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James Foley, Radical Islamic Terror, and How Quickly We Forget

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Susan L.M. Goldberg

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August 20, 2014 - 7:01 am
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My two-word response to the beheading of James Foley and captivity of Steven Sotloff: Daniel Pearl. Americans still suffer under the delusion that oceans are borders. America is so physically huge that we can watch the riots in Ferguson the way we watch the rockets being fired from Gaza or Russia’s invasion of Ukraine: From the comfort of our couch. Neither we, nor our families, nor our homes are physically in danger. In truth, we are disconnected. At best, those of us who do pay attention do so through screen media. We participate by commenting on internet forums or through social media, or perhaps writing a check to a charity to help those in need. But we should not confuse compassion or concern for actual awareness.

As I watch what is happening in my second home, Israel, I marvel at the reactionary comments I’ve seen from well-meaning Americans who are confident that if they lived next door to Hamas, they’d just go after the terrorists with Christianity-fueled faith in their Second Amendment rights. It’s so easy to see yourself as the next John Wayne from the comfort of your living room. It’s far more difficult when your family and your home are on the line. Much has been said about the right of those overseas to tell Israel how to run their military operations. From a writer’s point of view, I can remain at best pragmatic by saying that the surreality in which these armchair soldiers dwell is, at least, far more supportive than the stupor that plagues most Americans. For their sake, and the sake of America, I hope the bravado isn’t masking an army of summer soldiers and sunshine patriots.

I recall watching my friends collapse in horror on 9/11. As profoundly moved as I was by the horrific tragedy of that day, my response was simply: Intifada. The reality of countless suicide bombers trolling city streets, blowing themselves and countless civilians up at nightclubs, hotels, or on city buses had become a way of life for Israelis in the ’90s. Because I am so deeply connected to that land I felt that impact in a way most overseas do not. There was no shock in 9/11 for me, only awe at the sleeping America that responded to their alarm clock by repeatedly hitting snooze.

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When President Thomas Jefferson sent the Marines to eliminate the threat to commerce posed by the Barbary Pirates, The Leathernecks earned their famous moniker with leather collared uniforms to counter the beheading tactics used by the Islamic Fascists. Two centuries later, we sent the Marines against these same barbarians not to eliminate the threat, but to somehow magically transform them into human beings. The threat was eventually vanquished with a Surge of brute force but was soon permitted to fester when we resumed handing out soccer balls and toothpaste to the children of conniving monsters. For the most part, we used our heavy bombers sparingly to avoid collateral damage when we should have been leveling the terrain, smashing these thugs into oblivion with advanced hardware, thus using technology to avoid our casualties. Instead we played by increasingly restrictive Rules Of Engagement to placate the squishes, which of course are really intended to destroy our likelihood of victory. Ever since Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the overriding concern revolves around media scrutiny as opposed to killing all they send so they stop coming. The purpose of war is to kill people and break things. Ignorance of that fact results in the current state of affairs.
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Susan, you're right, of course. I was living in the States on 9/11. When I got to my office, I saw the second tower get hit and the whole mess come tumbling down. I cried.

Watching President Bush over the next few days and feeling the country's mood, gave me hope that we would rise up and "do something." As time went on, the country descended back into partisan politics. The Democrats wanted unionized government employees to "guard" the airports – more to gain more voters than gain protection. That was only one of the signs.

Then, of course, BDS (Bush Derangement Syndrome) set in with the media and the whole world became one big political football for the inmates in Congress – first just the Democrats, then the Republicans also.

Now, everything in Washington is either political or politically correct. It's the same in the rest of the world. I left the US for Israel after they elected the idiot-in-chief in order to "fundamentally change" the greatest country in the world to its current sorry state – and still declining.

The American politicians will make a few speeches and pass a couple of pork-barrel spending bills, but nothing will change. Nothing can change. 0bie has emasculated the US military and put his Muslim Brotherhood operatives into high security places. Yep, they voted for fundamental change so they could escape from the real world; now that real world is coming to roll them over.

