Foreign Policy

Ilana Mercer, October 24, 2014

  • GAZA: “With regard to the historic retrospective on the American-enabled genocide in Gaza—you know, when the agile liars who monopolize the discourse plead their case—if you have been silent so far—or, enveloped by the warm smell of a growing herd are conveniently piping up eight months into the sacking of Gaza—you must not be forgiven.”—ILANA Mercer, “Defending Gaza (Part I): Natural-Law Principles Vs. National-Interest Statism,” June 9, 2024
  • GAZA: “When Americans reflect on history’s tragedies and travesties, they habitually extol the virtue of Pax Americana, but never the horrors of it. Having shaped the annals of the past, regime historians, naturally, speak a great deal about Hitler, but hardly at all about Hiroshima.”—ILANA Mercer, “Defending Gaza (Part I): Natural-Law Principles Vs. National-Interest Statism,” June 9, 2024
  • GAZA: “American foreign policy is a museum of horrors in which Gaza 2023/2024 is the main exhibit. It is my conviction that Gaza is much more than just one more American foreign-policy failure, an event and topic to swill around like mouth wash, spit out and move on, once the usual ‘tsk, tsk’ bromides have been disgorged. Uncle Sam’s usual deathly mixture of ignorance, cruelty and superiority has been exceeded with respect to Gaza. It is my belief that the United States’ open, even-energetic support for genocide is a defining event in the annals of American foreign-policy aberrations.”—ILANA Mercer, “Campus Kids Could Deliver Gaza From The Great And Little Satan,” April 26, 2024
  • GAZA: “By dint of undertaking the role of IDF deputy in advancing genocide in Gaza—the United States has crossed a threshold. In Gaza, Uncle Sam has finally achieved an official or formal inversion of all cherished, universal values. It has earned the ‘Great Satan‘ appellation it was once awarded.”—ILANA Mercer, “Campus Kids Could Deliver Gaza From The Great And Little Satan,” April 26, 2024
  • GAZA: “On the scale of national crimes and misdemeanors, Gaza is simply indefensible. And America’s young sense this and are incensed by it. I am buoyed by the campus protests and wish the kids Godspeed. The Kids might just deliver Gaza from the Great and Little Satan alike.”—ILANA Mercer, “Campus Kids Could Deliver Gaza From The Great And Little Satan,” April 26, 2024

  • GAZA: “This is not a Whodunit. The serial killers are known to us, are friends of ours, are supported by us.”—ILANA Mercer, “Campus Kids Could Deliver Gaza From The Great And Little Satan,” April 26, 2024
  • GAZA: “Empowered by Empire, Israeli serial killers are not on-the-lam, running from the Law. They are free to come-and-go, to travel, to hobnob; at liberty to enjoy undeserved freedoms, as their innocent victims are confined, held captive, catacombed, awaiting death by one or another diabolical means. In fact, the serial killers of the Palestinians of Gaza are proudly paraded as freedom fighters in their country of Israel, and are backed and exculpated by the powerful in our own country, the United States of America.”—ILANA Mercer, “Campus Kids Could Deliver Gaza From The Great And Little Satan,” April 26, 2024
  • GAZA: “Over and above industrial-scale mass murder of individual people—Israel is engaged in the eradication of Gazans as a People.”—ILANA Mercer, “ISRAEL: In Violation Of God’s Law, Natural Justice, The Laws Of War & All Customary International Humanitarian Law,” March 31, 2024.
  • GAZA: “Such is the moral turpitude of the Israel Über Alles crowd—Jewish and gentile, stateside and abroad—that they appear incapable of distinguishing evidence from assertion, and facts from feel-good fiction; they can’t tell right from wrong.”—ILANA Mercer, “ISRAEL: In Violation Of God’s Law, Natural Justice, The Laws Of War & All Customary International Humanitarian Law,” March 31, 2024.
  • GAZA: “If Israeli society is sick; then so are its cobelligerent backers and boosters.”—ILANA Mercer, “ISRAEL: In Violation Of God’s Law, Natural Justice, The Laws Of War & All Customary International Humanitarian Law,” March 31, 2024.
  • GAZA: “Israelis now flouts the Sixth Commandment with ugly audacity. They appear to believe that their sectarian supremacy transcends the universal moral order to which international law, the natural law and the Decalogue give expression.”—ILANA Mercer, “ISRAEL: In Violation Of God’s Law, Natural Justice, The Laws Of War & All Customary International Humanitarian Law,” March 31, 2024.
