Whether a Civilization Endures is Determined by How it Confronts Evil

On Monday, I read about a Syrian woman who was accused by ISIS of adultery and sentenced to death by stoning.  The barbarians carried out the punishment until they thought she was dead. She miraculously survived and attempted to flee.  As one of the savages turned to shoot her, an Islamist jurist intervened and declared that it was God’s will and let her go.  This was an anomaly.

On Tuesday, I read about a Syrian man that ISIS threw off the roof of a building for being a homosexual.  He too survived his initial punishment.  But rather than invoke God’s will, the cheering mob of barbarians waiting for him on the ground proceeded to stone him to death.

Shortly thereafter, we learned that ISIS burned alive the Jordanian pilot being held captive.  And while the civilized world experienced feelings of disgust, sadness, and anger, the animals responsible for the atrocity set up movie screens across the city for cheering crowds to view and celebrate.

Civilized human beings are incapable of fathoming these atrocities. Some of us, however, are wondering why the Commander-in-Chief of the world’s policemen (formerly known as the United States military) has enabled this cancer to metastasize, and now is allowing the violence to occur over and over again with little intervention.

Where is civilized man in response to terrorist brutalities and violence not seen since the Holocaust?  Michelle Obama’s reaction to the kidnapping of hundreds of Nigerian girls by Boko Haram was to promote a photo of herself holding a sign with the tweet #BringBackOurGirls.  ISIS found this so amusing that it photo-shopped the image and retweeted the photo with Michelle holding a sign that read #BringBackOurHumvees.  (ISIS was making fun of their successful seizure of a shipment of U.S. Humvees in Iraq.) 

Iraq is the country that Obama handed over to ISIS and Iran to fight over. In doing so, he abandoned the Iraqi people who had helped us win that war before he snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.  The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies’ Thomas Joscelyn observed that ISIS’

mass executions of Iraqi soldiers undoubtedly helped convince Iraqi forces to retreat form the fight during the summer of 2014, when the Islamic State overran Mosul and other areas.  The result was that the jihadists got stronger – until, that is, the U.S. and its allies decided they had to act.

Joscelyn observed that while Obama’s air strikes will not defeat ISIS, ISIS uses these grotesque executions to scare off coalition participants. Joscelyn also observed that the “sadistic videos” might actually backfire in terms of garnering support for their cause.

But is it possible that these videos -- of beheadings, stonings, tossing people off of buildings, and burning prisoners alive -- will have an anesthetic effect as well?  Will those of us in the civilized world become numb to these horrific acts and human suffering that the wicked cause?

For decades after the Holocaust the phrase “Never again!” emanated from the lips of people of nations all over the world.  Seventy years after the liberation of Auschwitz, cries of “Go back to the Ovens!” “Hitler was right!” and “Death to Jews!” are commonplace on the streets of the world’s most civilized cities from London and Paris to Sydney and New York.

U.S. college campuses have become breeding grounds for anti-Semitism.  Most recently at University of California, Davis, as they voted on a resolution in support of a boycott of Israel, activist students shouted “Allahu Akbar” at Jewish students.  Swastikas were painted on the Jewish  AEPi fraternity house and tweets were sent declaring, “Hamas & Sharia law have taken over UC Davis” and “Israel will fall insha’Allah.”

It is not just the barbarians in the deserts of the Middle East who are a danger to civilization, propagating evil and dangerous messages of murder and hate. This “bankrupt” ideology as Obama calls it is finding a home in the United States.  No, we are not seeing people burned alive -- yet, but the occasional honor crime is perpetrated and sporadic terrorist attacks are attempted on these shores.  Are Americans becoming complacent to the violence in our midst?

Obama certainly appears to be.  In the fight of good versus evil, he is siding with evil. From Turkey’s Erdogan to Venezuela’s Chavez and Syria’s Assad, Obama came into office with a bevy of new BFFs who were very bad men.  And we just learned that on the heels of chumming up to the Castro brothers in Cuba, he is beginning a reach out to North Korea. 

