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DISENTANGLING ALLIANCES

Di Roderick T. Long

It now seems virtually certain that President Bush will indeed be plunging
the United States into a suicidal Middle Eastern war within a matter of
days.

The likely result will be a dramatic increase in acts of terrorism against
the United States. Bush's bizarre and unprovoked assault on Iraq, in
defiance of a horrified and outraged world, is the best recruiting tool
al-Qaeda could ever have hoped for. Bush's decision evinces a reckless
disregard, not only for innocent Iraqi lives, but for innocent American
lives as well. I would not be surprised to see suicide bombings become a
daily reality in the U.S., as they have been for some time in Israel.

Is there any way that Americans can protect themselves against the horror
that Bush's actions threaten to unleash upon them? Yes, there is. The
answer is: secession.

Terrorists are, by their nature, collectivist-minded. Only a collectivist
would slaughter the innocent members of a group in order to punish the
guilty members. The terrorist's quarrel is with a political entity known
as the United States of America. Let us withdraw from association with
that entity and repudiate the actions of its leaders.

This may sound like an unrealistic proposal right now. Given what it would
take to make it a realistic proposal, there's a sense in which I hope it
reamins unrealistic. But if Bush's war results in the kind of massive wave
of terrorism on U.S. soil that I fear is all too likely, we libertarians
should stand ready to point to secession as an increasingly viable and
attractive solution. (For libertarian source materials on secession, see
Secession.net and the Libertarian Nation Foundation.)

In his 1796 Farewell Address, President George Washington asked: "Why, by
interweaving our destiny with that of any part of Europe, entangle our
peace and prosperity in the toils of European ambition, rivalship,
interest, humor, or caprice?" In every region of the U.S., American
citizens should now be asking themselves: Why, by interweaving our destiny
with that of any part of the United States, entangle our peace and
prosperity in the toils of American ambition, rivalship, interest, humor,
or caprice?