  • GAZA: “Were the International Court of Justice an effective and just organization it would have issued, not temporary ceasefires, but some sort of binding cease and desist order, some manner of restraining order, if you will, instructing the Israel Defense Forces to stop its depredations.”—ILANA Mercer, “ISRAEL: In Violation Of God’s Law, Natural Justice, The Laws Of War & All Customary International Humanitarian Law,” March 31, 2024.
  • GAZA: “Four conditions of genocide fulfilled; not one law of war obeyed. In the course of its genocidal campaign; Israel has violated every law of war, codified in Customary International Humanitarian Law.”—ILANA Mercer, “ISRAEL: In Violation Of God’s Law, Natural Justice, The Laws Of War & All Customary International Humanitarian Law,” March 31, 2024.
  • GAZA: “In the end, Bibi Netanyahu (Likud) and ostensible rival Benny Gantz (National Unity Party), who both officiate in their country’s War Cabinet, are philosophically one, inseparable, spherical Gluteus Maximus.”—ILANA Mercer, “ISRAEL: In Violation Of God’s Law, Natural Justice, The Laws Of War & All Customary International Humanitarian Law,” March 31, 2024.
  • GAZA: “What if America were the Good Guy? Gaza is a desert of the dead and the dying. Let the American Super Power ride to the rescue.”—ILANA Mercer, “ISRAEL: In Violation Of God’s Law, Natural Justice, The Laws Of War & All Customary International Humanitarian Law,” March 31, 2024.
  • GAZA: “Commensurate with Israel’s outrageous excesses, the crazed riffs coming out of Israeli heads—by letting the blood of Palestinian civilians for six months, and showing no intention of letting up—Israel has established itself as a war criminal.”—ILANA Mercer, “ISRAEL: In Violation Of God’s Law, Natural Justice, The Laws Of War & All Customary International Humanitarian Law,” March 31, 2024.
  • GAZA: “Israel’s contempt for the United States is complete.”—ILANA Mercer, “ISRAEL: In Violation Of God’s Law, Natural Justice, The Laws Of War & All Customary International Humanitarian Law,” March 31, 2024.
  • GAZA: “Inarguably, the case against Israel’s murder spree in Gaza is ethically quite simple. It is NOT within the realm of opinion. It is immutable, eternal truth. Like the laws of logic, right and wrong are universal, not relative. There are no special tribal privilege clauses—Jews, like gentiles, are prohibited from mass murder. ‘Thou shalt not murder’ (you can ‘kill,’ but you cannot murder—read about the Biblical difference in this essay) is neither opinion, nor is it optional. That’s why the Sixth Commandment is called a … commandment. It isn’t optional. Saint Augustine’s Just War Theory, while imperfect, is closer to truth than opinion. Natural law going back to the ancients and derived from deductive reason and the nature of man: not opinion. What Israel has visited on Gazans and their small enclave is irreparable, orgiastic mass murder and ethnic cleansing.”—ILANA MERCER, January 14, 2024
  • GAZA: “For one thing, he who offends against innocents is responsible for his offenses; not a third party. For another, and as I hope we have established here before, whether it is committed by decree of the one or by the will of the many; by actors within or without The State; by the designated ‘good guys’ or by the ‘bad guys’—murder of innocents is always murder. Murder by ‘democratic’ approval is also still murder, however many approve of it. At the same time, mass murder is never ‘unintentional’ when you know it is inevitable and incidental to your ‘mission.’”—ILANA MERCER, Memory & Indictment: Today’s Jewish Taliban Not The Israel I Grew Up In,” January 4, 2024
  • GAZA: “Look at Gaza. It’s a moonscape. What are your lying eyes telling you, to use Richard Pryor’s wry phrase for he who has been caught in flagrante delicto? As they were turning Gaza into Dresden on TV, before our very eyes, Israel’s quicksilver state propagandists were also telling us, their American funders, that ‘this is not happening.’ Who are you going to believe? Democratic Israel, or your ‘lying eyes’? I believe my ‘lying eyes,’ thank you very much. Those ‘lying eyes’ speak to the scale of Israel’s depredations against Gazans. ”—ILANA Mercer, “Memory & Indictment: Today’s Jewish Taliban Not The Israel I Grew Up In,” January 4, 2024
