Spring, Romans and North Korea
Spring…wonderful spring…arrived a few days ago and in Alaska. For me it is a chance to enjoy mild temperatures, (ie any temperature without a minus sign) and still a bit early for the spring bears and bugs. Yes its that time of year to make a list of summer projects that unless they involve the collapse of the cabin probably won’t get done. But it is also that time of year to dig out the fishing gear and dream of day when the fish will again tug on my line.
As I sat there and worked on my fishing rod my mind wondered to last summer walking beside a quiet stream and for some reason I began to think of the early Romans. In those early days of the Roman empire a citizen of Rome could travel the known world and never fear for his safety. It was well known that in that day and age Rome would not take lightly any harm coming to one of its citizens. It was also understood that any country or village that allowed its people to injure or harass anyone from Rome would eventually cease to exist.
After the second world war the United States acquired that same respect even from those that did not like us very much. This was due partly because of the determination and might shown during the war and partly because the Unites States government proved over and over it was not a paper tiger when it came to protecting it’s citizens or allies. So why is it today the number of countries that are listed as ‘dangerous for travel’ by Americans keeps getting longer?
Besides the obvious hatred shown by extremist Muslim countries the rest of the world now indeed sees the United States as a paper tiger… A country that is all talk and no bite! Our government has over the years adopted a policy of appeasement instead of retaliation. From our neighbors in Mexico and South America to both the Far and Near East an American visitor is at risk. These countries and areas know our government will not take any real, physical, action to protect its people, largely because of fear of economic repercussions.
If you listen to what the leader of North Korea is planning to do to the United States, you realize we have indeed lost the respect, (aka fear), of the rest of the world.