There just isn’t very much going on out there in the area of world events to make me happy or give me much comfort concerning our security as a people living at a time of great confusion. However, I am pleased that Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, was recently re-elected. I think he is a decent man and a strong leader. I am certain that his focus is to defend the Jewish state and that he will defend Israel at any and all cost. In fact, he demonstrated that as a brave officer in the Israeli military, where he was seriously wounded in battle as a younger man.
One source of confusion for me this morning: The U. S. has had a long standing relationship with Israel, and recognized her as one of our strongest allies, and certainly our best in the Middle East. I am confused why the current occupant of the White House delights in antagonizing the Prime Minister and trying to publicly embarrass him. Well, actually, I can think of a reason . . . perhaps all of the stuff being said about him, a Muslim, is correct . . . that would sure explain it. I am not only confused over it, I am also a bit frightened by it.
A second cause of concern and confusion: The past 6+ years have demonstrated that the current administration is weak and ignorant in matters of foreign policy. That foolishness has left us vulnerable on a number of fronts. One such front is Iran and its pursuit of nuclear power. We have struggled with 35+ years of conflicting data connected with the Iranian seizure of our American Embassy in Tehran and the ensuing hostage situation. Today, the administration is negotiating a secret deal with Iran . . . but not one knowledgeable and respected person from the military or intelligence community is applauding that. Most are scratching their head.
It seems to me . . . that we are far off-course in negotiating with those dangerous, radical, and wicked people who openly, and from a world stage, declare their greatest desire as being to blow Israel off of the face of the earth. Our clear message to Iran and the world must be: Iran is a rogue nation filled with dangerous people, and that nation simply cannot acquire nuclear capabilities. Israel has vowed to prevent that from becoming a reality, and you can be certain that Israeli intelligence will certainly know ahead of time, and will act accordingly. Our message needs to be that we will support and even assist Israel should that become necessary.
I understand that the foreign policy practices of the U S over the past 50 years have been peculiar at best and have caused many problems around the world. We invite trouble as we meddle . . . nibbling at our heels by rogue nations . . . as we allow ourselves to be spread too thin . . . and show weakness of character when we look like we are throwing our friend under the bus . . . as we currently are. This is not really new. In fact it goes back to the early 1800’s and the adoption of the foreign policy known as the Monroe Doctrine (1823), under James Monroe. It was a far-reaching policy intended to eliminate European powers from involvement in this hemisphere. The peculiar thing about it was that at that time the British navy was something like seven times the size of ours. Yet, we acted then like we were King Kong.
The tragedy is that the majority of the problems in the troubled Middle East region is frankly the result of our politicians and intelligence service being overly involved in and with the nations in the region, and propping up puppet dictators who would favor the U.S. That was certainly true in the late 70’s in Iran! It remains true today as we struggle with the following two elements, which we simply are ignorant about . . . and pretending and acting as if neither one is real:
1. The first one is the global war with radical Islamist (the violent Jihad) . . . which we have seen in Paris, Austria, Tunisia, Syria, Iran, Libya, Gaza, Nigeria, Somalia, Afghanistan, and Yemen; and
2. The second is the cultural Jihad that, while appearing peaceful, is in full attack against the world relative to what we believe and call normal. Cultural Jihad is more insidious and in many ways more dangerous. Cultural Jihad strikes at our very ability to think and have an open dialogue about reasonable steps to our very survival. Examples of where Cultural Jihad is finding victory is when our Department of Defense describes what was clearly a terrorist attack on one of our military bases as “work place violence,” which the President refers to as “random killings,” which were, in fact, clearly actions of Islamic terrorists and targeted against a specific group . . . Christians; and when the administration censors training documents captured with Bin Ladin and also lectures the world on sensitivity . . . which prevents describing radical Islamist with any reference to the religious ideology which is the proximate bond that unites them.
We need to learn to mind our own business, to stay home, to speak softly, and to carry a big stick; and have a few simple rules. Here are a few:
1. We want to live at peace with all nations and peoples;
2. If you have a problem and need our help, let us know and we will try to lend a helping hand;
3. We stand with Israel . . . any threat to Israel is a threat against the USA;
4. We will utterly destroy any nation that plays any role in any act of aggression against the USA or Israel and we will offer no apology for our response;
5. We will view as mortal enemy any nation that supports, assists, or permits any terrorist element and provides any support or place of rest or refuge to such elements;
6. We solemnly pledge that if any nation, group, or element acting with malice or evil intent and injures an American citizen, we will repay in like kind at the rate of 1,000 to 1, so, proceed with great caution; and
7. We will speak openly and completely resist any and all Islamic efforts to alter, influence, or change our opinions about what Islam actually is, and the dangers it poses for us and the world!