  • GAZA: “The broad and short of it is that, no reparations can fix the irreparable Gaza, although these are owed.”—ILANA Mercer, “Memory & Indictment: Today’s Jewish Taliban Not The Israel I Grew Up In,” January 4, 2024
  • GAZA: “The Israel of my formative years was no Eden before the Fall, but it was not a terrorist state. Jewish supremacism, like the American exceptionalism driving the United States’ foreign policy, breeds barbarism.”—ILANA Mercer, “Memory & Indictment: Today’s Jewish Taliban Not The Israel I Grew Up In,” January 4, 2024
  • GAZA: “In their recent military campaigns, America and Israel have waged what to the inexpert, keen observer is largely old-fashioned, Third-Generation Warfare—a blitzkrieg, by any other name, against civilian populations. Yet when military mavens predicted and depicted the next form of warfare; it was the contours Fourth-Generation Warfare that they were tracing. Fourth-Generation Warfare was to be the distinguishing characteristic of the modern military. Fourth-Generation war was meant to be smart; to see Mind dominate and direct materiel. What is underway in Gaza, at 2023’s end, however, is the very opposite. I see madness for what it is.”—ILANA Mercer, “Gaza Vs. Fallujah: Barbaric Blitzkrieg Highlights U.S. Marines’ Superiority,” December 4, 2023
  • Gaza: “To refuse to bear witness to the prosecution of Total Warfare against Gazans—also the defining event of 2023 and the decade, twinned with COVID—is to be inhuman, insane, incoherent. To the Greek philosophers, to be mired in such contradiction was to be less than human, less than coherent, less than sane.”—ILANA Mercer, December 9, 2023, “Gaza Vs. Fallujah: Barbaric Blitzkrieg Highlights U.S. Marines’ Superiority
  • GAZA: “You can’t gussy up what’s going on in Gaza.”—ILANA Mercer, “Bibi Netanyahu May Find Himself In the Dock, In The Hague,” November 14, 2023
  • GAZA: “It’s simple: If you know in advance that your actions will cause the deaths of thousands-upon-thousands of civilians; attached to your criminal actions (actus reus) is a guilty mind (mens rea), which means malice aforethought, also known as intent, in Western jurisprudence and judicial philosophy.”—ILANA Mercer, “Bibi Obliterates Memory Of October 7 Martyrs; Creates New Martyrs In Gaza,” November 2, 2023

    GAZA: “The razing and ethnic cleansing of Gaza by Benjmain Netanyahu, abetted by Joe Biden and his Uniparty accomplices, in the course of which tens of thousands civilians are dying: This is murder with malice aforethought, a concept that includes ‘deaths resulting from actions that display a depraved indifference to life.‘ Further depraved indifference to life was Israel’s throttling of supplies of water, food and power to the millions of aid-dependent Gazans, as Israel knows full-well this will imperil civilians indirectly.”—ILANA Mercer, “Bibi Obliterates Memory Of October 7 Martyrs; Creates New Martyrs In Gaza,” November 2, 2023

  • GAZA: “Murder with majority approval is still murder, whomever the perpetrator. Whether it is committed by actors within or without The State; by the designated ‘good guys’ or by the ‘bad guys’; by the decree of the one or by the will of the many—murder of innocents is still murder.”—ILANA Mercer, “Bibi Obliterates Memory Of October 7 Martyrs; Creates New Martyrs In Gaza,” November 2, 2023
  • UKRAINE: “As a longtime critic of American foreign policy, my sympathies here are firmly on the Russian side. However, reasons for war are not the same as justification for war. A war of aggression is seldom justified.  Putin’s war in Ukraine is a war for which there are plenty reasons, all of them vindicating Russia (although such a statement must be qualified by saying that reasons for war are not the same as justification for war. A war of aggression is seldom justified.”ILANA Mercer, “Ukraine’s Azov Battalion: Nazis Or Just Nationalists?”, May 12, 2022
  • “’Win or die, dummies’ is what Ukrainians are being instructed by the US UniParty, its NATO marionettes and their leader Zelensky, who is protected by the above forces. The ‘win or die’ policy imperialism, vis-à-vis Ukraine. The depravity—the immorality—of Ukraine’s American-decreed destiny is that, the United States, via its NATO front, has used Ukraine, mercilessly dangling NATO membership before this poor people, to attempt to dislodge Vladimir Putin.”ILANA Mercer,”Win Or Die: Ukraine’s America-Engineered Options“, August 10, 2023.
