That headline is speculative, however analyze the situation. America has been at war in the Middle East since 911. What have we been combatting? Here is a list:
- Threats to the free world
- Radical Islam of all kinds
- Non pluralistic theocratic and undemocratic regimes
For what have we been fighting? Another list:
- Economic prosperity
- National and international security
What is right and wrong with those lists? Well, for one thing, lists are esoteric. Therefore, more explanation and discussion is needed. Consider the things for which we Americans have been fighting. They boil down to a single category of self-interest. Our stake in the Middle East has been and still is “fuel,” the energy that drives the global economy. Remove oil from that being a necessity, and then our interest would diminish dramatically as would Middle Eastern economies that are based largely on the presence of oil.
As the American energy strategy does two things, our stake in the Middle East could decline precipitously:
- Produce energy independence by exploiting domestic fossil fuel reserves.
- Transform the energy strategy to renewable resources on an accelerated schedule.
- Export renewable energy technology to developing nations to assist them in producing sustainable economies like ours.
At present, the U.S. economy is not sustainable as the old capitalism model is at a dead end and needs modification or replacement concurrently with the introduction of a new energy paradigm. That initiative is where government leaders should be focused as that is what will reenergize the American economy to new levels of greatness.
Now, return to the top list that is against what are we fighting? Americans are combatting anything that gets in the way of pluralistic democratic freedom and human rights for all people. That includes several categories:
- Rogue governments
- Terrorists and criminals of all kinds
- Radical religions of all kinds
- Any organization or institution that intends to undermine freedom and democracy
The recent instances of radical Islamic-inspired attacks just goes into the bucket of “terrorists and criminals of all kinds.” There is nothing special about them except linking to the origin of their inspired actions to commit crimes. If their actions become more numerous, there will likely be an enormous backlash. For now, keep cool and hold it in perspective. Psychosis comes in many different forms.
“Hatchet assault on New York police comes during fears of Islamist attacks
By Ben Brumfield, CNN
updated 6:38 AM EDT, Fri October 24, 2014
Zale Thompson swung a hatchet at four police officers, wounding two, in Queens
The other two shot him dead
Police don’t yet know if Thompson had links to radical Islam
But a Facebook page in his name sports an image of a Muslim fighter and a Quran quote
(CNN) — A bloodied steel hatchet lay on a rainy Queens sidewalk on Thursday like an ominous question mark. Was the bearded man who used it to wound two New York City police officers motivated by radical Islam?
Zale H. Thompson can no longer answer that question. He is dead, stopped by bullets from the guns of two other officers.
His unprovoked attack on four policemen, which injured one critically in the head and sliced the other in the shoulder, was certain suicide.”