Edmund Burke was an Irish political philosopher, Whig politician and statesman who is often regarded as the father of modern conservatism. His most famous quote: “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”
How involved should the U.S. be? Hitler invaded Poland, Austria, and Czechoslovakia in 1939, and the policy was one of containment (some call appeasement.) His atrocities are well-documented. Yesterday, ISIS announced that they have beheaded another American, they have crucified Christians, stoned other Muslims, massacred thousands of Shia Muslims, and are buying and selling Yazidi women into sex slavery, justifying this concubinage as compatible with the Koran. The Nazis at least attempted to hide some of their atrocities, but ISIS seems to glory in their crimes against humanity, publishing them with seeming impunity. I don’t think it is a stretch to say that they are worse than Nazis. It is well-known that ISIS is making about $2 million/day through black market oil sales.
We all know how difficult nation building is. We still have troops left in Germany and Japan from World War II that ended 70 years ago. We have troops in Korea from that war 60 years ago. Is it a stretch to say that we left Iraq way too soon, if we’ve been in other countries for more than a half-century? Our record of leaving too early isn’t good: just look at Vietnam and Iraq. Will we make the same mistake in Afghanistan? Some other missions have gone terribly: anyone want to go fix the problems in Somalia?
What responsibility do we have as Christians (or even citizens of the world) to help the people of Iraq and Syria? How much do we help when atrocities happen like Rwanda, or Bosnia, or the Ukraine? Are you willing to nation build Iraq and Syria for a half-century to help rid them of our modern-day Nazis? How do we decide when to get involved and when to stay out?