Sometimes the media remind us of a football coach who’s glad to give your life for his team. We listened to a few minutes of Fox News this evening. For perhaps 20 minutes (counting commercials) we were fed repeated, awful descriptions of what the Moslems are doing to helpless Christians, Yazdi and others who aren’t Moslem plus those Moslems who don’t agree with their murderers. We were provided dead babies and pregnant women, schoolgirls sold ino sex slavery and enough gore to float an aircraft carrier. And every word was true.
The main theme punctuating it was President Obama’s scurrilous neglect of his plain duty – and America’s plain duty – to do something to stop the awfulness abroad. Any listener not presently sold on the Prez would find himself nodding at the various points as they were made and standing up to applaud the call to arms. Unless he stopped a moment to think. There are some things that were not brought up, some things that merit some thinking.
First, speaking of Iraq and Syria as Fox did, while perfectly accurate, failed to consider the Moslem terrorism also going on elsewhere. Russia, China, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Somalia, Kenya, Thailand, the Philippines, Yemen, and others. Is our vacationing Prez to ignore all but Iraq and Syria or is he to set straight the whole world? Then there’s a nice question: Islam accounts for some 23% of the world population; is Amreica somehow to sort out all of that? If someone says no, no, just Iraq and Syria, what will they want when you inform them that large numbers of ISIS and other such groups in both places are foreigners from elsewhere? And add that these outbreaks of Islamic murderousness have been breading out since the 7th Centurey? To finish these questions, no one is bringing up the bottom line: How are the cowboys riding to the rescue world wide or even just in Iraq, to be financed? A single Hellfire missile can cost some $80,000. How does a country that cannot fund its healthcare and retirement programs from its existing revenue, fund world military action?
We are not Obama fans but we try to be realists. How is our President to take on the world when he’s broke and how is he supposed to repeal the 7th Century Moslem conquests? Because that’s what will be needed to stop Islamic terrorism. King Canute, we’re told, commanded the tides to pause; are we expecting Obama to do the same with Islam? We already know that it didn’t work for Canute.
The media are doing no favors to slaughtered Christians nor to American citizens nor to President Obama when they wave bloody diapers at the mass audience. Aong the same line, we might as well save Ukraine from Russia, pacify central Africa and why not do it for Southeast Asia too?
Here in the U.S. we are seeing our middle class in steep decline, a moribund economy and declining world power. Isn’t there enough to do at home? We cannot save the world; all that can be done is the accelerated depletion of America, with nothing to show for it … jut as we contemplate now in Iraq and Afghanistan. Islamic groups like ISIS are a horror indeed, but one that we did not create and one that we cannot cure. It will be enough for us to learn, in this time of declining power, how to confront them for ourselves. One set of Crusades was enough …