  • “By America’s prescriptions, Russia should be a woke, minority white, multicultural sewer, awash with MeToo, BLM, and ANTIFA sensibilities.”ILANA Mercer,”Win Or Die: Ukraine’s America-Engineered Options“, August 10, 2023.
  • “While offering meek opposition to the Ukraine project, and little effective resistance to COVID-related usurpations; the ostensibly ‘sane’ wing of the GOP is ready with an alternative war: China.”ILANA Mercer, “Oh, What Wonderful Wars: The West’s Lying Warlords,” March 10, 2023
  • “The Vandals and Huns, the Goths and Visigoths are here to stay by invitation of the American treason class.”ILANA Mercer, “Steamrolled By The Abrams: Republican Cretins Swallow Classified-Doc Bait,
  • Ukraine: “A kept man, his flesh softer than sin under the khaki costume, Zelensky has no incentive to quit his shabbily self-serving ‘heroics,’ now that the world’s greatest deliberative body has authorized billions for his upkeep and that of his country for posterity, in sickness and in health.”ILANA Mercer, “The D-Bomb, Realpolitik, Zelensky’s Self-Serving ‘Heroics’ & What ‘Mixed-Race’ Really Means,” December 22, 2022
  • Ukraine: “Countries that wish to remain neutral on Ukraine find themselves in a political pickle. For just as corporate America cancels citizens it deems too reactionary; the American State can, and will, cancel entire countries.”ILANA Mercer, “U.S. Cancels Countries, Kills Ancient, Civilizing Concept Of Neutrality,” April 7, 2022.
  • Ukraine: “Unless Russia is made over in the cloying, sloganeering, self-righteously woke image of America—it will not be allowed to stand. Not in its current iteration. That’s the message transmitted by the Biden Administration, echoed by the Republican Party.”ILANA Mercer, “U.S. Cancels Countries, Kills Ancient, Civilizing Concept Of Neutrality,” April 7, 2022
  • Ukraine: “Zelensky is America’s perfect, prototype Jacobin puppet, beloved by both political factions, because he is the creation of the foreign policy of the UniParty.”ILANA Mercer, “It’s Biblical, Zelensky: A Leader Who Fails To Haggle For The Lives Of His People Has Failed,” March 24, 2022.
  • Ukraine: “Zelensky ought to have shown Putin respect and negotiated an agreement with him, one that would have appeased Russia with respect to Ukraine’s outsized, idiotic NATO and EU aspirations. Promise the Russians ‘a non-aligned, neutral Ukraine,’ is how Colonel Doug McGregor put it. What I call realpolitik, political scientist John Mearsheimer terms “great-power politics.”ILANA Mercer, “True Story: Russia Finds WMD In Ukraine!”, March 10, 2022.
  • Ukraine: “If Russia had American privileges, namely the right to invade sovereign countries while retaining its virtue; the biowarfare laboratories located in Ukraine—copped to by Victoria Nuland, one of the American architects of the February 2014 coup in Ukraine—would have served as casus belli (provocation) for war.”ILANA Mercer, “True Story: Russia Finds WMD In Ukraine!”, March 10, 2022.
  • Ukraine: “Contrary to proclamations, it is not a moral foreign policy that America practices but a moralistic, ‘angels-and-demons Disneyfied’ foreign policy. Be like us or we’ll destroy you!”—ILANA Mercer, “Uncle Sam Still King Of All Invaders: Ukraine, Realpolitik And The West’s Failure,” March 3, 2022.
  • Ukraine: “Realpolitik is practical politics, the art of getting along, differences and all, in a real world in which reality, including the differences between people and their political systems, is accepted and dealt with.”—ILANA Mercer, “Uncle Sam Still King Of All Invaders: Ukraine, Realpolitik And The West’s Failure,” March 3, 2022.
  • Ukraine: Instead of realpolitik, Zelensky adopted America’s moralistic, impolitic, uppity manners. It took a war to get Zelensky to the negotiating table with Putin, where he ought to have been from the start.”—ILANA Mercer, “Uncle Sam Still King Of All Invaders: Ukraine, Realpolitik And The West’s Failure,” March 3, 2022.
