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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

How the U.S. Should Respond to "Radical Islamic" Terrorism


"Radical Islamic" in quotes, because this is not true Islam, but rather a modern, manufactured, extremist and insane ideology that really exists to repudiate the lure of Western culture.
Focusing on these moronic types because they seem to be everywhere causing trouble in the world, whether it's knocking out Twitter feeds, kidnapping and raping women for sport, or cutting off people's heads as trophies.
Because they have targeted both America and Israel, the land of my birth and allegiance, and the land of my nation, which I love.
And because we can learn some very specific lessons from using them as an example of how the U.S. messes up when dealing with terrorists generally.
In this way: We are overly, slavishly, sickeningly polite, when a straight-on frontal attack is what's called for.
We think we are so smart, responding with "quiet" moves like sanctions and the like. We've become so politically correct about things, so Ivy-league educated, so postmodernist, so postcultural and postcolonialist, that we literally have lost sight of what is up and what is down.
It's very simple: You're not supposed to honor terrorists. You are supposed to kill them. They are not just "bad people," they are bad people on a mission to take away life, freedom, and humanity from everybody else.
The U.S. demonstrates flawed reasoning in dealing diplomatically with the fools who take the name of Islam in vain. They seriously believe that such idiots are worried about comics. They are not - believe me, they're not.
Religion for them is only a deception. They use it the same way they use women and little kids as human shields. Because they know you'll get scared to fight back - you'll run away.
A couple of thoughts about misplaced respect.
On Passover Jews read the Haggadah, which literally means "to tell." We tell the story of the Exodus from Egypt, we tell related stories and sing songs along the way.
Part of the service concerns the "four sons" who ask about the Jewish faith. There is the wise son, the simple son, the one who does not even know where to begin - and the rebellious one.
Re: the rebellious one - he is "wicked," and the father is to stand up and knock his teeth out.
For a long time this response bothered me. Surely the rebellious son is, deep inside, a very good child. Reach toward him, my instincts said, and perhaps he might be redeemable.
But the rabbis who wrote the Haggadah were smarter than me. They knew that there is a difference between questions asked out of curiosity, and daggers disguised as questions - pure hate.
The wicked child, even if this is a Jewish child, is the child that you must symbolically strike. The evil cannot run its mouth at the table, because it's only before long before the entire community is infected. Spirituality is delicate; it needs protection.
Here's another story.
The Torah tells of King Saul, who in ancient times was punished because he did not slaughter all the people of Amalek. Instead of listening to G-d, he showed mercy on the enemy.
Again, why the seeming cruelty? Why punish him for being a good guy, with a conscience?
The answer comes in another story about the same king. He was so jealous of his servant David, who eventually became king. Because David was the better warrior. And in his quest to murder David, and quench his jealous thirst, the king wound up killing an innocent town of Jewish priests.
So you see? When you follow your "gut instincts," or the fashionable thinking of the day, you may tell yourself it's smart and common sense. But it is also possible that you've lost your moral compass, and someone has to remind you of that - bring you back to Planet Earth.
I have no idea what the U.S. is thinking when it comes to terrorism. I don't know the story on the ground; I'm sure it's "much more complicated" than it seems on the surface. It always is, isn't it?
But there is one thing I know for sure. It is never a good idea to "respect" a terrorist, and it's just plan dumb to let them fool you into believing that they represent any kind of religion.
Sadly, some people are on this Earth just to do others harm.
And the appropriate response is to destroy them.
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All opinions my own. Photo credit: Johannes Grødem - Flickr: Day after Oslo bombing, via Wikimedia