I hate to sound like a recording glitch, but on several occasions I have attempted to point out that the people with whom we are in conflict in the Middle East don‚Äôt think like we think. The most dramatic evidence of this was the recent beheading of two journalists by ISIS, or ISIL, (whatever the current label) terrorists. Make no mistake, these are not patriots, freedom fighters or defenders of liberty; they are¬†terrorists, pure and simple.
Consider this: A 2007 special report released by the¬†Bureau¬†of Justice Statistics, reveals that approximately 8,000 ‚Äď and, in certain years as many as 9,000 ‚Äď African- Americans are murdered annually in the United States. Ninety-three percent of these murders are perpetrated by other blacks. To put these numbers in perspective: 6,400 U.S. service men and women have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan over the course of a decade-long war fought in those nations. During the Vietnam War, which lasted nearly 13 years, some 58,000 Americans were killed ‚Äď nearly 13 percent of whom were African-American...
We have become so accustomed to laying all our ills at the feet of our leaders that we have gotten to the point where not a single ounce of responsibility lies at the feet of those truly responsible for the current state of affairs. We completely absolve the true culprits of the real responsibility and then wonder, ‚ÄúHow on earth could we find ourselves in such a predicament?‚ÄĚ It seems we have forgotten who is really in charge and, subsequently, who is to blame. The real guilty parties? The American population ‚Äď ‚ÄúWe, the People.‚ÄĚ
Why does Israel generate such a visceral response? There is no structured hatred against any Arabic nations that I am aware of. Some may consider the French rude, but no one disputes their right to exist. The English, often considered snobs, are not marked for annihilation. Even the ‚Äúugly Americans,‚ÄĚ who are hated around the world (according to many apologists for terrorists), are not targeted for genocide.
Please correct me if I am wrong, but I do not recall Secretary of State John Kerry flying in to meet with the Palestinian leadership to stop their firing rockets into Israeli towns and villages. Nor do I remember hearing U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon lambast, as he did Israel, Hamas for firing rockets into Israel and calling for an immediate ceasefire by the Palestinians first.
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 ‚Äúnews‚ÄĚ 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 ‚Äúmake peace with her neighbors.‚ÄĚ 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 ‚Äúestablishment of an absolute Tyranny‚ÄĚ by the King of England. In other words, the¬†colonists were subjected to laws made by fiat. It was not ‚Äútea and taxes‚ÄĚbut 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 world‚Äôs 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 ‚Äútruth‚ÄĚ 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 as¬†we¬†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.