Harry Browne’s Famous 9/12 Letter, with a Foreword from Scott Horton
On September 11th, 2001, in the aftermath of the most deadly foreign attack on the United States since 1941, then-recent Libertarian Party presidential candidate Harry Browne sat down and hammered out this simple and honest take on the situation. He warned that our government had surely provoked the attack through their wanton violence in the Middle East and that we should be careful not to overreact in a way that would compound our terrorism problem.
If Browne had won the election of 2000, September 11th almost certainly would not have even happened since he would have already removed the U.S. military from Saudi Arabia and ended U.S. support for Israel’s occupation of the Palestinians, the major motives of the attackers. If the attack had proceeded regardless, Browne’s War on Terrorism surely would have been over by Christmas 2001 and we would live in a very different, and much better, world today.
The Democrats aren’t even pretending to be antiwar anymore. They lead the War Party now. And the America First Republicans are late to the game and slow in coming.
It is up to us, the libertarian movement and the Libertarian Party of this country to take the lead of the antiwar movement, to finally bring an end to the War on Terrorism, Great Power Competition with the Eastern powers and the doctrine of American global hegemony before war finally destroys what’s left of our old republic.
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