential threat, they are an imminent threat and will one day directly attack Americans (and not in the Middle East).

I’ve seen what they do. I’ve read the numbers of the literally tens of thousands of civilians they’ve murdered, including women and children. I read the statistics of their murders and racketeering they boast about in their corporate-style Annual Report. One doesn’t need to buy into false flag propaganda to objectively match words with action, history with current events, to deduce that this terror group is here to stay until totally destroyed from the outside.

Libertarians too often hide behind the concept of nonintervention. Well, here’s the deal: no country or population ever hated the U.S. for saving people from being massacred. They hated the U.S. for sticking around after liberation and then dictating to the people how they would live, what type of government they’d have, and what corporations they’d do business with.

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