The other day I heard a former FBI agent saying in an interview on TV that we are just going to have to get used to attacks on innocents at schools and in malls. We are just going to have to get used to marauding mobs of killers looting and killing at will. We also have to expect so-called lone wolfs bent on jihad. This, he surmises, is the new normal. What do you think? Is this the new normal? In fact is there anything normal about this sort of activity?
What if, after the attack on Pearl Harbor, we just resigned ourselves to the fact that this was going to be the new normal? What if, when the Nazis bombed England, the rest of the free world just threw up their hands and conceded that this was just going to happen? If we had we would be speaking Japanese or German today.
But no. We didn’t throw our hands up and surrender to the evil in the world. We fought back. We fought back and destroyed those who tried to dominate the world. We faced enemies that many thought were invincible. We faced odds that many thought were impossible. We took the fight to them and took the fight out of them.
We had leaders then who were willing to deal with the reality of the situation. In fact two of my favorite Democrats possessed the leadership qualities necessary to get the job done, Roosevelt and Truman. They had a military with leaders like Eisenhower and MacArthur willing and able to lead our troops as well as our allies into the battles that brought about an end of the tyranny of the evil doers.
Of course that didn’t end wars. Wars continue to happen. It was Shakespeare who said in his play “Julius Caesar” through a soliloquy by Marc Anthony, “The evil that men do lives after them. The good is oft interred with their bones.” There is still evil in the world. Evil lives on after evildoers die. As long as one person wants the possessions of another or the land of another or who believes his view of religion is the only view allowed, there will continue to be wars.
What then is our role? How do we deal with this evil? Do we just resign ourselves to the massacres? Or do we decide to stand up and fight? This evil is not going to go away of its own accord. The radical Islamist jihad against the free world will end when we end it. It will end when we take the fight out of them. It will end when they see that there is no hope for their ridiculous plan of worldwide domination.
Somebody recently said that there are over a billion Muslims in the world. We can’t kill them all. That’s right but we don’t have to kill them all. We didn’t have to kill all of the Japanese. We just had to show them the folly of their fight. All of the Japanese were not at war with us. All Muslims are not at war with us. We just need to discourage the few who want to kill us.
In the final analysis it is up to us. We will not find security by sticking our heads in the sand or anywhere else dark and forbidding. We need to face the facts and deal with the reality. The jihad declared by the radical Muslims will end only when we end it.