Telling The Next Guy

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This was one for the books today.


Obama tells Trump that he needs to stand up to Putin (i.e. don’t wimp out)!

Uh, who’s the guy who has been in office the last 8 years? 


An during those years, our standing and national security has suffered from disengagement and utter weakness at virtually every turn of the globe. 


– We let red lines be violated in Syria and watched our Ambassador murdered in Libya


– Russia expanded into Georgia, Ukraine, and Syria, and now it’s looking to Cuba and Vietnam.


– China has been rapidly militarizing into the South China Sea and expanding it’s economic influence in Africa.


– We made the “worst deal in history” in Iran that allows them to eventually go nuclear!


North Korea continues to expand it’s nuclear arsenal and ballistic missile technology. 


– The Philippines told the President to “go to h*ll” and threatens to break from the U.S. militarily. 


– U.S. backed off support for democracy in Egypt after the military coup that overthrew Morsi


Venezuela expelled our top diplomat and 2 other embassy officials ratcheting up hostilities with the U.S. 


Cyberattacks have plagued the U.S. and we haven’t been able to defend ourselves. 


ISIS has demonstrated success and our strategy has not made them less dangerous and lethal. 


– After years of mounting terrorism, our leaders still refuse to even say the words, “radical Islam.”


I’m not sure why people are so tempted to give advice and preach to others, when they themselves have so many failings. 


I think it’s certainly okay to humbly share our experiences and lessons learned if we have any. 


But perhaps when you don’t have the best record on something, as they old saying goes, you should refrain from throwing large stones in your very fragile glass houses!


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Reform The Movement

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So was very glad to read this week about a top Sunni cleric who called for educational reform to combat “extremist violence.”


Sheik Ahmend al-Tayeb, a grand imam in Cairo said “corrupt interpretations” of the Koran and of Muhammad was leading to a rise of Middle East-based terrorism. 


This to hopefully stem the flow of what is now being reported as 20,000 foreign fighters flocking to join ISIS


What is amazing here is that good Muslim people are recognizing the problem with radicalization, extremism, and violence and are speaking out. 


Yet, many of our own leaders in the Western world still refuse to say the dirty words “Islamic terrorism.”


The President saying instead: “No religion is responsible for terrorism–people are responsible for violence and terrorism.


So perhaps, according to this “logic,” no movement is responsible for what their people do–only the individuals are?


And therefore, accordingly, the Nazis would not be responsible for the Holocaust, nor America for Slavery, nor Communism for political purges, oppression, and violation of human rights, etc. etc. 


…in which case, there would be no apologies, no regrets, no reparations, no museums, no memorials, nothing–because this was just some individuals doing some bad things and those individuals are may no longer even be here with us. 


Doesn’t this ignore the very basic and fundamental fact that when the masses follow a movements’ (genuine or distorted) ideological teachings of hatred, racism, and discrimination, and the people act nefariously on this, then does not the movement itself hold some responsibility for the murderous and evil actions committed based on their doctrine?


The Sheik who denounced terror and called for changes to the education in the Muslim community is recognizing what apparently many of our own leaders refuse to, which is that they–and we–are responsible for what is taught and tolerated in our communities. 


As Peggy Noonan recently wrote, “The reality is that the Islamic State is…very Islamic.


Currently, we are fighting a war on radical Islamic terrorism…whether that terror is committed on Charlie Hebdo, a Jewish grocery store, or the World Trade Centers. 


That does not mean that tomorrow, we are not fighting against some other movement’s treachery. 


This is why good people everywhere must stand up and speak out when they see religions, governments, institutions, or other movements preach and teach lies, hatred, and terror. 


Bad (or hijacked good) movements drive bad actors…so we must not only go after the bad guys, but also hold the movements themselves to account.


We must demand that the lies and distortions be called out for what they are and that truth and virtue be held up in its place. 😉


(Source Photo: here with attribution to Front Page Magazine)