The terrorist in the mirror

“Everybody’s worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there’s a really easy way: stop participating in it.” – Noam Chomsky

I would suspect that most Americans believe that we are the victims of terrorism rather than the instigator. But that would be a very American view-point. What if we were to ask the citizens of Yemen, Japan, Cuba, Cambodia, Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq or Iran. What would their answer be? How about Native Americans or Mexico. I give no discount to the question be it years or supposed acts of war. I ask that you think of the question simply from the perspective of others. Is America a terrorist nation?

With a little research and thought you will discover the answer, America has a long history of terrorism as well as supporting terrorist acts and actions. We have an even longer history of sticking our nose where it doesn’t belong in the name of protecting freedom, both civil and religious, ours and theirs, oil, turf, you name it we will find a reason to battle over it.

For many years, America was one the world’s three 500 pound gorillas. “Peace through strength” was our mantra and the defense industry loved us for it. There are those that contend we no longer hold a position of strength and they would have you believe it is because we don’t spend the vast billions on guns and bombs that once did. This is false. Those same influencers tell us that the reason ISIS and Al Qaeda have become such a thorn in our side is because they now perceive us as weak. This to is false.

For those of you that think that ISIS and Al Qaeda are picking on us because we buy less bombs or guns that ain’t it. Try the other reasons we draw ourselves into conflicts, oil, turf and religion. The oil issue isn’t as big a deal as it used to be but I wouldn’t write it off just yet. That leaves us with turf and religion and we can wrap both of those subjects up in one box with a pretty ribbon on top of it and call it Israel.

In my opinion the real reason we terrorized Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran is because of Israel, the Jewish people have it and the Evangelical Christians and our defense department don’t want to share it although the Islamic faith has just as much claim to it as Jesus and the Jews do. The United States has and continues to spend billions of dollars protecting Israel from _________ (fill in the blank). We even protect Israel from itself at times and we do this without any regard and at the expense of the Palestinian people.

“We cannot continue to let Israel be treated with such total disdain and disrespect. They used to have a great friend in the U.S., but not anymore. The beginning of the end was the horrible Iran deal, and now this (U.N.)! Stay strong Israel, January 20th is fast approaching!” – Donald Trump tweet December 28th

Our President-Elect has a number of favors to repay to both the Jewish and Evangelical Christian communities. At the top of their list is the advancement, growth and continued protection of Israel and if that means pissing off the Middle East Islamic nations so be it. And while we are covering Israel’s ass ISIS and Al Qaeda will continue to be aiming at ours because “peace through strength” means nothing to a man willing to blow himself up to protect what he perceives as threat to his faith namely a Christian–Jewish alliance conspiring to destroy Islam.

We have elected a bull in a china shop who uses Twitter as his diplomatic sounding board telegraphing policy/positions without any regard to how these policies may be implemented or the possible repercussions that follow the actions of his thumbs. Hopefully there will be someone in his administration that understands what is at stake in the Middle East, someone preferably without a Twitter account.

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I am a frustrated writer and poet waiting to be discovered. A stand-up philosopher performing on a street corner near you. A Christian with questions but I don’t want to hear your answers. A Buddhist with a bumper sticker on my truck to prove it. A collector of quotes. A grower of lettuce. The Patron Saint of earthworms who name their children after me. A cyclist whose big ass strains the seams of his Lycra bibs. I am American by birth, Southern by the grace of God. My goal in life is to leave an imprint on the lives of the people I love not a footprint on the earth. I am a son, a husband, a father composed of 65%-Oxygen, 18%-Carbon, 10%-Hydrogen, 3%-Nitrogen, 3%-Diet Coke and 1%-Oreo.
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10 Responses to The terrorist in the mirror

  1. Suze says:

    Americans have blinders on when it comes to looking clearly at their own actions. They stand behind their (our) flag and scream freedom without understanding. We create alliances to our detriment and scream NO FAIR when other countries point out or stupidity. and I truly and completely wish twitter would just dissolve into nothing and never rear it’s ugly head again.

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    • Twitter has lost more than $2 billion since launching nearly a decade ago. I don’t think it has ever had a profitable year. I simply do not understand that math. They didn’t teach me that in Econ 101 or that was the class I missed when I was hungover, I mean sick 🙂

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  2. manqindi says:

    Well said brother – you explain quite clearly why America is not globally beloved! It is not difficult for many to find reasons to hate the States. The great Satan is a horrible label, but it resonates for many.
    We don’t forget the brave battles against world domination by fascists and communists, but that is getting to be ancient history. Maybe it is time to pull in horns and hunker down.
    At some stage Israel has to be left to its own devices.

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  3. Nan says:

    You wrote: … a man willing to blow himself up to protect what he perceives as threat to his faith.

    I would reword it thus: … a man who is willing to blow himself and us up to protect what he perceives as threat to his faith ego.

    The leading quote by Noam Chomsky sums things up quite well.

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  4. Gotta chime in on this. As a nation and as a world power America has never been the charitable, kindly entity it projects to its citizens, I learned that through the Vietnam experience. Even the “savior” image of world war 2 was only after being attacked. Prior to Pearl Harbor multiple human rights groups implored the USA to step up to the plate and we did not. However, I always have believed the people of America are much greater, much more enlightened than the government which represents them. Today, I’m not even sure of that anymore. Trump’s deplorables have come out of the woodwork and I am truly aghast by what I hear and see. Your blog and the comments give me hope that enlightenment has not lost the battle. Thanks. And like you, there is not much I would die for.

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    • Larrypaulbrown,

      1. Thank you for your service. As Country Joe said I doubt you knew what you were fighting for, I doubt you wanted to fight, I doubt you had a choice.
      2. The Red-White-Blue is and always has been a marketing slogan which Trump used perfectly to rally his “patriots”. It harkens back to a time of power and strength that honestly we should put behind us. The world doesn’t need a superpower not us, Russia or China. The world has grown too small to have a couple of powerful bullies.
      3. I have thought a lot about the election recently. My Buddhist hues tell me that maybe our country had moved to far from the center, the middle path, over the last eight years. We don’t have a mechanism, or a political party, in place to keep us centered we either move to far to the left or right. Now we are moving right. We will have to see how far right we move from the center over the next four years. My best guess is probably not as far right if someone like Pence was elected President. Maybe the “enlightenment” we are looking for is that party, group, individual, whatever that moves this country closer to the center and keeps us there. We have a group of young adults (my children included) that have never experienced a Republican President or mandate, it may be a real eye opener for them and they may never want to go back to it.
      4. I am always happy when I write something that makes you want to chime in. Your insight is very valuable to me and to others that read my post.
      5. Keep your head up and have a wonderful 2017.

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