September 20, 2008

Who are the peacemakers?

Europeans, Asians, and others are increasingly interested in our Unites States' elections. Many have made the claim that people all over the world should have the right to vote in our presidential elections because the outcome impacts them so greatly. I have discussed why the U.S. must maintain the exclusivity of its elections before.

This continuing discussion has caused me to notice another common characteristic among those who argue that outside people should be involved in our elections—a strongly Liberal or pacifistic view of foreign policy and international affairs. I believe that this is a reflection of the bias in the media these Europeans and Asians are subjected to. We have enough of this bias in our own media, but I think it is more prevalent with fewer dissenting voices outside of our nation's airwaves.

I have heard many foreign nationals accuse our leaders of being "warmongers" or of being "pro-war." I don't believe that any of our leaders throughout our nation's history have been pro-war. And the most recent accusations against John McCain are ridiculous in the extreme. As a former POW who was tortured during war, McCain certainly understands what war means and cannot be considered "pro-war" or a "warmonger."

So on Monday, I will begin a series of posts that will be a republication of a book no longer in print that directly addresses the question of what defines a "peacemaker."

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