In the aftermath of Osama bin Laden’s killing, and the celebrations that followed, many Leftists in my Facebook news feed posted the following quote:
”I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” –Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Atlantic has already reported that the quote is fake, proving that Martin Luther King, Jr. never uttered these words. After I informed these Facebook friends that their attribution was in error, they still insisted that they still believed in the sentiment of the quote.
Do these leftists truly understand the philosophy they are purporting to stand behind? What if we let our foreign policy be governed by this kumbayah rhetoric?
- We would still be paying outlandish taxes to the British.
- Hitler would control all of Europe, which would be a Juden-Frei zone
- The entire Korean peninsula would be controlled by Kim Jong-il
- The Taliban would still control Afghanistan, where they would be a safe haven for al-Qaeda to launch attacks
While campaigning for President, Barack Obama promoted the philosophy of “smart” power, insinuating that President George W. Bush’s go-it-alone attitude on foreign policy (in particular Iraq) was foolish and destructive. Since assuming office, President Obama has instead opted to continue many of the policies set forth by his predecessor, despite his insistence on criticizing him at every available opportunity.
In practice, President Obama’s only foreign policy successes can be found in his use of “hard” power. Taking out Osama bin Laden alone, without even informing the Pakistanis of the mission, President Obama showed that at least in this instance, he has been robbed by reality.
Sadly, many leftists continue to advance the promotion of soft power foreign policy. It’s lucky for the American people that the most influential of their ranks, President Obama, has become disillusioned by the theory.
If the world were only populated by these Leftists, it would be run by Osama bin Laden.