First – Our eyes are forced to witness the atrocities of our potential enemy. The forced “confessions” and beheadings of the James Foley and Steven Sotloff, U.S. Journalists sufficed. Never mind that as foreign correspondents in a war-zone, who were educated and skilled enough to earn such a position, they knew very well the risks that they were taking. These journalists may have been unarmed, but mentally and psychologically they must have come to some sort of peace with the idea that every day they were dancing with death, working in an area that is so volatile and anti-American. I truly doubt they would have supported a full-scale assault on the same innocent friends and colleagues they had made while working in these regions. And they would know better than anybody, how a bombing campaign or boots on the ground would INFLAME Anti-American sentiments even among moderate groups, rather than squelch extremist terrorist groups.
Second – Our Media is flooded with political muckraking, and information overload about terrorists, where our leaders are hysterically calling for America to stand strong and show these Muslim Maniacs a lesson. And those who are ill-informed and/or don’t have the time to research the history of the area, to fact-check the political analysis, to reflect upon the pros and cons of war in this region … we start to get uneasy … and the fears stirred up around us start to bond with the fears within us.
Third – Once FEAR within us is ignited, we as citizens do not need a rational reason to kill, to destroy, to cause havoc in a nation thousands of miles away, that basically is no threat to the U.S. But as we continue to bash away at one Hornet’s Nest after another overseas … consider how we are continually harvesting the seeds of discontent and hatred of the U.S. So as we FEAR, so we REAP. We are colluding into creating our worst nightmare. I.S.I.S. will use these bombing campaigns as membership drives to support their mission. We are giving Muslims, once on the edge, once moderate, all the inspiration in the world to hate us. Because we are UNWILLING to accept their humanity,
I find it deeply disturbing and interesting that both Bush and Obama entered into war during extremely difficult times during their administrations. Obama’s credibility as a leader has been severely challenged even by those who voted him in TWICE. Prior to 9-11, the country was in an economic malaise, his approval rating in the toilet.
Then these atrocious terrorist acts – occur out of the blue – almost like Deus EX Machina – helpful demons to stir up the pot of WAR – the thing that unites us as a nation and divides us from other nations is FEAR – the two-fer emotion. It organizes the enemies into camps. AT home Fear allows a domestic Enemy of my foreign Enemy to become my friend. (Redneck and Ignorant Hipster go hand-in-hand) Overseas – the former friends/allies who happen to be friends with my current enemy are now NEW enemies. (Syrian rebel groups unite against American military and imperialist actions)
Life becomes a little simpler for the politicians and pundits, when everyone is divided into manageable coalitions of hatred. They orchestrate our fears for better ratings, and increased political power to ultimately do whatever they please, because when we as a nation are whipped up into a FEAR FRENZY … we can be manipulated into making horrific choices.
As an example of how one’s personal fears (but in this case they are not illusory) can be manipulated to support the worst of ideologies, watch or read Sophie’s Choice starring Meryl Streep. Spoiler Alert – This is the last scene of the movie, so if you haven’t seen it, the dramatic overall effect of the film will be compromised. It is a film worth seeing, especially when contemplating how war, fears, and guilt can devastate even the human beings who “escaped” .
Short Clip – Sophie’s Choice – http://youtu.be/DZ9bht5H2p4