  • Ukraine: “Having sat out the ‘67 and ‘73 wars in Israeli bomb shelters—I still remember what old-school diplomacy and statesmanship—realpolitik—sounded like. Diplomatic tools like substantive talks, a cease-fire, and an agreement between warring sides, however, have been absent from the repertoire of the two tools, Presidents Biden and Zelensky. Good old realpolitik is what Zelensky should have been practicing with his powerful neighbors and historic brethren, the Russians.”—ILANA Mercer, “Uncle Sam Still King Of All Invaders: Ukraine, Realpolitik And The West’s Failure,” March 3, 2022.
  • Ukraine: “This is precisely what President Joe Biden should be shamed into doing now: talk to Putin; thrash out a cease-fire, ASAP; haggle for the lives of the population under siege because led by imbeciles.”—ILANA Mercer, “Uncle Sam Still King Of All Invaders: Ukraine, Realpolitik And The West’s Failure,” March 3, 2022.
  • Ukraine: “The U.S. has remained wedded to an ever-accreting, ever-inclusive, open-door, liberal vision of NATO membership. What for? Cui bono?”—ILANA Mercer, “Uncle Sam Still King Of All Invaders: Ukraine, Realpolitik And The West’s Failure,” March 3, 2022.
  • Ukraine: “If Putin belongs in the Hague’s International Court of Justice, so do Genghis Bush, Dick Cheney, Condi Rice and their countless culprits. Colin Powell is already in the Hadean afterworld for his role in the invasion of Iraq.”—ILANA Mercer, “Uncle Sam Still King Of All Invaders: Ukraine, Realpolitik And The West’s Failure,” March 3, 2022.
  • “Since Baksheesh (bribery) is in the political bone marrow of Afghanistan; American money and profligate spending habits only fed this proclivity for pelf and strengthened feudal fiefdoms and warlords.”—ILANA Mercer, “No, Lara Logan, Only Simpletons Think Afghanistan Is Simple,”  Sep 16, 2021.
  • “Tribal Afghanistan is thoroughly decentralized, always has been. Our indisputably brave soldiers had been ordered to, at once, woo and war against a primitive Pashtun population that disdained the central government we were dead set on strengthening.”—ILANA Mercer, “No, Lara Logan, Only Simpletons Think Afghanistan Is Simple,”  Sep 16, 2021.
  • “Afghans simply have more of an affinity for the Taliban than for the Wilsonians who were attempting to westernize them.”—ILANA Mercer, “No, Lara Logan, Only Simpletons Think Afghanistan Is Simple,”  Sep 16, 2021.
  • “All we hear from the neocon Rambo Rescuers of Fox News is of the urgency of bringing these ‘Afghan allies’ to America. Fox News celebrity anchors and their tough-talking guests continue to trip over one another to talk up the wonders of our Afghan allies and the legions of Afghan Americans who have American citizenship, but happen to hang out a lot in Afghanistan. It’s a terrible affront, they all say, that America has failed to lift them all to safety. Between the Republicans and the Democrats, there isn’t a country in the world whose countrymen would not be targets for resettlement in America.”—ILANA Mercer, “Empire’s Soldiers Head To Afghanistan To Defend The Homeland And Their Homeboys,” Sep 9, 2021.
  • “Although funded by Americans, the US military’s allegiances are global and humanitarian. Our soldiers are trained to be ‘a global force for good.’ That’s their mindset. And that, in 2009, was the actual recruiting motto for the U.S. Navy, for a short while.”—ILANA Mercer, “Empire’s Soldiers Head To Afghanistan To Defend The Homeland And Their Homeboys,” Sep 9, 2021.
  • “There is so much unutterable suffering in the US.  The bravado of the typical, tough-talking military man, gushing over—and rushing to—Afghanistan not only doesn’t impress me much, but it turns the stomach.”—ILANA Mercer, “Empire’s Soldiers Head To Afghanistan To Defend The Homeland And Their Homeboys,” Sep 9, 2021.
  • “Truth be told, I’m deeply repulsed by legions of Americans, ex-soldiers and other sentimental sniveling wrecks, rushing to bring Afghanistan to the United States. I’m a South-African American. Who’s rescuing the people I love and left in South Africa? We South-African Americans never think to demand it, although Afghan-Americans stridently do.”—ILANA Mercer, “Empire’s Soldiers Head To Afghanistan To Defend The Homeland And Their Homeboys,” Sep 9, 2021.
