…and the other fifty vicious dictators killing their citizens in fifty different countries in South America, Africa and Asia. It is undeniably tragic and unbearably sad to see the victims, particularly when they are children as they often are.
But if it is the United States government’s responsiblity to tax us to whatever extent necessary in order to underwrite the project of ending suffering around the world, why stop with killings? There are people suffering and dying from disease and hunger in those same fifty countries and another fifty besides.
Compassion is a beautiful emotion and entirely appropriate for you and me. But it is a terrible policy for guiding the actions of government. If you want to raise money to help suffering human beings, more power to you. Contact me for a small donation. But for government, with its power to tax, compassion is a bottomless pit that will ultimately impoverish Americans and still leave them frustrated at the endless suffering around the world. As for removing Assad and replacing him with the city council of Wichita, Kansas, culture counts. George W Bush learnt the futility of spending American blood and money to try bring American style government to barbaric regions that lacked the many years of western tradition. Some matters really are none of our business. What is more, the problem that impacts not only America but individuals like you and me is that when we busy ourselves with big and ultimately futile projects, we neglect the many things we could be doing and really should be doing. Am I right?