War clouds are gathering once again. The United States is mulling whether it’s time to send our soldiers and sailors to attack Iran to defend some perceived national interest.
It is vital to determine what exactly that interest is. Some ships were attacked. But they weren’t our ships. The Strait of Hormuz is not our waterway. We are not the global police and are not responsible for protecting it.
There are several countries that can deal with the issue if they think it’s important enough. Saudi Arabia, for example, has the military. If regional countries choose to not solve the problem, that’s their business and not ours. If ships are in danger, they can take another route. Or be escorted. The strait is convenient but not essential.
The downing of a U.S. drone that was used for spying on Iran is a concern. It is not clear, however, if the drone violated Iran’s air space. It’s also not clear if Iran has the capability to shoot down a drone that was as far away as the United States is claiming. There are questions to be answered.
The stated reason for an action is the need to maintain the flow of oil. But the United States is now a net exporter of oil; we no longer need Middle East oil. With the advent of cheap renewable power, we are at the beginning of the end of the oil age. Going to war over oil will get a lot of people killed and horribly injured for absolutely no reason.
Here’s an idea. How about we not fight any more wars over oil that we no longer need. A war fought for no reason is a war that can only be lost: in lives, in treasure, in world standing. Let’s choose to not go to a war so that the kids and grandkids of the soldiers and sailors who aren’t killed can read one day about how the United States made a smart, moral decision to give them a future. That we choose to walk away from a senseless conflict so they can be born and grow up with parents and grandparents to watch them grow. There is no better way to honor our service members.