  • “The State Department doesn’t know Shiite from Shinola.”—ILANA Mercer, “Afghanistan: Bringing The Military-Industrial Complex Home,” August 26, 2021.
  • “After Afghanistan, we can all agree that American foreign policy is an angels-and-demons Disney production—starring the prototypical evil dictators killing their noble people, until the US rides to the rescue—and that the producers at Foggy Bottom don’t have the foggiest idea what they are doing.”—ILANA Mercer, “Afghanistan: Bringing The Military-Industrial Complex Home,” August 26, 2021.
  • “The disregard a country’s policy makers evince for the fellow-feelings stirred among countrymen by a common faith and customs—secular and sacred—is invariably reflected in its foreign policy.”—ILANA Mercer, “America’s Radical, Foreign-Policy Alinskyites Destroyed South Africa!“, March 25, 2021. (Originally, in Into the Cannibal’s Pot: Lessons From America From Post-Apartheid South Africa, 2011.)
  • “American foreign policy has been informed less by what Samuel P. Huntington termed civilizational consciousness, than by the idea of the propositional nation. America, to her governing neoconservative and left-liberal elites, is not a nation but a notion, a community of disparate peoples coalescing around an abstract, highly manipulable, state-sanctioned ideology. Democracy, for one.”—ILANA Mercer, “America’s Radical, Foreign-Policy Alinskyites Destroyed South Africa!“, March 25, 2021. (Originally, in Into the Cannibal’s Pot: Lessons From America From Post-Apartheid South Africa, 2011.)
  • “As America sinks into the quicksands of Cultural Marxism, Putin’s inclinations have become decidedly reactionary and traditionalist.”—ILANA Mercer, “America’s Radical, Foreign-Policy Alinskyites Destroyed South Africa!“, March 25, 2021.
  • “Does the U.S. government’s might give it the right to be universal judge, jury and executioner, deciding who may live and who must die the world over?”—ILANA Mercer, “The U.S. As Globe’s Judge, Jury And Executioner,” The Ron Paul Institute, January 10, 2020
  • “Based on the erroneous prior-restraint reasoning, and our putative, divine American rights as judge, jury and executioner—we could confine all Saudi-Arabian Sunnis to camps, for the purpose of ‘reeducation.’ It’s what China is doing to its Muslim minority. Preposterous!”—ILANA Mercer, “The U.S. As Globe’s Judge, Jury And Executioner,” The Ron Paul Institute, January 10, 2020
  • “The debate is only ever over whether the U.S. government should or shouldn’t act on its divine rights as transnational judge, jury and executioner, never over what’s right and what’s wrong. Stateside, the only inquiry permissible is a cost-benefit calculus. Will the assassination of Soleimani, a military official of a sovereign state, and an avid and effective slayer of Islamic State terrorists—pay strategic dividends for America in the long run? This is crass pragmatism bereft of principle.”—ILANA Mercer, “The U.S. As Globe’s Judge, Jury And Executioner,” The Ron Paul Institute, January 10, 2020
  • “The U.S. government bestrides the globe, arming and training foreign troops all over it. Unlike America’s proxy militias, Iranian proxy militia operate in the region.”—ILANA Mercer, “The U.S. As Globe’s Judge, Jury And Executioner,” The Ron Paul Institute, January 10, 2020
  • “’Soleimani deserved to die,’ an atavistic bit of jingoism, made by Republicans and Democrats alike, on Fox News and on CNN—it holds true only if you believe that the U.S. government is the keeper of the flame of an immutably just, universal code of law, which it is deputized to uphold, wherever it takes-up residence.”—ILANA Mercer, “The U.S. As Globe’s Judge, Jury And Executioner,” The Ron Paul Institute, January 10, 2020
  • “American Special Operations forces and their command encroach on the Iranian neighborhood much more so than Iranians and their special force command encroach on American territory, unless you consider the Middle East to be American turf.  The crucial difference between Iran’s Quds Force and America’s Special Operations forces (SOF) is that the former is regional, the latter global.”—ILANA Mercer, “The U.S. As Globe’s Judge, Jury And Executioner,” The Ron Paul Institute, January 10, 2020
  • “Today’s America lectures and hectors the world about invading Arab leaders for ‘killing their own people.’ What did the sixteenth American president do if not kill his own people?”—ILANA Mercer, “Lincoln or Lee? What Would Hitler Say?” The Unz Review, August 28, 2017.
