[November 1, 2023] Since the Hamas terror attacks on Israel almost a month ago, there has been much written about what sparked the massacres. Many in our media are quick to point out that there are always two sides to the story, and they go out of their way to inject Palestinian grievances whenever they can. But there is something more fundamental going on here, which is the reason for today’s article. I’ll begin with a few random thoughts about the world.
A common and long-running theme among globalists, media pundits, think-tankers, academics (including students), Western philosophers, and psychologists is that our worldly moral mission must include peace among nations and at any cost. A corollary theme is that any war or violence must inevitably result from an oppressor and an oppressed (a growing neo-Marxist idea). Therefore, it follows that oppressed people are always right, and the oppressor is always wrong. They conclude that we are morally obligated to side with the oppressed.
This neo-Marxist ideology is overly simplistic and wrong. That experiment in social engineering was proven wrong in the 20th century with over 100 million deaths piled upon such thinking. But, it’s attractive because to believe the narrative means you have to do nothing but oppose “the West” to be a moral person.
I’ve lived in over 20 countries and spoken with hundreds of senior leaders, diplomats, politicians, and intellectuals of many nations over the last 50 years. My friends call me a “world realist.” I’m not sure what they mean, but I understand they want to label me to understand better where I’m coming from. Sometimes they say I’m a political conservative. I like Realist better. What I did for the U.S. military was to look at macro trends and analyze why things were the way they were. Most of the time, my ideas were accepted and incorporated into lengthy, dry, detailed analyses that pointed to locations that were the most unstable and were likely to erupt into violence. Some call it strategic thinking. I called it common sense.
Here is one idea that no one seems to be talking about today. The major dividing line developing worldwide puts people roughly into two very distinct cultural camps. The first are those who support the violent attacks on Israel and see these actions as necessary and the result of slavery, occupation, racism, and other isms that are best associated with the oppressor/oppressed narrative. The second camp is those who support Israel and the developed Western world associated with voluntary Democracies.
And this dividing line is becoming more distinct each day. Neither side can see the other side’s view. Naturally, a change may occur in the next few years, but I doubt it. The line is broader and deeper every day. We see demonstrations across the world against Israel. But Israel is just a convenient target. The real target is Western values.
Am I part of this divide? Yes, we all are part of it, whether we choose it or not. There is no fence-sitting. Either you support the Hamas effort to kill all Jews, or you oppose it. Either you support the destruction of Western values, or you oppose it. First, they came for the Jews. Then, they will come for Christianity. Then, they will come for America. Without America, the world as we know it is doomed.
The question that is difficult to answer is, what is next? Will the war widen? Will neighbor oppose neighbor? Will there be more death and destruction? The answer is most emphatically ‘yes.’ The degree to which this happens is unknown. But it is a known unknown. We know it’s coming but don’t know how bad it will get before one side wins. These two ideas cannot exist simultaneously.
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