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This pathway to terrorism should be identified as a major concern and the “dots” connected before the world bears witness to a crude yet efficient nuclear attack on a major American city.

The U.S. government would be wise to embrace a 21st century version of the Monroe Doctrine, discouraging and thwarting international relationships in the Western Hemisphere derived from a mutual ideology of hate, conquest, totalitarianism and anti-Americanism. While utilization of such a doctrine wouldn’t be a cure-all, it would certainly be a good place to start.

But, to do this, the U.S. government — and all freedom-loving nations with the intestinal fortitude to do the right thing — would have to rise above the politically partisan infighting long enough to give a damn about the survival of the Free World. That would require putting good government before politics, something that is not happening today.

Not doing so this time could result in a subservient existence for our children and our children’s children. I would hope even the most partisan among us would be averse to that.


Managing editor for the New Media Journal and executive director of the Basics Project, a nonprofit, nonpartisan, research and education initiative.