You know, when I read something like this (or hear something like this) from a kid that has his whole life ahead of him, it makes me very sad. To think that the world that I knew when I was his age, is gone. Oh yes, we had the USSR, Vietnam, and other hostile regimes in our day. They gave us headaches and tried our resolve. The world was just as uncertain, at that time; and we questioned whether or not there would be a decent world to grow up into and make lives for ourselves. But when I see what we face today, when I see the depths and the breadths this enemy will go to just to kill an American or a Jew, it really does bum me out.
These kids do not deserve this, not our kids, and not the ones that the enemy is teaching jihad to, either. They deserve a chance at a world that will accept them, teach them, and help them realize their potentials. They do not deserve to be exposed to the evil deeds of a doctrine of hate, not on the receiving end and not on the giving end. But they are.
The question is, what are we going to do about it?
Look at this famous quote:
"My good friends, for the second time in our history, a British Prime Minister has returned from Germany bringing peace with honour. I believe it is peace for our time...Go home and get a nice quiet sleep."
So said Neville Chamberlain after signing the Munich Agreement with Hitler, in 1938. Not even a year later, Hitler marched his forces into Poland.
I know that I am not the first person to compare this event with today's situation. And I do not expect that this is some new revelation, to anyone that knows anything about WWII. But I have been on this blog for 18 months now. I have been saying the same thing for the same amount of time, over and over again.
We are at war. Israel is at war. No amount of negotiations will prevent it, because the enemy cares nothing about peace.
Many people do not accept this as WWIII. I expect the anti-war left to not accept it. Even some that support the war on terror, have not come to grips with this fact yet. But now that Newt Gingrich went on Meet The Press yesterday and called it such, all of a sudden, there's a few light bulbs that just lit up. There seems to be some level of amazement that this could possibly be true. The media is abuzz with this proclamation by the former Speaker, and preoccupied that Bush said the s--- word. Well, big sh*t.
A little over a year ago, I posted Struggling For Words, which linked to an essay entitled, "A Short History Of WWIII", written in March 2003. Many of you that read me now may have not read it. Many of you will probably not read it now. But if you haven't, you owe it to yourself to read it. It's a bit long and exhaustive, but it shows just how long this war has been going on, right under everyone's nose.
I realize that many will not understand it, will try to parse it, and explain away some stark realities. Some will even ignore it altogether. But it doesn't change anything, it's still there. It will not go away. Whether a person gets it or not, will not change the reality of the situation. Why? I cannot say for a certainty. Frankly, it puzzles the hell out of me. But one thing I do know for sure, Israel gets it.