Thanks for your thoughtful and well-articulated response, which I appreciate. I value your contribution even if, as perhaps you’d suspect, I dissent.
Yes, other administrations have had border agent injuries and fatalities. That does not mean the Obama administration is not responsible for its own, especially in light of the bizarrely conceived and executed “Fast and Furious” program, and the way the administration so aggressively opposes at law the states trying to protect themselves against the hordes of illegals that now cross our borders, the total number of whom now reaches more than 13 million.
Among those illegals are plenty of folks from the more than 30 nations we deem terrorist supporters or terrorist regimes. We know this because of the documents they leave behind, things like bomb-making manuals, copies of the Koran, and maps of possible terrorism targets. Yet the Obama administration seeks frequently to hinder those who want to protect us from illegal aliens and from their armed and dangerous protectors, which results in dead and injured agents and which has turned Tucson into the kidnapping capital of North America.
Empires are attacked because of their oppression and injustice. They are attacked in spite of their strength, not because of it. Whether justly or unjustly, their strength delays or prevents attack. When I say that peace comes through strength I have in mind nations like Switzerland, which stayed at peace and remained unattacked even while two world wars raged around them on all sides. The Swiss made the price of entry simply too high for anyone to pay. No one wanted a piece of that snarling badger, so they left Switzerland alone. They had peace through strength.
Not only do we have deadly enemies, they have killed us by the thousands. They will kill us by the thousands more if they get the chance. They look for that chance every day. They have killed Israelis by the thousands too. Indeed, they seek ways to wipe Israel off the map and are working toward that end every day, whether in the past it was Saddam Hussein lobbing SCUD missiles into Israel or paying $22,000 to the surviving families of Palestinian terrorists who died while killing Israelis, or in the present it is the Iranians who, against the will of the civilized world, seek the nuclear weapons it needs to annihilate Israel. So great is the threat to Israel that Henry Kissinger said last week that he didn’t think Israel would exist as a nation for even 10 more years.
And you cannot appease those who, for religious reasons, seek your death. That is not how religious extremists think or operate. Militant Islam has been at war with the West for centuries upon centuries. Nothing has stopped them, whether appeasement, defeat, or something in between. Nothing but the end of time will stop them. As long as this world lasts, Islamic hatred for the West will continue. We must make our policies on that basis.
Putin is an ex-KGBer. The “ex” is only institutional, not by personal conviction. In his mind and methods, he is what he always was. He is at the head of resurgent communism in Russia, which hasn’t changed its goals, just modified some of its methods. The Chinese communists are the same in that regard. They still mean to be what they always meant to be -- first the Asian and then the global hegemon. They adjust their methods to their changing circumstances, but their end game is not thereby altered, only the way they get to it.
North Korea is no threat to us, you are quite right. They do their best to ally with some of our enemies, but they exist only at China’s will. The Chinese could end that pathetic little regime at any moment, and no one would stop them. The North Koreans do what they do by China’s passive, sometimes active, will and permission. In that light, the only reason that you can go to class every day in peace, or even at all, is because of American power. You have peace through American strength, of which China is more than well aware. That’s what keeps them out of Taiwan, out of the disputed Senkaku islands, and out of South Korea.
Again, Jonathan, many thanks.