The US was my home for close to seventy years – still home for most of my children and grandchildren – but I can't be there. Politics here aren't great (not good at all), but the people here in Israel know we must survive; survive for our future generation, for our past generations, and ultimately for all of Western civilization. Who else can save the world from those murderers? Europe? 0bama? Right. www.why-israel.com


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When President Thomas Jefferson sent the Marines to eliminate the threat to commerce posed by the Barbary Pirates, The Leathernecks earned their famous moniker with leather collared uniforms to counter the beheading tactics used by the Islamic Fascists. Two centuries later, we sent the Marines against these same barbarians not to eliminate the threat, but to somehow magically transform them into human beings. The threat was eventually vanquished with a Surge of brute force but was soon permitted to fester when we resumed handing out soccer balls and toothpaste to the children of conniving monsters. For the most part, we used our heavy bombers sparingly to avoid collateral damage when we should have been leveling the terrain, smashing these thugs into oblivion with advanced hardware, thus using technology to avoid our casualties. Instead we played by increasingly restrictive Rules Of Engagement to placate the squishes, which of course are really intended to destroy our likelihood of victory. Ever since Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the overriding concern revolves around media scrutiny as opposed to killing all they send so they stop coming. The purpose of war is to kill people and break things. Ignorance of that fact results in the current state of affairs.
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You're right that we've become squeamish but just how destructive are you willing to get to solve the current problems?

Should we kill all 1.4 billion Muslims worldwide? Or just bomb the entire ISIS territory into rubble, along with all the various hostages they have, not just Sotloff (sp?) the other journalist, but all the other forced converts ISIS has created in recent days?

That's one issue we have to consider if we take your advice. We also have to ask what becomes of us if we do those things. Do we become as monstrous as the jihadis? Or do we comfort ourselves by patting ourselves on the back as the saviors of civilization?

I don't say these things to argue with you, just to express the questions I'm asking myself. Islam increasingly seems an implacable enemy and one that simply won't tolerate coexistence. We can't just agree to what constitutes their territory and what is ours and then agree to live side-by-side. They seem to be determined to take the whole world, even if it takes many years. Do we have any choice but to defeat them while we can, moral and political consequences be damned?

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The line is grey, but one cannot win a war by picking through a populace with a nit comb. As far as I'm concerned Israel has the moral authority to bomb all of Gaza into oblivion due to their tactics.

Second, there is a level of assumed complicity of the populace in war. We shouldn't TARGET non-combatants, and we should minimize casualties as much as possible, but wars, especially modern wars, often wax and wane based on the mood of the populace. The PEOPLE of America wanted, then didn't want, the Iraq war. You don't think the calculus would have changed if we had been bombed? Either way by stoking enthusiasm to fight or by breaking the will of a people, we need to break their will. If a Hamas fighter is supported by his family is protecting his family the right way to go? Or to break the community will so there is no more support for fighting? Eventually the goal is to reach a place where surrender is preferable either because they believe they can't win or the cost of winning is too high.

Wars aren't fought between armies, but between the people supporting them.
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As someone mentioned in comments at the Belmont Club, we bombed Hiroshima but Japan did not listen until we bombed Nagasaki. While a glass bowl in the Middle East would be helpful, at the least we must properly and completely secure our borders and no longer allow any Muslim immigrant to enter the U.S. Period. This is a barbarism that has scourged the Earth for, what, 1,400 years or more?
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We have, or at least had the intelligence to know the activities of these pukes, but in all essence played as nice as possible so as to avoid killing civilians at all costs. That is not a winning strategy. In The Short War, commonly known as WWII, the Allies bombed Germany and Japan into ruins because it was and is the only way to get bad characters to submit. German civilians lived within cognitive distance of concentration camps and thus knew exactly what took place in them, but did little or nothing about it until the Allies forced them to help bury the dead. The Japanese people acquiesced to the activities of a destructive Emperor and would have ruthlessly defended the country as they did during the Island Hopping Campaign used to defeat them at great cost until The Bombs were dropped. The Islamic Fascists of today use civilians to guard their weapons and discourage their destruction. The leftist dominant media happily trumpets the inevitable collateral killing and thus becomes a de facto ally of those who pledge death to America the Great Satan. These supposed religious people treat women as slaves and mutilate their genitals. They have a true State Religion, which is a direct contradiction to Our Founding. Where is the value in any of this? I'm sorry, but either we kill all they send or submit to their tyranny on the installment plan. That is in fact our current trajectory and I don't see that as a positive. There is simply no moral equivalence between true American ideals and what really is a seventh century totalitarian barbarism. In essence, we've never stopped fighting The Crusades. What do we do after we do it? We live with it, just like after WWII.
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