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Reid and Ron: Part Next

However, if Mr. Lord is “unwilling or unable” to differentiate — strategically — between American response to Nazi genocide, Soviet Empire, and several thousand “freedom haters” scattered somewhere between Morocco and Malaysia, I’m not sure where to proceed with this conversation.

So writes Reid Smith here.

The problem with this is the tragedy of the things listed above didn’t spring full blown. If one goes back and reads the New York Times as late as 1933 one finds the “smart people” of the day dismissing Hitler and company as nothing more than exuberant thugs. The Nazi monolith began in a very real sense with the angry, anti-Semitic scribblings of an imprisoned young Austrian corporal in the 1920s. There were no Panzer divisions. No vivid reports of smoking ovens and burning Jews. To have suggested this could be a problem would be to invite precisely the scorn demonstrated by Ron Paul of the notion that an Iranian nuke is no big deal.

The Soviet Empire arguably began with a lone Russian Communist (Lenin) being smuggled solo back into a strife-torn Czarist empire in 1917. For that matter, the America we know today that Ron Paul calls an “empire” began with a handful of shivering Pilgrims or, if you prefer, a handful of Massachusetts farmers at Lexington and Concord.

The key to all of these problems is being able to do the difficult — apply human common sense to the facts on the ground. Closing one’s eyes to what can evolve is never ever a good idea — particularly in a day and age of missiles and high tech. This is where Reid Smith and I disagree.

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Jeffrey Lord, a contributing editor to The American Spectator, is a former aide to Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp. An author and former CNN commentator, he writes from Pennsylvania at His new book, Swamp Wars: Donald Trump and The New American Populism vs. The Old Order, is now out from Bombardier Books.
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