The Camel and the Tent
by Ben Kinchlow
There is a powerful Middle Eastern proverb we would do well to observe. I learned it during four USAF tours in the Middle East. "Never let a camel get his nose in the tent". If he gets his nose in, he will get his head in? if he gets his head in, he will get his hump in? if he gets his hump in, he will get his rump in? and soon you will have a camel in your tent. No nose?no camel in the tent. America must stop the camel at the tent entrance. How?
First and last, we must recognize that all non-Democratic/Republic forms of government and dictatorships hate the U.S. precisely because of who and what we are. Religion is merely the guise used to manipulate desperate people for the ends purposed by a small cadre of fanatical "leaders" who themselves are "too important" to "the cause", and are more likely "too intelligent" to become human bombs.
The trillions of U.S. dollars spent in a variety of philanthropic endeavors, including feeding the starving, rebuilding infrastructures, propping up "moderate, friendly to the West" governments, rescue operations, and just plain gifts have resulted in nothing but insult added to injury. Get used to it, even the "moderate" dictators hate us. America will never be loved, or worse, respected, as long as these governments and their hired terrorist thugs think we can be spat upon with impunity.
Whether we like it or not, whether we sought it or not, the simple fact is? America is the only remaining true superpower in the world, including the pretenders to the title, Russia and China. We are the big dog on the block, and we'd better start acting like it, or we invite additional terror attacks, like the WTC, or worse. The nose is in the tent, America.
So what do various apologists suggest? Well, "to go in and do what needs to be done might make some Muslims unhappy" and "generate a war that would last for years". As I understand it, their position, roughly translated, is? "let America, once again, simply tuck our tails between our legs, lick our wounds, and put another $500 million U.S. into the pockets of the corrupt governments that harbor these terrorist murderers."
We must ask ourselves a sobering question. Does anyone really want to stop terrorism, except maybe the families of the victims? To everyone else these deaths are statistics? tragic, but mere statistics, nonetheless. We can stop terrorist activities; and, we can do it permanently without the risk of any so-called "Muslim war". We can save hundreds of billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars, thousands of American lives, restore American prestige, and establish America as the one country no terrorist would dare approach again. Would we be criticized for so doing? Yes. We would probably receive about as much criticism as we do today. Would we be attacked by a horde of Muslim warriors? Not even. The attacks would come in the form of "harsh editorials" from our own U.S. liberal news media, and countries dependent upon the U.S. for our Armed Forces and our trade dollars. Additional attacks would come as "resolutions" passed in the United Nations by those who depend upon the U.S. assessments to pay for the continued operation of the UN.
In the book of Deuteronomy, God outlines those things He forbids for Israel. The response of those charged with administering justice seems harsh on the surface. "If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son? his mother and father?. shall say unto the elders of his city, 'He will not obey'? and all the men of his city shall stone him with stones that he die." The purpose is to this end? "So shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear and fear." (Deut. 21:18-21)
America must respond to this attack of rogue individuals and nations in similar fashion. Let there remain no question that the consequence of an assault on America is a price no nation can afford