The Weakness of America

The response of the American president to the ISIS massacre in Paris is both disappointing and disheartening. When asked what his policy would be, he responded “more of the same”.

America seeks to locate and kill one or more of the alleged terrorist leaders, leaving thousands to replace them. France is a leading member of NATO and is considering evoking the declaration of war whereby if one member nation is attacked, all other member nations will join in a forced response.

Not so the United States. Obama will not send troops on the ground to seek and destroy the centers of ISIS bases.

A commentator on Fox News International mocked Obama’s recent statement that “we have contained ISIS in Syria”. The commentator’s remark was that ISIS does not need to be “contained”; it needs to be destroyed. “America’s eight daily airstrikes accomplish little; it’s time for Obama to unleash the hounds”. Much of the American media has been critical of Washington’s delay in coming to the aid of France.

France is America’s oldest ally having fought with her against colonial Britain in 1775 and helping her to achieve independence from Mother England. And now, in a desperate hour of need, America is not prepared to offer France the kind of help she requires in this war against terrorism. It is a word which the American president himself declines to use, preferring to call it criminal activity.

Israel, more than any country in the world, understands the dangers and growing threats of radical Islamic movements. We have been the lone voice crying in the wilderness, calling to the world the dangers which threaten our very global existence.

Many nations build massive weapons of war to be used in war, to be used to prevent war, to be used to destroy the enemies of peace. Why are they not used? What is the purpose of building an arsenal if only to house the weapons but not to use them when needed?

America did not hesitate to bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945 which resulted in the end of her war with Imperial Japan. I do not intend to suggest that atomic or nuclear weapons be used to wipe out civilian populations. There are other options, other weapons which are not being employed.

The present government of the United States has been one of weakness for some time. She has abandoned friends. She criticizes and condemns the aggressors but does little or nothing to stop the aggression. She has not fulfilled promises. She talks the talk but fails to walk the walk.

America is no longer the greatly respected and feared nation. She has become a nation of talkers but not of doers.

I cannot count the number of times America has disappointed us. She has been generous in providing us with military aid and we have repaid that kindness many times over in numerous ways, overtly and covertly. In 1947 the State Department urged President Harry Truman not to recognize a Jewish state in Palestine. But Truman, despite the mild anti-Semitic feelings which he held, did extend the first recognition of the State of Israel.

President Eisenhower did not help us when we were aiding Britain and France against Egypt’s closure of the Suez Canal, a lifeline for our shipping lanes. President Richard Nixon, in another war, was a defender of our country and immediately made military aid available to us. But other American presidents have failed to fulfill promises made, in particular the promise to move the Embassy of The United States to Jerusalem, our capital city which America does not recognize.

France is bleeding. Since World War II she has not experienced so much destruction and devastation, so much loss of human lives. The land which first proclaimed the rights of man…liberty, equality and fraternity… is suffering. And her American ally offers only consolation but no military help.

ISIS cannot be easily destroyed. For every fighter killed, dozens more will rise up to replace him. But it certainly can be greatly weakened if the NATO nations are united. So far, regrettably, that does not appear to be an option for the United States of America.

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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