Are we SCARED Yet?

We have 8 billion of us Muslim Americans in this country and I don’t see them represented here. But my question is how can we fight an ideological war with weapons. How can we ever end this war…the jihadist ideology that you talk about, how can we ever win this thing if we don’t address it ideologically?
Saba Ahmed – Law student at an American University, on a Heritage Foundation Panel-

Now this is a good question folks, but I have to say, even though the media pushed this as mocking this student, the answer was equally as good, and used historical context to make the answer great. The panelist of the Heritage Foundation who gave the answer was Bridget Gabriel Here is what she said:

Ms Gabriel not only used logic to answer this lady, she used common sense. It is like I have said many times folks. Forget your past and you are doomed to repeat it. And sadly, we are forgetting our past. Too quickly for words.

God Bless America
God Bless our Troops
God Bless us all to use our common sense.


About Robert P. Garding

I am a Reagan Conservative, who is very alarmed at the Liberals who have just lost their majority over our government, but continue to act like it never happened. They have to be stopped. NOW or even sooner.
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2 Responses to Are we SCARED Yet?

  1. Scared? Robert, I am terrified.
    Let me first say that I support Israel’s right to exist as a nation and to defend herself against those who would destroy her. I also agree we are forgetting our past. I disagree with the statement that Ms Gabriel used logic and common sense in answering the question posed by Saba Ahmed at the Heritage event a few weeks ago.
    What everyone seems to be missing, is that Gabriel’s answer is unresponsive to the question asked. Saba Ahmed’s question was a great question and deserves a better answer than she got.
    Garbiel does make some good points in the facts she presents about the comparative few who did huge amounts of unconscionable evil at several points of history. But she did not answer the question asked, which was how does one fight a war of ideologies, ideas, with bullets.

    Even if Israel kills every single member of Hamas in Gaza, the ideas that Hamas represents will be alive in those outside of Gaza. With approximately 1.2 billion Muslims in the world, and 8 million in the US, how are you going to defeat an idea? Bullets do not win wars; what they do is force those exchanging bullets with one another to sit down and exchange ideas at some point, when it becomes too costly to continue shooting bullets, rockets and even worse weapons at one another. However, if one side has a high tolerance for loss of life and the other side a low tolerance, they will not be able to easily come to a point where both sides wish to talk instead of shooting bullets. Hamas is willing to spend the lives of children defending their world view, which does not include a Jewish state or any religion other than their particular sect of Islam. Each of them is willing to die for their idea of freedom. Israel is fighting for the lives of every person in the country, and for the existence of the country itself. Both sides seem to have a high tolerance for loss of life. Is Israel prepared to kill that many people? A way has to be found to bring the various leaders to the table to talk, to engage in heated debate if necessary, so a solution can be found that allows Israel to exist that does not require the extermination of over 1 billion Muslims.
    The ‘average’ Muslim may not be, and most likely is not, this radical in their beliefs. Perhaps the ‘average’ Israeli is not either. The leadership of both groups is not necessarily representative of the ‘average’ individual. Leaders tend to be a bit extreme in their beliefs and goals.
    Remember back in 1776, when 56 men signed their names to a piece of paper separating 13 loosely allied colonies from the Mother Country? They were willing to die for their ideas of freedom, justice, and self0governance; they were willing to spend their lives and the lives of their children to achieve their goal. They signed that document knowing that if they lost the gamble, they would be hunted down and killed. Some of them lost their lives and many were impoverished by their commitment to their ideas. Never forget that this country was initially settled by religious dissidents from Great Britain, Germany and other parts of Europe. No group alone could have won their freedom, so they were forced by necessity to work cooperatively together, being tolerant of differences in religious ideology and theology to achieve a goal that gave each group the opportunity to conduct their religious services without interference from government and allowing them to not have a state imposed and controlled religion. It was a secular, worldly solution that allowed them to have religious freedom not enjoyed in England or Europe at that time.There were Colonials who did not wish to separate from England. They were called “Loyalists”. To them the 56 signers were radicals. This was not a war strictly about ideas however and it hit a point where it became too costly in terms of lives and financial concerns for England to pursue the battle. It was too much of a bother, though England did try to regain control in 1812.
    Wars fought over religious ideology are always bloody and lengthy. Christians and Muslims have been fighting over the ‘Holy Land’ since the Muslims captured Jerusalem and surrounding areas in the mid-seventh century (632–661)shortly after the establishment of the Islamic faith. It wasn’t until 1099 that Jerusalem was restored to Christian control, which lasted less than 200 years. In more recent times, ask yourself how long did the Catholics and Protestants slug it out in Ireland, and at what cost in lives? (Hint: It goes back to the children of Henry VIII, pre-American Revolution and was one of the reasons some groups of colonists came to the New World.)
    Benghazi, the various and numerous American embassy bombings and other acts of terrorism are an extension of a conflict that has gone on for well over 1300 years. In fact, if one wants to get Biblical about it, it goes back to Ishmael and Isaac, the two sons, half-brothers, of Abraham. When one of Abraham’s descendants, Joseph, was sold into slavery by his brothers, it was descendants of Ishmael who bought him and took him to Egypt. This occurred sometime around 1600 BCE, so one could say that this conflict of ideas, this battle for supremacy, has been going on for 3600 years without a resolution.
    Unless the descendants of Abraham can find a common respect for each other I fear that those descended from Jacob (Israel) and those descended from Ishmael (the various Arabic/ Muslim states) will continue to wage violent and bloody war on each other. So, yes I am scared; I am scared that there isn’t an answer.
    reply from Robert: Great Comment Wanda, but I think in a roundabout way, she did answer. By saying all the things she did about how the majority was made irrelevant by not saying anything is a great way of saying the thing that needs to be done is for the silent majority to cease being silent. We need to speak up and let the ones who are doing wrong know that those things will not be tolerated. The reason they are being tolerated now is because the majorites have been silent and haven’t been making waves. We need to make waves. Many of them over and over again.

  2. That is just it, it was a roundabout answer. I’ve always been more of a head on person. 🙂 Yes! Make waves, create a ruckus, raise a furor, stink the place up with indignation, do what it takes to get the truth out there. It might be helpful if we all read our holy books and really thought about what they say. And then exchanged books, read and thought some more. Hopefully, prayerfully, if they are reading they aren’t shooting at each other. Too many children are being killed and hurt with bullets and bombs. You fight a war of ideology with ideas.
    reply from Robert: I know I read my good book all the time. One of the things that keeps me sane in this time of Socialism and insanity

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