Free market defenders are often great at pointing out the unintended consequences of U.S. government intervention in the economy. But they often overlook the unintended consequences of U.S. government intervention abroad. As the War on Terror escalates in the wake of the recent ISIS terrorist attacks in San Bernardino and Paris, it’s important to remember that similar principles exist in both arenas.
In the new Learn Liberty video below, Georgetown Professor Peter Jaworski explains that war is good for nothing. Wars may seem noble because our government valorizes soldiers and generals, rather than entrepreneurs, says Jaworski, but in reality, wars are traumatic, chaotic events filled with death and destruction.
Jaworski highlights how wars have unintended consequences that are difficult if not impossible to foresee. For instance, as the video implies, the U.S.-led intervention in the Middle East this century has led to the emergence of ISIS. This blowback should be emphasized before the U.S. escalates its intervention further in the region.