But the icing on the cake is the nuclear negotiations taking place with Iran. Ensuring that the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism will acquire nuclear weapons despite promises of annihilating Israel, encouraging hatred of America on its streets, and threatening every Sunni Arab in the region, Obama is perpetuating evil rather than fighting it.

There is a reason that the vast majority of Americans support Israel.  She is on the frontlines of the war against fundamentalist Islam, she is the sole democracy in the region and a strategic ally, and she represents all of the good in God’s world.  She is, in fact, a miracle, and her citizens recognize and appreciate their responsibility in ensuring her survival.

And that includes her prime minister who is being attacked from the left in the media and in Washington for accepting an invitation from Speaker Boehner to address Congress regarding the existential threat posed by a nuclear Iran. One of the reasons that the attacks are so abhorrent is that they are based on a trumped up lie that the White House was not consulted about the invitation. But they are also wrong because Netanyahu is leading the fight against evil in the face of an American president who is bowing to it.

The left is suffering a serious psychosis that has resulted in its inability to distinguish right from wrong. As Democrats consider boycotting Netanyahu’s speech, they are jumping on the BDS movement’s pro-terrorist agenda. While the left has led this movement, will mainstream Democrats also boycott Israel while allowing Iran to go nuclear?

The dichotomy between Obama and Netanyahu does not just go to leadership skills.  It goes to the very core of the fight for the survival of the Western world – civilization versus barbarism, good versus evil.  And Obama has chosen the wrong side basically arming the barbarians with the most lethal weaponry known to mankind, giving them free rein to infiltrate the region and expand their hegemonic intentions, and writing the death sentences of untold numbers of human lives.

Netanyahu’s speech before Congress is timed to overlap with his speech before AIPAC’s annual policy conference in March.  Three years ago, Netanyahu spoke to that group and proclaimed

Israel must always have the ability to defend itself — by itself — against any threats... My friends, we deeply appreciate the great alliance between our two countries, but when it comes to Israel’s survival, we must always remain the masters of our fate.

He went on to invoke the remembrance of the Holocaust as he stated,  “Never again will … the Jewish people be powerless and supplicants for our fate and our very survival. Never again.”

The Jewish people who live in Israel (as opposed to those who live in America and who voted for Obama en masse twice) understand the enemy in their midst.  They also understand that after millennia of persecution, torture, slavery, and murder, complacency in the face of evil is dangerous and fatal.

On the other hand, Obama and the leftists beating the anti-Israel, kumbaya, give peace a chance mantras are clueless as to the threats to the survival of Western civilization.  And shockingly, the videos that the barbarians thrive on presenting to an elitist populace of irrationally tolerant infidel disbelievers are not shaking them out of their comfortable slumber. Ignorance may be bliss -- but it’s dangerous.

While Obama and Secretary of State Kerry claim that ISIS has nothing whatsoever to do with Islam, the group that titled their video of the burning of the Jordanian pilot with a quote from the Qur’an just beheaded an Iraqi priest under Sharia law. The murderous savages who crucify, burn, and bury women and children alive do so in the name of Allah.  From ISIS and al Qaeda to Hamas and Hezb’allah, these 7th century barbarians celebrate death by handing out candies and cheering in the streets, by training their children to become mass murderers, and by screaming Allahu Akbar as they kill.

Thankfully, we have some leaders willing to fight.  In addition to Netanyahu, Jordan’s King Abdullah carried out his first airstrike on ISIS on Wednesday evening.  Perhaps a Jordan/Saudi/Israel alliance will stop a nuclear Iranian hegemon from forming. We can only hope and pray, for we know that the president who compares himself to Abraham Lincoln, a wartime president, keeps running as far as he can from confrontation with radical Islam. And his failure to recognize this evil is beginning to define us as a civilization.

Albert Einstein surmised, “I do not believe that civilization will be wiped out in a war fought with the atomic bomb. Perhaps two-thirds of the people of the earth will be killed.”  Future civilizations that rise up from the ash heap of history will look back in wonderment analyzing how we allowed evil to win. The answer to that puzzle begins with Barack Obama and his Democrat colleagues.

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