God must be laughing at the practical joke He’s
played on humanity. Or maybe it’s one of those situations where He doesn’t know
whether to laugh or cry. Maybe it’s just His way of testing His creation to see
if it’s capable of surviving in both His world and in ours. Whatever the case,
we’re stuck with it and must try to make the best of it.
So what’s the joke? Simply that God gave the
western world the intelligence, skills, ingenuity, and resources to develop a
modern, electromechanical, civilized society where we have made the most of it
to improve our lives and make ourselves more comfortable. But then God gave the
fuel that powers our society to an uncivilized, 6th century,
religiously radical culture in the Middle East; a people who wouldn’t have the
slightest idea of what to do with it were it not for us. They still don’t, so
they sell it to us and we have come to depend on those sales.
But there are conflicts in both culture and
politics that come into play because of it. We, as a democratic nation, are
trying to do business with a region that is not democratic, but rather rules by
the force of warlords and dictators who see democracy as a threat to their
power. It is a people who are constantly at war with each other and as divided
between radical and moderate as America is divided between liberal and
The Middle East is not a safe or comfortable place
for Americans, so why can’t we just leave and let them fight among themselves?
There are three basic reasons. Oil is one of them. The other two are Terrorism
and Israel. If we leave, radical terrorists such as al Qaeda and Iran will take
over with greater resources and a larger platform from which to attack the free
world. We can’t let that happen.
A more immediate problem right now may be with
Israel. Since 1948 when Israel was reestablished, we, and the other NATO
countries, have been sworn to protect and defend Israel, our only real ally in
the Middle East. It hasn’t been easy. The powers that be couldn’t have found a
worse place to put Israel in 1948 but only because it was once the Jewish
homeland was it reestablished there. Of course in those days, the Mideast was a
much different place than it is today - it seemed like a good idea at the time.
Last summer we saw a bungled war between Israel
and Hezbollah that ended in a stalemate, which is not what Israel intended when
it began. Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert sounded like he meant business
when he declared that Hezbollah would be driven out of Lebanon. But Israel made
the same mistake as we continue to make in Iraq. We are allowing too much
concern for civilian casualties to interfere with winning the war. This is a
mistake that neither Israel nor the US has learned to avoid, I'm sorry to
To make things worse, Olmert gave the Gaza Strip
to the Palestinians as a “peace offering.” He should have known better and we
can only hope that he learned a lesson from it. Today, Gaza is now a threat to
Israel’s very survival and any responsible leader should have seen this coming.
Anything you give to Palestinians, they will take but instead of saying “thank
you” they only demand more. Sound familiar?
Things were kind of ok there for a while as
long as President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party was holding the guns and could
control the militias. But the rivalry between Abbas and the democratically
elected representatives of Hamas continued to heat up ever since the election in
Hamas is not a political party. It is a terrorist
organization which pretended to be a political party for the election. But let’s
make one thing clear. Fatah party members are just as responsible for terrorism
on Israel as is Hamas, if not more. It’s hard to know which is worse, but Fatah
is considered a little more moderate and willing to work for peace. Hamas, on
the other hand, has but one goal - the obliteration of Israel. Neither one is a
friend to the US or Israel.
In Gaza, over the past couple of weeks, fighting
between Fatah and Hamas militias has reached the boiling point. Fatah soldiers
have been killed or driven out of Gaza, leaving the entire region in the hands
of Hamas. During the takeover, stockpiles of American weapons supplied to Fatah
were seized by Hamas as were critical CIA records covering CIA activities in the
Middle East and tactics to defeat the radicals.
This Friday, Abbas dissolved the Palestinian
government, kicked Hamas out of Parliament, and appointed a new Prime Minister
who is currently without a cabinet. Fatah is the old Yasir Arafat P.L.O. party.
Now the western media is naively asking “How is
Hamas going to govern in Gaza when they don’t have access to government money
and resources?” Do they really think Hamas took Gaza so they could “govern” it?
Hamas’s only concern for governing consists of giving free stuff to the poor,
just like the American Democrat Party does, for the purpose of holding their
support. They have renamed Gaza to “Hamasistan”.
Hamas doesn’t care about Gaza but it does put them
in a valuable strategic position to attack Israel from the south. I’m sure they
won’t have any trouble getting money from Iran and Syria which is where they get
their weapons, except of course, the ones they just got from America. The media
is calling this a “civil war” but I think it’s much more than that, just as Iraq
is much more than a civil war.
Now that they have Gaza, Hamas intends to take the
West Bank as well which, will put them within shooting range of Tel Aviv. The
Bush Administration is sending reinforcements to Fatah troops in the West Bank
which so far have been holding off Hamas fighters. The question to be asked is
should the US be taking sides and sending more arms to either Palestinian side?