  • “Our bickering wards in the Middle-East aren’t about to forget their religious jealousies and join forces, certainly not under American guardianship. The conflicts are regional, tribal, ancient. They’re impervious to outside, top-down intervention.”—ILANA, “Truman Would Have Agreed With Trump On The CIA In Syria,” American Thinker, July 22, 2017.
  • “America’s foreign police is Disneyfied production, starring, invariably, an evil dictator who was killing his noble people, until, high on paternalism, America rode to the rescue.”—ILANA, “Truman Would Have Agreed With Trump On The CIA In Syria,” Townhall.com, July 23, 2017.
  • “When you’re the most powerful entity in the world, as the US government certainly is—the only government to have dropped nuclear bombs on civilian populations (‘good’ bombs, because dropped by the US)—you get to manufacture your own parallel universe with its unique rules of evidence and standards of proof. What’s more, as the mightiest rule-maker, you can coerce other earthlings into ‘sharing’ your alternate reality. Or else.”—ILANA Mercer, “Beware The Atavistic Dynamics Undergirding Two American Wars,” The Ludwig von Mises Centre For Property and Freedom, June 21, 2017.
  • “Evidently, victims of liberal interventionism and neoconservative global democratic crusades think putting Americans first is a wildly sophisticated idea.”—ILANA (April 29, 2016)
  • “Ever ask yourself why so many northern and sub-Saharan Africans flocked to Libya? As bad as it was before the West targeted it for ‘reform’—and thus paved the way for the daily privations of the Islamic State—Libya was still one of the mercantile meccas in this blighted and benighted region.”—ILANA (April 24, 2015)
  • “Leave ISIS to Syria, Tehran and Tel Aviv. Let the locals take out their trash.”—ILANA (September 12, 2014)
  • “He who saves you from war is better than he who sends you to war. The proof is in the Putin.”—ILANA (September 14, 2013)
  • “More than anyone, who benefits when America goes to war? Those who ‘function within the nimbus of great power’ in D.C. and around it—the media-military-congressional-industrial complex.”—ILANA (September 17, 2013)
  • “Distinguish we must between the right of the people the world over to be free and our obligation to free them. We have a solemn [negative] duty not to violate the rights of foreigners everywhere to life, liberty and property. But we have no duty to uphold their rights. Why? Because the ostensible upholding of the negative rights of the world’s citizens involves compromising the negative liberties of Americans—our lives, our liberties and our livelihoods. A just government’s duty is to its own citizens first.”—ILANA (September 6, 2013)
  • “To expect someone like UN Ambassador Samantha Power to care about her homies first is a lot like expecting Angelina Jolie to adopt a poor white baby.”—ILANA (June 7, 2013)
  • “To a boy from a Muslim culture, America’s man-in-chief has to represent a mass of contradictions. This president and those before him lead the lavish and licentious lifestyle of an emperor. This as they bomb and obliterate other people from afar. Hardly honorable, much less manly.”—ILANA (May 3, 2013)
  • “In practical terms, what Benghazi-gate will mean is that America’s dwindling tax-base will fork out for Green-Zone fortresses everywhere, rather than divest from democratizing the word.”—ILANA (November 2, 2012)
  • “Benghazi-gate is unremarkable in the grand scheme of American politics. The Dems and Republicans are clashing here not over principles but over procedural mishaps. Namely, what happened? How did it happen? Who covered it up? And, above all, how do we return to doing what we did before IT happened. ‘IT’ being the Sept. 11 attack on the embassy in Libya that left Ambassador Chris Stevens and ‘three other,’ mostly faceless Americans dead.”—ILANA (November 2, 2012)
  • “The question is, Why are we Americans rooting for the Sunnis of the Middle East? And the answer: America doesn’t know Shia from Shinola.”—ILANA (June 15, 2012).
  • On the Sino-Russian alliance’s support for a peace accord Syria: “A just course of action is a just course of action irrespective of the actor.”—ILANA (March 23, 2012)
  • In Syria, we witnessed “a successful attempt by the Russians at replacing bully power with a balance of power.”—ILANA Mercer, “Putin Saves Us From Ourselves,” WorldNetDaily.com, March 23, 2012.
