The AP news service is quick to highlight the deaths of Palestinians, especially the admittedly tragic deaths of children (who are often used by Hamas as human shields). The same â€śnewsâ€ť services fail to point out that the reasons there are not more Israeli deaths, from rockets launched into Israel, are the Israeli shelters and Iron Dome intercepts. Somehow, the writers also forget to mention that if there were no rockets being fired and terrorist attacks on Israeli citizens in the first place, there would be an abiding peace in the region.
Many in the West make a grave and tragic error in their continuing insistence that it is almost solely the responsibility of Israel to â€śmake peace with her neighbors.â€ť This is exacerbated by the failure (or refusal) of the media to report both sides of the story. Israel has made, and continues to make, every reasonable attempt to negotiate a mutually acceptable, beneficial-to-both-sides peace with the Palestinians. However, Israel rightly insists that any peace treaty would provide for the security of its citizens.
Sometimes we miss the heart of a matter, owing to various interpretations or a lack of knowledge of the subject. The basis for the Revolution was, as stated, the â€śestablishment of an absolute Tyrannyâ€ť by the King of England. In other words, theÂ colonists were subjected to laws made by fiat. It was not â€śtea and taxesâ€ťbut the imposition of the will of one man over, above, and without the consent of the governed.
This is the real danger faced by the West, and Western leadership somehow seems unable to grasp the hidden danger of the current Muslim conflict in the Middle East. This developing potential crisis seems to have slipped past the Western worldâ€™s leadership. While Sunnis and Shiites fight one another in Iraq and portions of Syria, a dangerous reality has come about which could lead to a major world conflagration and the world media has somehow failed to recognize and report this.
Our leadership labors under the mistaken â€śtruthâ€ť that all people essentially hold the same values and, therefore, basically think alike. The result is, those responsible for making decisions assume the adversary will respond asÂ weÂ would given similar circumstances. The basis for this egregious error lies in the mistaken belief that the people involved hold, and are constrained by, the same values to which we adhere. Nothing could be further from the truth, as the basis for the belief systems are antithetical.
The American experiment, with its centerpiece ofÂ self-governance, was and is an amazing concept. There have been numerous governments prior to it; among them, the Babylonian, Greek, Roman and European, where certain classes of nobility or landowners had been given a measure of self-determination.
She is the wife of an American citizen and was eight months pregnant when she was arrested in Sudan. The Sudanese government said, under its version of Islamic law, â€śMeriam Yehya Ibrahim has to dieâ€ť for confessing her Christian faith. She has subsequently given birth â€“ but not her freedom.
â€śThe average age of the worldâ€™s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence: from bondage to spiritual faith;Â from spiritual faith to great courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to complacency; from complacency to apathy; from apathy to dependence; from dependence back into bondage.â€ť
You wonder why our borders are flooded with illegals? Here is a hint: How many Americans do you think you could get to work for $1,550? Oh, did I forget to mention that is the mean average income per year in Mexico, where the minimum wage is $0.66 per hour? However, compared to some, Mexicans live high on the hog; the minimum wage in Sierra Leone, Africa, is $0.03. And just in case you were wondering why China can sell stuff so much cheaper than made-in-the-USA stuff, how about a minimum wage of a whopping $0.80 per hour?
In the words of one American president (whom many remember, one way or another), â€śLet me make this perfectly clear â€¦â€ťÂ the homosexual community is not striving for equal rights, they are driving for special rights applicable only to them, to the exclusion of equal rights for others.