Considering what happened with them in Gaza, I don’t think so. A second shipment
is under consideration.
A little further north, Syrian
troops have been gathering on the border in the Golan Heights and conducting war
games to pass the time while they wait - for what? Just to their west in
Lebanon, Hezbollah has recovered from last year’s war. They have rebuilt their
tunnels along the northern Israeli border and stocked them with from 20,000 to
25,000 Russian made Kasam, Katusha and “tank buster” rockets. And all of this
was done right under the watchful eyes of the UN peacekeepers planted there last
year for the expressed purpose of preventing it. Is there really any question
about whose side the UN is on?
To the north of Hezbollah lies Beirut where pro
Syrian assassins just assassinated their fourth anti Syrian victim in
Parliament, narrowing the pro-west majority down to only three. When those three
are dead, Syria can once again control Lebanon and the Lebanese Army. Further
north, Hamas affiliate “Fatah al Islam” has seized the port town of Tripoli
after a month of fighting with the Lebanese Army.
What is notable here is that all of this has taken
place over the past few weeks. The fighting between Palestinian Fatah and Hamas
called a “civil war” is only a part of a much larger picture that shows an
aggressive military buildup around Israel and Lebanon.
Israel is being surrounded by it’s enemies.
Israelis should be worried, very worried. Israel is seriously talking about war
with Iran, and joint maneuvers between US and Israeli war planes have been going
on along with Israel launching their first spy satellite this week. Can Ehud
Olmert handle it after his dismal failure to defeat Hezbollah last year? I doubt
it. Israel has but one hope.
Olmert is due to retire in about 4 months.
Benjamin Netanyahu is considering a run for Israeli Prime Minister. If that
process can be speeded up and occur before the war breaks out, Israel will have
a good chance of winning. If Olmert leads his country into war, it will likely
fail which could mark the end of Israel. Most Israelis hate Olmert for the way
he handled the 2006 war. Netanyahu has the ability and the will to do whatever
is needed to assure the survival of Israel. I hope he gets the chance to prove
Olmert has asked President Bush for an additional
$2.4 Billion a year in defense aid for Israel. How long would that continue?
We’re spending a billion dollars a day for the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. I
have no problem with defense spending. What I have a problem with is fighting a
“limited” war where those expenses just go on forever as they did in Vietnam and
victory is never achieved.
Israel won a war against Palestine, Egypt, and
Syria in 6 days in 1967. They fought to win, not to put on a show and spare
civilian lives. Israel and the US should consider the entire Islamic region the
enemy with the exception of Kuwait, UAE, Jordan, and Lebanon.
When you come right down to it, the terrorists we
kill are also civilians. Have you ever heard of a terrorist that wasn’t a
civilian? Civilian casualties are a necessary part of war, and it’s time the
west relearned that lesson. I don’t want to be paying for war for the rest of my
life and our children’s lives when we have the ability to end it quickly. It’s
only liberal politics and psuedo-diplomacy that prevent us from doing so.
For 18 years, al Qaeda was at war
with the United States but we failed to recognize it until the twin towers
fell. Iran is the central command of all that is happening in and around
Israel right now. Iran is behind much of the violence and killings in
Iraq and is supplying weapons to the Taliban in Afghanistan as well. How
long will it be before we recognize that Iran has already declared war on the
United States and Israel? It's just no longer done with formal documents
as it once was. All we have to do is listen to Ahmadinejad's own words to
know this is true.
Is this what political correctness has done to the
US; made us afraid to respond for fear of what Europe might think; made us
afraid of what Mexico might think? Or are we afraid of what Iran's allies,
Russia and China, might think or do? We can either face the situation head
on, or we can lie down and cower in defeat while Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
sits proud and smugly laughing at us.
Make no mistake about it, the war has already
begun. There is no way to stop it with diplomacy or a “limited war” as we’ve
become accustomed to using. To end a war you must defeat the will and the
ability of the enemy to fight. A ground war with Iran is out of the question, we
don’t have the troops for it. We do have technology to replace the use of troops
today and we should use it.
It is highly unlikely that we can defeat Iran using only
conventional weapons. And let’s face it, Iran is primarily responsible for all
the trouble I’ve been discussing in this article. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wants
Israel wiped off the map and he wants it done this year. What better way to do
that than to have his proxies provoke Israel into a war, then claim he is merely
coming to the defense of his allies. Could his nuclear program be further
advanced than anyone thinks, or has he bought nukes from outside his country? No
one really knows.