Esor Ben-Sorek

The approaching fall of the American empire

Like ancient Rome which rose and fell, the American empire is approaching its anticipated fall from glory and power.

It began in Cairo with a fiery speech from an American president, son of a Muslim father, which created what is known as the Arab Spring. Soon thereafter, it turned into an icy Arab Winter bringing with it more destruction, more terrorism, more wanton killings than the civilized world has known for almost a century.

The first Afro-American to be elected and re-elected to the highest position in America has brought his nation to the brink of weakness, powerlessness, and disgrace more than any other president who preceded him…. Until now.

The political circus of two clowns, known as presidential election campaigns, is a sick repetition of foul language, accusations, lies and more lies, a litany of shame and disgrace to what once was the greatest nation on the face of the earth.

One is an alleged criminal and the other is an openly-autocratic, dictatorial, misogynist, sex maniac. And while one candidate’s criminal activities are still under investigation, the “innocent until proven guilty” maxim still holds. But the other candidate’s racism and defamation of women are well-known and are spoken publicly without remorse.

Never before in its history has there been such a violent and tragic election campaign in America.

George Washington and even the womanizer Benjamin Franklin must surely be turning manifold times in their respective graves.

There have been bitter campaigns and angry words since the Founding Fathers met in 1775. There were harsh words in the Lincoln-Douglas debates in 1858 in Illinois But there has never been more filthy and disgusting campaign speeches as the present ones.

Many leaders of the Republican party are alienated from their nominee. Many Republican voters have decided to elect the Democratic candidate. And millions of ordinary Americans have decided simply not to vote next week.

And the Democratic party leaders are recoiling in horror over recently released FBI information which could end the career of its candidate and possibly lead to formal criminal charges.

This is today an America hiding its face in shame and in cowardice. Tens of millions of people are dying in Iraq and in Syria while the might of American force is nowhere to be seen.

America’s presidents have often told Israel “don’t worry; we have your back”. But who has our front? We are surrounded by fanatic enemies who seek our destruction.

The issue is not and has never been “settlements” or “settlers”. The issue is plainly that our enemies do not recognize us as a sovereign Jewish State in their midst and daily threaten us with destruction and extermination.

But why worry when America has our back? The two political candidates purport to be devoted friends of Israel. One makes promises about recognizing Jerusalem as our capitol and of moving their embassy from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem.

Empty promises. They cannot do it for fear of the wrath and alienation of the Arab and Muslim nations.

America is weaker than it has ever been. Its empire of glory is approaching a fall from which it will be very difficult to recover.

The star-spangled banner may continue to wave o’er the land of the free but the home of the less brave.

About the Author
Esor Ben-Sorek is a retired professor of Hebrew, Biblical literature & history of Israel. Conversant in 8 languages: Hebrew, Yiddish, English, French, German, Spanish, Polish & Dutch. Very proud of being an Israeli citizen. A follower of Trumpeldor & Jabotinsky & Begin.
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