There is a very interesting Middle Eastern proverb America would do well to observe. I learned it during four United States Air Force tours in the Middle East:
“Never let a camel get his nose in the tent, if he gets his nose in he will get his head in, if he gets his head in, he will get his hump in, and if he gets his hump in then he will get his rump in and you will have a camel in your tent.”
This is happening at the borders of many European countries and America’s border with Mexico. We must stop the camel at the tent entrance. The question is how?
First, we must understand the nature of our adversaries. Unlike us, they see compassion, understanding, forbearance and restraint not as humanitarian but as weakness. The ISIS terrorists and other jihadis have little regard for human life and Western culture. Women, children and even their own kind (Sunni versus Shiite) are targeted without hesitation by the radicals who launch cowardly attacks against unarmed citizens. They have a standard modus operandi: They negotiate ceasefires, armistices and treaties until they are prepared to launch their attacks. This cycle will continue until they achieve their oft-stated goal – the subjugation of all unbelievers.
America and European countries should beware that many even so-called “moderates” hate us. We must recognize that regardless of their present leadership (and the leftist media’s expressed desire for acceptance), most non-democratic forms of government and practically all Islamic dictatorships hate the U.S. and Western Europe precisely because of who and what we are. Our freedoms threaten their very existence.
Radio, television, cell phones, the Internet, students educated on our college campuses and “letters home” from people who have moved here generate strange ideas of freedom and liberty among “the man on the street” over there.
The billions of U.S. dollars spent on philanthropic endeavors such as feeding the starving, rebuilding infrastructures (including rebuilding mosques), propping up moderate friendly-to-the-West governments, various rescue operations and just plain out and out gifts have for the most part simply added insult to injury. Don’t believe that? Look at Iraq and now Iran.
This “freedom for all” business, in the minds of tyrants, whether a solitary dictator or a military junta, is a dangerous situation and since most of their media is controlled by the government, the West – and America in particular – is consistently portrayed as an enemy and a threat; consequently, we are hated and feared even by people who have a reason to love the freedoms we in the West enjoy.
Notice to Europe and America: The nose is in the tent. Now that we have potential terrorists living among us, what do we do? Various apologists will suggest we not do “anything that might make some of these people unhappy; let’s not generate a war that could last for decades.” Their position, roughly translated, is, America, Europe, once again, tuck your tail between your legs, lick your wounds, put another billion dollars into the pockets of their corrupt governments. But whatever you do, don’t make them unhappy!
The current Arab exodus has suddenly unveiled a frightening scenario. Imagine nuclear weapons falling into the hands of these so-called “freedom fighters” throughout the Middle East, while Iran (with billions of U.S. dollars) feverishly supports them and continues to develop its own nuclear capability.
Whether we like it or not, whether we sought it or not, and with all due respect to Europe, the simple fact is, the U.S. is, at this moment, the only remaining superpower in the world. We are the big dog on the block, and we had better start acting like it, or we’ll be inviting additional terror attacks like 9/11 – perhaps next time with a nuclear dirty bomb.
We must ask our leadership a sobering question: Do you really want to stop terrorism? To most governments, terror-inspired deaths are tragic statistics, but statistics nonetheless. Does anyone, except the families of the victims, really want to stop the terrorists? Can we really stop terrorists? The answer us a resounding yes!
If Congress will act intelligently, as a body of representatives of the people and not respective parties, we can stop terrorist activities and do it permanently, without the risk of any so-called “generational war” with 1.5 billion Muslims.
We could save hundreds of billions, even trillions, of U.S. tax dollars, thousands of American military lives, restore American prestige and establish America once again as the one country no terrorist would dare attack again – ever.
Would we be criticized for so doing? Yes. We would probably receive about as much criticism as we do today. Would we be attacked by hordes of Muslim warriors? No.
The attacks would come mostly in the form of harsh editorial criticism from the liberal American news media and tut-tuts from other countries dependent upon the U.S. for armed forces and dollars.
Additional attacks would also come in the form of “resolutions” passed in the United Nations, where we pay more than any other nation – 22 percent of the regular budget and 25 to 27 percent of the peacekeeping budget. (The U.N. budget depends heavily upon the U.S. assessments to pay for a major portion of its ineffectual operations.) So, just how do we prevent future terrorist attacks and/or jihad on American citizens since Europe has its own modus operandi?
First, America should make this perfectly and definitively clear to all: We are not empire builders, and we have no desire to impose pax Americana on the world.
Second, we will continue to offer the outstretched hand of friendship to the world. In the words of President Lincoln, “With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive … to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.”
Finally, and let this be especially clear and definitive: Any cowardly, murderous assault on American citizens by rogue individuals and/or nations will generate such an overwhelming response from the American people that there will never again be any question that any such action carries such a price that any group of individuals or nations can ill afford it. Will that really work? Remember Pearl Harbor? Ask Japan.