That sort of conflict is unimaginable today, because even if the rest of the world combined to take on the United States, we could defeat them with the use of conventional weapons. Our power, seldom used but always feared, breeds international stability.
Soros doesn’t see it that way, of course. “It is ironic,” he writes, “but the invasion of Iraq has made it more difficult to deal with the likes of Saddam Hussein.” He adds, “there are many other tyrants in the world.” His list includes Kim Jong-il of North Korea, Tan Shwe of Myanmar, Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe and Bashar Assad of Syria.
Well, in recent months, Kim’s North Korea has conducted missile tests, and there’s little doubt the country will continue to threaten civilians in Asia and beyond. For his part, Assad recently helped supply Hezbollah with rockets, which the terrorist group used to kill Israeli civilians. Saddam, meanwhile, is in a jail cell, enduring a second trial on mass murder charges. Eventually he’ll be convicted and executed. So who’s easier to deal with?
The fact is that the only “tyrant” on Soros’ list who’s been removed from power is Saddam Hussein. We can debate the merits of the War in Iraq, but the fact that it rid us of Saddam is beyond debate. Other tyrants remain in power because the U.S. has declined to use its military to remove them.
Soros wants to see more international involvement, but that simply doesn’t work. Just look at Iran, which the U.S. basically turned over to Britain, France and Germany a few years ago. Those countries thought they could contain Tehran’s nuclear ambitions, but they couldn’t. The country’s uranium enrichment program grinds on, ignoring an “international community” (including the U.N. Security Council) that Iran knows is toothless.
Soros is correct about one thing. “The dominant position of the United States cannot be long maintained by a feel-good society that is unwilling to confront unpleasant realities,” he writes.
Indeed. We may well be forced to use our military more often to deal with the world’s unpleasant realities (although that’s not what Soros suggests). But when we do, we’ll actually be making the world a safer, more stable place.