The Politics of Hate and Destruction
Former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir once said, “We can forgive them [Muslims] for killing our children. We cannot forgive them for forcing us to kill their children. We will only have peace with them when they love their children more than they hate us.”
And that is the crux of the problem in the Middle East. Too many Muslims hate the Jews more than they love themselves and their own families. That is what prompted the radical Islamists to attack Israel last week. That is what prompted them to blow up their own civilian hospital and blame it on Israel. That is what prompted them to hijack commercial airplanes and fly them into American buildings killing 3,000 innocents. They are driven by hate.
Not only are they driven by hate, they lack the capacity to love, not even the ability to love others, but to love themselves to the point that they would understand that peace is preferable to war. War destroys everyone and everything that it touches. They do not care that when they kill others that they are actually killing themselves because many times they intentionally kill themselves as part of the process of killing others. A suicide bombing is in fact that, a suicide, not only of the individual, but of the entire culture, the entire religion.
That is why Jesus commanded his followers to “love your enemies”. That is a stark contrast to what we are witnessing from these radical Muslims toward Israel and the West who are hell bent on murdering every one of their enemies. But we do not need the Muslims to love us, we would merely take mutual indifference. The teachings of Jesus are a challenge in this situation. “Love your enemies” and “turn the other cheek” are tall orders when your enemy is beheading babies, raping women and slaughtering grandmothers? How do we love that? How do we turn the other cheek to that? Maybe the first step is to learn not to hate, even those who hate you, so that your loved ones do not become consumed and destroyed by your hate.
This struggle in the Middle East reminds me of the famous story of King Solomon. One day, two mothers living in the same house, each with an infant son, came to Solomon. One of their babies had been smothered in the night, and each mother claimed the remaining boy as her own. In response, Solomon called for a sword, and ordered the baby to be cut in two, each woman to receive half. The first mother agreed with the ruling, stating, “He shall be neither mine nor yours; cut him!” But the other mother begged Solomon, "Give the baby to her, by no means kill him!" Solomon declared the second mother the true mother, as a mother would even give up her baby if that was necessary to save his life, and he awarded her custody.
The radical Muslims are like the first mother. They would rather see the entire world destroyed than share it with someone other than themselves. And that’s the mentality of suicide bombings, a willingness to destroy themselves in order to destroy their enemies.
And that is the mentality that shows up with the modern left in America. The left hates the right so much that they are willing to destroy America in order to destroy their enemies on the right. Look at what they are doing to Trump. A Russian collusion investigation based on fabricated partisan talking points and lies to the FISA court, two politicized impeachments to prevent him from running for office, four politicized indictments which could throw him in prison for life, judges preventing him from speaking on the campaign trail, government forced censorship on social media. Nothing Donald Trump has ever suggested doing would have done even a fraction of the damage to this country that everything the left has already done to stop him has. The left has set the precedent that it is okay to lie to the courts to get your opponent, to silence and arrest your political opponents, to weaponized the DOJ against their opposition. The left is willing to blow up the entire system to prevent Donald Trump from holding office again. They are political suicide bombers.
But it is not exclusive to Trump, that is the way they govern. Every one of the policies of Joe Biden and the left - open borders, record deficits, hyper-inflation, out of control crime and lawlessness, rampant homelessness, proliferation of drugs, energy dependence, constant race baiting, promotion of gender confusion, sexualization of children, destruction of the family, government censorship, weaponizing the DOJ against political opponents, giving $6 billion to a terrorist state, fraudulent elections - brings America closer to destruction, but helps the left maintain its stranglehold on power over this soon-to-be destroyed country. Each one of their policies is like the sword slicing America in half. Like the first mother, the left would rather see America killed, then have their opponents preside over a healthy, thriving America, just as the Muslims would rather see their Holy Lands turned into rubble than share them with the Jews.
Judd Garrett is a graduate from Princeton University, and a former NFL player, coach, and executive. He has been a contributor to the website Real Clear Politics. He has recently published his first novel, No Wind.