  • A bully’s universe: US foreign policy operates upon the premise that American men and matériel should be capable of reaching and controlling all corners of the world.”—ILANA (March 23, 2012)
  • Quran burning: “The dilemma over an apology is only the froth on the top. It is the elephantine character of American entanglement in Afghanistan that underpins the fury.”—ILANA (March 2, 2012)
  • “The more menacing and hyper-masculine America’s military, the less likely it is to be deployed and used injudiciously by its political masters. For who would want to risk unleashing a feral fighting force, unless absolutely essential? Mold the military into a friendly purveyor of soft power that fits with a social-engineering agenda—nation building—and you are guaranteed that cynical, unethical master manipulators will continue to use and abuse it.”—ILANA (March 2, 2012)
  • “It’s okay to kill ’em, but it’s not okay to pee on them once they’re dead. This sums up the piss-poor discussion over the LiveLeak clips of ‘four United States Marines urinating on three dead Taliban fighters.’”—ILANA (January 20, 2012)
  • “Purple” in Iraq, Blue in Kuwait, Cotton in Uzbekistan, Grape in Moldova, “Orange” in the Ukraine, “Rose” in Georgia, “Tulip” in Kyrgizstan, “Cedar” in Lebanon, Jasmine in Tunisia, Green in Iran, still un-christened in Russia and Syria: Dig around and you’ll find LaHood à la Alinsky activists behind these “color-coded,” plant-based revolutions, blessed and backed by baby Bush and his non-identical, evil ideological twin, Barack Obama.”—ILANA (February 10, 2012)
  • “Libya is a war of the womb. A product of the romantic minds of women — Samantha Power, Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice — who fantasize about an Arab awakening. It is estrogen-driven paternalism on steroids.”—ILANA (April 8, 2011)
  • “Real or not, the possibility that the vote in Iran is the product of widespread fraud is simply none of the United States’ business. In case the advocates of a muscular response have failed to notice, we’re pinned down like butterflies by our own tyrants.”—ILANA (June 19, 2009)
  • “Democracy was not sprung as Athena was from her father’s head.”—ILANA (July 18, 2008)
  • “Electability in fin de siècle America hinges on projecting strength around the world—an American leader has to aspire to protect borders and people not his own. In other words, Obama needs a war he can call his own. In Afghanistan, Obama has found such a war.”—ILANA (July 18, 2008)
  • “As Obama sets forth strategically to ingratiate the conflict in Afghanistan on his constituents—all in order to flaunt his fitness for the office—remember: This war too must end.”—ILANA (July 18, 2008)
  • “Maybe Musharraf should have kept Bhutto under house arrest for her own good—and for the sake of the many bystanders.”—ILANA (January 4, 2008)
  • “About the futility of central planning: Societies are built from the soil up, not from the sky down. And by the people, not the pols.”—ILANA (January 4, 2008)
  • “Our adventurous foreign policy might be a necessary condition for Muslim aggression but it is far from a sufficient one.”—ILANA (July 19, 2005)
  • “Patriots for a sane American foreign policy ought to encourage all America’s friends, Israel included, to push back and do what is in their national interest, not ours.”—ILANA (April 6, 2007)
  • “Those of us who want the U.S. to stay solvent—and out of the affairs of others—recognize that sovereign nation-states that resist, not enable, our imperial impulses, are the best hindrance to hegemonic overreach.”—ILANA (April 6, 2007)
  • “A real conservative would never graft democratic institutions onto a society in which adversaries have always assassinated—not outpolled—one another.”—ILANA (October 6, 2006)
  • “‘Philanthropic’ wars are transfer programs—the quintessential big-government projects. The perpetually profligate Bush should quit pretending he’s an apostle of smaller government.”—ILANA (October 6, 2006)
  • “A Katrina Question: Hey, what do Americans have to do to get their army reservists to bat, not for Baghdad, but for the homies and the homeland? Climb on their rooftops and yelp for help?”—ILANA (August 30, 2005)
  • “So long as it’s voluntary and doesn’t involve The Rack … unleashing an army of missionaries on the Islamic patrimony would be far more efficacious than the military offensives currently underway.”—ILANA (February 23, 2005)
  • “Healthy patriotism is associated with robust particularism – petty provincialism, if you like – and certainly not with the deracinated globalism exhibited by our GI Joes and Janes.”—ILANA (March 9, 2005)

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