I have a friend, who is probably a genius in more ways that one. He can think rings around me and for that I like him. I enjoy people who are smarter than me. Yet when it comes to politics, I have trouble understanding how his mind seems to stop working. I am not saying this because he belongs to another political party, no; it is the way he reacts on certain issues, instead of responding in a manner that would invite some sort of dialogue. I have come away from some discussions’ disturbed, if truth be told.
We were talking about Israel a while back and again, I never seem to learn, I was surprised and appalled in how he expressed his distained for Israel. He wants us to withdraw all support from Israel and back up the demands of the more radical neighbors who state that they seek only the complete annihilation of the Israeli state. He believes that they are too aggressive (The Jews) and are the only ones at fault in what is happening in that part of the world.
So this time I asked him to think upon this scenario. It went like this. We both live in the state Georgia in the United States. So I said, think of Georgia as being a country, and the surrounding states are sovereign states who may have some issues with one another, even wars, but are united, for the most part in their hatred of our country. That they only want our total destruction, there is no middle ground….at least for some of the more radical countries. How would that affect us as a society? Then think that the majority of the population in Georgia, were Roman Catholic, and has a history of being hated and persecuted for centuries. Not only that but our people were killed by the millions during a world war…..how would that affect our mentality, yours and mine and our society? Then, what if we had nuclear capabilities? Needed for self preservation of our society, as well as having a superior fighting force, more disciplined than our enemies, brought about because we know that no one will come to our recue if we are attacked by our enemies…. again who seek only our destruction? I don’t think that our being defensive in our approach would be paranoia at all. For what if there was one country that said that they would support us, but in reality a certain segment of the population were in fact our enemies? It is not a situation that I would wish on any country. Then add to the fact that we are small in population and our country is little to begin with in land mass.
My friend just looked at me and told me to go to hell and walked out of the room. I don’t understand how an intelligent man, can’t see the situation of Israel, how they are backed into a tiny corner, with no room to turn at all. Perhaps one day they will use a nuclear device as a last ditch effort to survive. I think that is a real possibility. Even if I did not like the state of Israel, I would support them for the sake of peace and to offset a nuclear incident.
I fact I love Israel. The Jewish people have suffered a great deal in the past, and I can understand their defensive attitude, their army and their weapons. In many ways they are alone. As a people, small in number, they have done more for the human race than any others social entity. In science, philosophy, religion and art, they have excelled and made this world a better place I believe. Is the Jewish nation perfect? Of course not….Have they make mistakes? Yes, but can anyone tell me they would do differently if on a daily basis the lives of their wife’s and children are threatened. I know my answer. If I were Jewish I would be over in Israel. Their identity survived for 2,000 years when they were dispersed, even when persecuted and killed by so called Christian peoples, they are a special people and we should be thankful for their existence. If not for religious reasons, then for secular, philosophical and artistic ones, for sure; for truly they are a gift to the human race I believe.
Sorry for the rant. There is an old saying, ‘Hold your friends close, but your enemies closer”. In the case with radicals Muslims, if you hold them close, they will only gut you. Don’t forget, radical Muslims also want our destruction as well. Am I being paranoid, I don’t think so. Also I don’t lump all Muslims into the radical category. I know Muslims that are appalled at what is going on and feel despair over were this will lead for them. I believe the ride is going to get much rougher before it gets better. We are a primitive, tribal, violent species, who have weapons that we may be to young to have. I think as a species we are 13 years old with way too much testosterone for our own good.
Edited by markdohle, 26 November 2013 - 02:03 PM.