Where can we, Christians, Muslims, Atheists, Republicans, Democrats, Tea Partiers and Progressives, come together and find common ground? The answer can be found in the current debate being fought publicly between Gen. David Patraeus and Pastor Jones’ plan to burn, and inspire other to burn, Qur’an’s on 9/11.
At first blanch; I thought Petraus’ objection narrow minded. But is it?
His view is informed solely by the U.S. military objectives in Afghanistan. His argument can be summed by saying that video of Americans burning Korans will inspire Muslims in Afghanistan to live up to one any number of the commands in the Qu’ran, such as: “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them”
Headless, fingerless soldiers are useless to Petraus. And to the American cause in Afghanistan.
But even if scores of shorter, fingerless body bags start to come home from Afghanistan, no one can doubt that they have died in a noble cause. In the right cause.
How do I know this?
Because I live in a Democracy. Not just any minor league democracy: The leading light for freedom in the world. My fellow citizens vote. And every election since WW2 has produced a President and Congress that are united in the following ways when it comes to foreign policy:
1. The world is a dangerous place, and it needs a cop.
2. The U.S. and the U.S. alone has the moral authority to act as this cop.
3. We will not allow some foreign nation or international body to decide what is best for the international community. We will decide, and export through force our version of freedom to the rest of the world.
We used to call this concept Manifest Destiny: the belief system that serves as the wind beneath the wings of American exceptionalism and expansion.
Every single president since Roosevelt, elected under the best political system ever invented by man, has built their foreign policy on the bedrock of American Exceptionalism.
The reasons we are waging a war on terror are the same reasons that guided us west, outside the confines of our puny little colonies in the 19th century and expanded all the way to California.
Where we met the Mexicans.
Because, California, in 1846 was Mexico. We said to the Mexicans: “Excuse me Cesar or, Excuse me, Esmeralda: We are going to give you two choices. One: We learned a lot about rape and murder during our genocide of the Native Americans. We can demonstrate that knowledge to you can and soak the land of this beautiful oceanfront real estate with the blood of your people or, B: just run along south of the border and then wait a couple of generations, have some kids, and then send them back here and we will put them to work in construction and the lawn care maintenance industry, and some of the best fine dining establishments this country has to offer. In the back of the house, of course. So, will it be door number one, or door number two? What say you?”
Soon after California was wrestled away from Mexico thusly, God blessed America with Hollywood and Hollywood gave America Ronald Regan, who singlehandedly ended the cold war.
Everything happens for a reason, my friends.
The right reasons.
The American reasons.
Faith. In America, once you give over to it, is the thing that will unify us all. How can it be wrong? The greatest, smartest, richest, freest country in the world has voted for this basic truth every single election for the last 70 years.
So if Petraus says don’t burn a Koran. Don’t.
If Obama says drones in Pakistan, rest assured that it is the right thing to do.
And if the military industrial complex maneuvers the chess pieces and pulls the puppet strings that launch an invasion of Iran- praise Jesus: cuz oil will get cheaper once Disney builds a theme park on the straights of Hormuz, and, my fellow shoppers, Wal-Mart prices will go even lower.
And this is the word of the U.S.
Thanks be to God.
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