American Revolution v. Declaration of Independence – Daily Anarchist
In the coming months, America may plunge more deeply into foreign wars despite Obama’s apparent reluctance to do so before the Presidential elections. In an AntiWar.com article (July 17) entitled “US Won’t Intervene in Syria Until After November Vote,” Middle East commentator Jason Ditz reports, “Pro-Syrian-opposition lobbyists say the Obama Administration has warned Syrian rebel factions as well as other pro-war allies that they will not intervene in a serious way against the Assad regime until after the November US election.” And, then, there are escalating tensions with Iran.
If a war or intervention is declared, then it will be promoted as a noble cause in much the same manner as the occupation of Afghanistan was sold as a way to protect Afghan women from the brutal Taliban. When anti-war critics deny the possibility of a ‘noble war’, the American Revolution is likely to be invoked as proof of its feasibility. This counter-example is commonplace within the libertarian and conservative movements, where the American Revolution tends to be venerated. “War is the health of the state,” libertarians admit, but somehow the American Revolution is slotted into a different category than all other wars. The urge to do so is understandable. How can you not like a struggle inspired by the writings of John Locke, Algernon Sidney and Thomas Paine? How can you not support the spunky rebellion of 13 colonies — 2 1/2 million people — against the arrogant British Empire?
To answer, it is necessary to examine the principles of the Revolution and compare them to the conduct of the Revolution, especially as it progressed from being a rebellion and became instead a war.
What is the difference? A revolution is “an overthrow or repudiation and the thorough replacement of an established government or political system by the people governed.” It is most often a response to the extreme injustice of an authority. A war is “a conflict carried on by force of arms, as between nations or between parties within a nation; warfare, as by land, sea, or air.” It often has no connection to rebellion against injustice……..