Since our cut-and-run Congress is hell-bent on repeating the Vietnam fiasco (with its ensuing regional bloodbath) and our Executive Branch is unable to hold onto its constitutional prerogatives, I will repeat my three year-old proposal first discussed on-air with Michael Savage.
First, some history. When the French decided to withdraw from Algeria due to the political agitation in that country, they took with them the locomotives, telephone exchanges and other products of modernity they’d brought to the emergent African nation. It wasn’t long before even the most hardened nationalist started begging the French to return, thanks to this none-too-gentle reminder of the difference between Haves and Have-Nots.
If the mid-East medievalists want us out, then lets really get out of Iraq, Syria and Iran. When we take our leave let us take with us that which we brought in the first place…i.e., the modern world.
Nuclear-ninnies may quail, but a few devices detonated in the stratosphere will render anything electronic useless with negligible loss of life. One or two squads of Navy Seals could make short work of Iran’s one refinery capable of producing gasoline. Our carrier-based Wild Weasels could with little effort jam every radio and television transmission in the region. It’s an easy matter to disconnect this area from the worldwide Internet. A few cruise missiles would take care of chemical plants producing the ingredients for making exportable explosive devices, and there you have it, seven centuries gone in a twinkling with minimal casualties. In short, The Middle Ages, Redoux.
The western world could withdraw its forces in peace and the religious despots of the region would have exactly what they want, an entire region dedicated to the 14th Century.
If you exempt windmills and the number Zero, my friends, there is very little of the modern world invented, let alone produced by these cultures that so despise us. I rather think we can limp along without their markets for a considerable length of time…far longer, methinks, than they can get along without us. When we turn their cell phones on again in fifteen months (that’s on month for every British hostage) they just might have something interesting to say.
So, let’s get on the other side of the door and close it, turning the lights out when we go.
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