What should we make of a world that finds unity in a plane crash but sits back and lets a broken religion hold people in terror? We have a stunning ability to come together and set posturing and differences aside when tragedy strikes. Sadly, it too often takes a disaster to bring some semblance of unity.
National Security and Foreign Affairs
The United States is spending a lot of time letting the world know that our powerful nation, the preeminent superpower of the 20th Century, is taking a nosedive in the 21st. The president is doing his best to spread responsibility for our security because intervening in places we aren’t often wanted is something he has criticized the U.S.
Nothing draws attention like the word genocide. The term is politically charged and easy to manipulate. When you talk about genocide, people pay attention. When you talk about a plague, they hope it’s happening somewhere else and then put it out of their minds.
Genocide targets a group, or even a country for extinction. A plague is not so selective, not even a disease like Ebola that we like to think is a problem only a few African nations we couldn’t locate on a map need to deal with.
Politics is a lot simpler in some countries than in the U.S. In other places, if you take over the government you kill the opposition. If you are feeling generous you put them in prison. When your enemies get the upper hand and return to power, they kill you. America is different. Our country has opted for a slow decline thanks to Washington politics, a threat to our success and security that makes the newest Middle East terror threat seem less scary than it should.
Need proof that Obama can’t lead? Start at the South China Sea, work your way over to Ferguson, Missouri, visit the U.S. Capitol, hover over the Middle East, and end your journey in Ukraine. Every one of these places is proof that Obama can’t lead anything. There is one simple reason why. He doesn’t know how to bring people together.
Is our belief in freedom of religion the reason Western Christians don’t behead Muslims on television? Imagine how Islamic countries would erupt if that kind of spectacle popped up on the evening news.
We don’t see that kind of angry response when Americans are murdered for show. When the evil side of Islam kills, we shake our heads.
What turned the world community into such a pack of cowards that America is stuck time and again with the decision on how to deal with Muslim extremists? We question whether we are worse off for ever getting involved in Iraq. Did anyone stop to consider that seeking justice for extremists is the root of the problem?
Is it the turban? Does figurehead Hassan Rouhani remind Secretary of State Kerry of some friendly genie from a favorite childhood cartoon? When Iran’s supreme Muslim cleric calls Israel a rabid dog are we mistaking an inoffensive remark for malice? The U.S. has decided that we will negotiate over something that was non-negotiable before we adopted our new role in world affairs (see: Is America’s Role World Leader or Sucker?