AUSTIN, Texas, June 27, 2014 — In Texas the prevailing wisdom has been, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, but if it is broke, fix it to last.”
Ever sense the saber rattling began over America’s potential re-involvement in Iraq and the 1,400 year-old war between the Sunnis and the Shias, my thoughts have been all over the map. I’ve listened to all the commentators and military leaders with the intent of learning, as far as possible, the pros and cons of American involvement, and I have come to this conclusion: We need to get our own house in order before we enter into a war that will never end.
I’m convinced that until the day that Jesus sets his foot again on Mother Earth, the hatred and mistrust between the two main faces of Islam will not end; after thousands of years of war, there will still be no winners .
In the year 632, with the death of the prophet Mohamed, violence and oppression gripped the Muslim world from Iraq through Egypt, across the Arabian peninsula, and throughout the Muslim world. Now the whole world is being threatened by their evil ideology of converting all people to Islam by violence and the sword.
This division between Sunni and Shia is one of the oldest in the world. As thousands and millions of Muslims join the fight, jihadist al-Qaeda and ISIS on the Sunni side, Hezbollah militants on the Shia side, each faction is intent on imposing its own face on the entire middle east. This war can never be solved by mere diplomacy, and it’s doubtful there will be any end to the bloodshed by any other means.
The war in the Middle East will never end, but we in America and other countries that love freedom still have a chance for prosperity and mutual security agreements that cross boundaries of language and religion. If we let ourselves be caught up in a war which will take the lives of our sons and daughters, and at a great cost to our treasury, peace and prosperity will be lost to us as well.
For Americans, the protection of America should be the first priority. The American people deserve secure borders, jobs that are protected from the flood of illegal immigration, and a government that doesn’t seek to expand its power through endless war.
The American people must have the confidence that their tax-dollars are not going to prop up foreign governments which will turn on us when they no longer need us.
We need to know that our religious freedom is protected, and that the right to live our beliefs and exercise conscience is a sacred trust of our government. We deserve to know that our government will never infringe upon our constitutional rights, and that our traditions will be respected and not trampled upon by any other people or nation.
With every passing day, we see our liberties eroded by the demands of foreign war, national security, and a government increasingly fearful of its own people. Regulations are heaped upon our backs, the middle class sees their income erode, our police are militarized to protect the rulers from the ruled. Nature can throw hardballs at us through drought and cold, but the biggest threat to us is expanding government power and greed.
The poor mostly just wish for a job that pays a living wage. Some of the poor live off the government, but so do some of the rich. To see our taxes used to support those who won’t work and those who live in opulence leaves a bitter taste in the mouths of the rest of us. I don’t usually call on the government to fix many things, but the government can say NO to those who live upon the rest of us.
When America gets its own house in order, and when we have again earned the respect of other nations, we might entertain the idea of ridding the world of tyrants, but until then we have work to do.
To liberate a nation from evil is noble, but before we pluck motes from others’ eyes, we must remove the beams from our own.