Barbara Diamond
Barbara Diamond

The new kid in town

The recent bombing of Afghanistan, labeled by the Jerusalem Post as the “mother of all bombs” which followed the attack of Syria’s airport after the horrific gassing of men, women and children was a stunning action.

While the public was not privy to the lead up to the decision-making that culminated in these two events, it feels as if one can see it in one’s mind’s eye. I feel as if I was sitting in the room when the president of the United States (to be referred to as POTUS from this time forth) invited the heads of the Pentagon’s armed forces to a special meeting in which he must have asked the following question; “What critical actions do you as the leaders of the US military feel should have been taken over the past eight years, and were denied to you by the previous president?”

That POTUS chose to create a dramatic military move on two fronts made good sense from his vantage point. The attack on Syria as punishment for the vile chemical attack was mostly symbolic. Destroying only a portion of the airport, did not totally incapacitate its functioning.  The Russians were forewarned and yet still furious at the attack, even though they were able to remove their aircraft and military staff from harm’s way. The Sabre rattling quickly began.  The free world lauded the attack on the airport, but it really did little other than to send a massive message to potential enemies of the free world.  To Korea, Iran, Isis, and yes to the Russians as well: Should they have had any doubts about America’s preparedness to defends its interests around the globe,  they will now “think again.”

President Trump was elected to do exactly what he has done: To regain respect for the USA on the international stage. For my friends who are afraid of the new leader, I would like to suggest that they think back to the Cold War era with the Soviet Union. It was “cold”, not “hot” quite simply because America did not cower. The Soviets were as terrified of the USA as the USA was of them. Hence the stalemate. With so many nations either having nuclear capability, or being dangerously close to have it, America is reclaiming its place as the moral authority with the world.  After eight years of a President who believed that stroking the tail of lions would make them be kind, gentle and cuddly,  only a strong military presence will help to avert the threatened assaults on order and freedom around the globe.  Some Americans may not want to flex the muscles which can lead to US involvement abroad, but there is now a plethora of totalitarian regimes in an ongoing battle for power. Iran wants to rule the entire Middle East. She has implanted herself in Syria and is preparing to insert herself into every imploded Middle East nation which crumbled from the “Arab Spring.”  Korea’s young madman leader is moving toward more and more powerful weaponry and has turned his population into terrified subjects who must shed tears on command or fear arrest.  His posturing is more than that of a school yard bully … and clearly he responds only to strength and action.  Isis is attempting to conquer the Middle East as well, and has made its way into Europe…murdering even fellow Muslims in its maniacal attempt to impose its specific brand of Muslim Fundamentalism – first on fellow Arab Nations, then on Europe, and ultimately on the rest of the world through repeated acts of terror.

Without the US flexing its very powerful muscles, evil has had a green light to move forward unimpeded for the past eight years. The damage done in that period of time has spawned volumes of articles and books. I need not repeat the obvious.  As angry as Putin may be over the bombing of the airfield that they were using in Syria…and in spite of their claims that US-Russian relations are at an all-time low, they will most definitely be holding midnight meetings to assess just exactly how to react to the “new Kid in town.” The despots of the world are clearly not happy, but they will be cautious, measured, and reticent to take on the new US president.  It’s about time.

About the Author
Born in the Washington DC area, Barbara has been a pro Israel activist for over four decades, having had a radio show in Jerusalem called "Barbara Diamond One on One" , doing in depth interviews which aired in Israel and in the UK. She participated in missions to the USSR to meet with Refuseniks, to Ethiopia with a medical team to help the Jewish villages and to China to open up relations prior to China recognizing the State of Israel, She has been pro-active lobbying congress and helping to start a Pro Israel PAC in Los Angeles. She stays involved through the Jerusalem Press Club attending up to the moment briefings which she would like to share with the readers. Ms. Diamond is the 2018 recipient of the "StandWithUs"-Israel leadership award.