Isolationism in the 1930s was the major contributing factor leading to World War II. Winston Churchill and other visionaries warned America and the world that Germany was building a large military force in violation of the Geneva Convention. Adolf Hitler denied such accusations.
Isolationist U.S. senators said the situation was being blown out of proportion, and Europe was none of our business. Only when Germany invaded Poland did President Franklin Roosevelt persuade Congress to get involved.
But the dye was cast and America and the world paid a horrific price for failing to grasp Hitler’s intentions earlier.
Would an isolationist President Ron Paul have stood up to the Soviets?
Most likely, he would say that this was none of our business, and we should not get involved.
President Ronald Reagan went to Germany and said, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall,” and indeed in time the wall came down and the Soviet Union collapsed. Would an isolationist President Paul have done this or would this also have been none of our business?
Today, America and Europe, with the tacit support of several Islamic nations, has threatened sanctions against Iran unless it proves that it is not building atomic bombs. Iran claims that it is not working on bombs but only on the peaceful development of nuclear energy. In the interim Iran has built vast underground facilities to keep prying eyes from seeing what they are doing.
Evidently Paul believes Iran and says that we should not get involved. Unfortunately, today’s rockets that can deliver nuclear blasts within minutes remove the deterrent that time and distance once afforded the United States.
Like it or not, America should and must be involved with what is going on throughout the world and be prepared to react promptly if situations demand it.