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Ken Marques
By Ken Marques, Manson, Wa
Practical thoughts on faith, politics and community
Saturday, September 29, 2012

Lacking Consequences

Ken Marques

What are the consequences for those who purpose to destroy life and liberty? What do those in Islamic nations who commit horrendous acts including murder of American citizens receive in return for their behavior? Where are the consequences?

Unfortunately, our current president and administration respond to acts of undeclared war (a declaration by a group of people rather than the acting government of a nation) with empty words and apologies for whatever the role of the United States may have had to provoke the violence. Obama and his administration, ignore the obvious and bow to share the blame for others irrational behavior. The problem I see with this approach is there is little or no consequence for the leaders of these nations whom we support financially.

The president and his staff accept the excuse that new leaders in Islamic nations have a steep learning curve and that we must be patient. Time is the answer, so they say, before civility can take hold. What our leaders fail to consider is that many of these Islamic nations have a long history of being influenced by emotion and rigid religious laws that have little to do with fairness, compassion and reasoned justice. Many of the Islamic nations exist in tribal societies with either war lords or religious zealots as leaders. There is a deep misconception of America engrained in their minds from childhood. The youth are taught that Americans are to blame for most of the unrest, lawlessness and poverty. The vast majority of the uneducated and uniformed populace has been told by their religious leadership... "America and Israel are the devil and must be destroyed."

A strategy of appeasement through apology and gifts of cash are not effective; nor will they ever be with a people just described. Weakness on our part emboldens these people to further violence. Violence is "power" and the only power they have to support their need for recognition, self worth and religious belief. The current United States foreign policies lack courage and strength. We cannot effectively influence others to prosperity and peace with weakness, apologies and hand outs. We cannot support weak, marginal leaders to make a difference in their societies when they lack the courage to build a free and law abiding society. Few if any of these marginal leaders ever succeed. Eventually, the power they have is used to protect themselves and their personal interests. Greed and corruption are the result and the cycle continues.

Dire consequences are more effective than mere words, apologies and empty threats. Economic sanctions are not a powerful persuader. Economic sanctions mostly effect the already poor and powerless. The wealthy and the leadership somehow get what they need in spite of sanctions. The consequences I suggest should be aimed directly at the leadership.

First and foremost our nation's leaders must learn that we cannot "buy" democracy for other nations. The rule of law is born out of respect not hate. A nation who fosters hate will never accept that each life is precious. Hate cannot sustain acts of kindness, generosity and forgiveness. A free society based upon mutual respect, the rule of law and freedom to make choices (democracy) must protect these beliefs within and outside its borders. "Strength" with consequences must be levied on those who attack our way of life with violence and destruction.

Our leaders are failing us! They believe they can negotiate with those who hate us. Our leaders are either naive or just don't have the fortitude to fight "full on" (to win) for our freedom. Every enemy that we have encountered in our history has been defeated by our might and determination to protect our liberty. This new enemy can also be defeated...but not with words! The enemy is the leadership (presidents, mullahs, clerics and administrators) of those nations who spew hate. These enemies must taste the horrible consequences of their failure to build a civil society. When our leadership musters the guts to fight to "win" we may have a chance at a prolonged peace. Our current band-aid approach of appeasement will lead to our destruction. What a shame...we have two enemies...the ones who hate us from abroad and those who govern us with timidity and naiveté. What part of "America and Israel are the devil and must be destroyed" do you not understand Mr. President?

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