Today, I am 61. It seems old, yet, at the same time, young. I don’t feel 61, and most people probably will tell you I don’t “act my age”. I’m much more immature than others half my age, lol.
I am, though, old enough to remember a good bit of modern history, from a first-hand, or near enough, perspective, and find myself mourning the current trend of denying objective, historical events, even when said events are beyond well-documented. I mourn objectivity and a rush to believe complete and utter bullshit, and mourn having to watch people propagate the most outrageous crap as “truth”.
Examples of this abound.
Just today, I saw several posts on my timeline trumpeting that the 9/11 attacks were fake, that they were a Jewish conspiracy, a US government conspiracy, an Israeli conspiracy, and other, similar claims. To say that I’m astounded would be an understatement. No one who watched those towers falling, whether on tv or in person, should have any doubt what actually happened that day. Nor should there be any doubt, whatsoever, about who was responsible, and it wasn’t the Jews, the Israelis, the government, or anyone other than Al Quaida and their myriad supporters around the world, including, sadly, many people in countries we consider allies, and, especially, the Iranian regime. I also am astounded at the number of people who deny that the holocaust existed, or who believe that somehow, Israel “stole” the land and country of the Palestinians, when even a cursory examination of history books would reveal that such a state never existed, and much of the Arab population that existed in what is now Israel in 1948 consisted of fairly recent immigrants to the area from other Arab states. But, who cares about historical accuracy when it’s easier to just hate the Jews, and shout “Palestine will be free, from the River to the Sea”, as if that promotes a 2 state solution rather than genocide against the Jews of Israel.
Watching the reactions, live, of people around the Muslim world dancing in the streets, passing out candy, and celebrating the deaths of almost 3,000 Americans on 9/11/2001, made me question the sanity of the world, and the passing years since then have made me question it even more.
Today, we find ourselves on the brink of a “deal” with that same Iranian regime, which hasn’t softened an iota in their goals for us. Those goals include extermination of Israel, forcible conversion of all “infidels” to their version of Islam, and essentially, subjugation and hegemony of the world, starting with the Middle East.
Sadly, our “leaders” have forgotten 9/11, and have turned this “deal” from a question of right vs. wrong, our way of life vs. theirs, into a political freak show designed to demonstrate loyalty to party, rather than loyalty to our country and its citizens, and, to our allies in the Middle East who will be inordinately threatened by the implementation of this deal.
There is a war between “Radical Islam” and the West. Wishing won’t make it go away. Appeasement won’t make it go away. Isolationism won’t make it go away. Paying off the Iranians won’t make it go away.
We have substituted morality and the strength and courage of our convictions for political expediency, and fans of the president and his party have eagerly lapped it up like mother’s milk.
This is a dark day in our history. As George Santayana said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”. Our obstinate refusal to pay attention to the lessons of history are making it more and more likely that the next war, instead of being short and against a weaker opponent, will be against a powerhouse of the Middle East, well-armed, with nuclear weapons and a willingness to use them, and with a fanatical hatred of our way of life.
The focus on partisanship that rages in our government today, and the president’s obscene focus on his “legacy” as a “peacemaker”, will, I’m afraid, ultimately condemn us to a very long, costly, nasty, and horrendous war that could have been avoided, or at least minimized. There is no escaping this conflict – it is growing in intensity every day, throughout the Middle East, spilling over into Europe, now awash in Muslim immigrants, “no-go zones” in Muslim neighborhoods, protests around the world demanding the destruction of Israel and annihilation of the Jews, and denouncing the US, always. And, what do we do? Give them more money. Ignore what is right in front of our face. Pretend that giving the beast small bites will prevent it from trying to eat us when it grows too large to be sustained by small bites anymore.
Shame on us and shame on our lawmakers for ignoring history, and shame on us for letting it happen. Our not so distant ancestors, who fought wars in the name of freedom, must be rolling over in their graves, watching us throw away the freedoms for which they paid so dearly in blood.
All in all, 9/11 is a hell of a birthday.