When I was a child my parents taught me specific things that were to carry over into adulthood and become building blocks for the foundation of my life’s standards. Things like honesty, integrity, loyalty to God and country, loyalty to family and friends, and to never be mean to those who have less or are smaller than you. If you can’t play nice, then don’t play. These were all good lessons that, if employed, would and did bring balance into my life. Unfortunately, it seems not everyone’s mother taught them these same guidelines, especially that of being loyal to one’s friends.
Case in point, the relationship between Israel, our only true friend in the Middle East as well as the only real democracy, and the United States.
Since the re-birth of Israel on November 29, 1947, by vote of the United Nations, the United States has stood with her; we’ve applauded her growth, her maturity, and her amazing ability to stand against all odds. When other nations attacked Israel, as seems to be their favorite past time, we’ve not interfered with Israel’s right to defend herself. In fact, we’ve even been known to supply weapons and emergency assistance, whenever necessary. In doing so, our own country has also grown and prospered.
The tide has changed now. Under the current administration it appears that any enemy of Israel has to be an accepted friend of ours. In the last year, many Middle Eastern administrations – dictatorships if you will – have been toppled; some rightfully so. While they might not have been the most socially acceptable governments, they, for the most part, were at least fearful enough of what might happen if they messed with Israel that they refrained from doing so. Now, we see these governments, wobbly as they are, under the tutelage of the Muslim Brotherhood with what limited freedoms that were once there being completely strangled out by this repressive regime of hatred.
Other governments of the Middle East are standing on the brink of annihilation as crowds of freedom seekers are being fanned into action by that same Muslim Brotherhood. We stand by and watch silently as their citizens are murdered in the streets by the armies of the ancestral dictators, shaking our heads and giving a ‘tut-tut’ warning of no strength. These nations know we’ll not bother to be involved or intervene; we’ll merely shake our heads and listen to the sounds of the tele-prompter as it whirrs out another speech.
A strong army “is the only guarantee of peace,” Benjamin Netanyhu, Israel’s Prime Minister told his cabinet in their weekly meeting, “and Israel’s only defense if peace unravels.” While Israel stands alone in the face of an ever-growing tsunami of hatred, she prepares for war knowing full well that she will have to strike before the wolves become completely nuclear capable. Time is of the essence. If we – the United States of America – turn our backs and refuse to stand with Israel, then how can we expect our once great nation to ever recover.