America and her allies removed the brutal, crazed dictator known as Saddam Hussein. He was taken out before he could carry his rampage against humanity through a continent and beyond. Yet, the liberal religious pacifists still cry fowl. The arguments above by Reverend Tittle, made in 1941, are eerily similar to what we hear today.
As our nation seeks to define her political and moral responsibilities around the world, perhaps it's time we take a closer look at the similar debate that occurred during the rise of European fascism.
Perhaps it's time to see what history says about intervention, madmen and securing peace.
Joseph Loconte, my colleague at The Heritage Foundation, has just released what I believe to be one of the most important books of the year. "The End of Illusions: Religious Leaders Confront Hitler's Gathering Storm" contains a collection of arguments by the religious leaders of the day -- both pro and con -- for American intervention against the Third Reich. There are priceless lessons to be learned from the debates and consequences of non-action versus military intervention during WWII. These are lessons that must not be lost to the dusty shelves of forgotten history.
Hitler was not the last madman to gain power and inflict untold damage and destruction on mankind. Nor will Saddam Hussein be the last.
Loconte's book is "must-reading" for every religious and political leader in the civilized world. And it's must reading for the rest of us, too. War affects all of us, and as the conventions and tactics of warfare change, we must remember that the key moral issues do not.
As Loconte writes in the introduction to ?The End of Illusions?:
The United States eventually would join Britain?s struggle, but waited until it was almost too late. The ensuing debate over U.S. engagement proved to be one of the most contentious in the history of the American church. Only a handful of religious leaders realized the blackness of the evil that had been let loose in the world. Few could imagine the sacrifices that would be required to meet it. And fewer still dared to predict the consequences of shrinking back from the duties assigned to America, Britain and their allies.
?A penalty is attached to non-action in such a situation,? warned Lewis Mumford as most of Europe lay in ruins. ?A human society in which men will not help their neighbors to resist evil and struggle for justice, will presently cease to exist as a society, since it will lack even the animal loyalties that are necessary for survival.? Perhaps their example can help us avoid that chilling judgment in the present hour of crisis.