Originally Posted by Xanathol
Just a point of fact on the bold part. In these regions, you cannot simply drop in aid packages. If you do, those in power suck them up and use them as leverage to force the oppressed to do their bidding. When it comes to "policing the world", I personally have a 'it depends' outlook, as some things I think we should be involved in and others, not. The point is, if you do decide to get involved with something like providing humanitarian aid to Somalia, you also have to go in with guns and to that end, yes, most likely pick a side.
Okay. I can respect that but why do Christian Charities make a go of it without a military? Yes, I know savages even back in earlier times harmed them, but they knew that risk
Fact is our intervention under the UN, made the famine in Somalia much worse. Anyhow, think we're better off following the advice in George Washington's Farewell Address and Madison, below.
“A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty. The means of defence agst. foreign danger, have been always the instruments of tyranny at home.” -James Madison
We should be more like Switzerland, who don't get attacked. We'd be a lot safer.
As for merchant vessels off of Somalia, they should be allowed to be armed. Many of their nations don't allow that on those vessels.