I noticed a shooting star last night so bright it took my breath away. Perfect timing really, as my mind was weary from churning over the Paris terror attacks and I welcomed the distraction. I grieve deeply for France, a country I know well and where my mom was born and raised and extended family reside. Thankfully all are safe.
Of course dismay at such horrific acts is normal, but this was somehow different. The horror of mass casualties had morphed in to a crystal clear vision at our deep societal denial of truth and how exposed this has left us to the same sort of attacks, or much worse. Paris was targeted yes but this was an act of war against humanity and we best be prepared for it here in the U.S.
That star gave me hope though, a beacon of direction pointing towards something larger. While our world may literally be crumbling towards darkness, there is a bigger perspective that if we actively grasp and fight to uphold, will bring victory. Truth must be stood for though and justice vigorously pursued.
This won’t be easy for a spell has been cast over Western Civilization so deep that it finds itself unable to stick up for itself, clueless at times as to the nature of its founding values and their importance in the world.
Inalienable rights, freedom of speech, the ability to practice one’s religion of choice, rule of law, free markets, democracy; these are not just nice sounding words. These concepts form the backbone of any society wishing to live a free and enlightened existence, yet curiously our political leaders speak very little about them.
Fear of being called racially insensitive or of acting morally superior takes precedence over honest discussions and thus who we are actually fighting and why never gets mentioned. We fashion a whack-a-mole response to violent extremism when it happens, but we don’t make much head way because we are not going after the root cause which is radical Islam; a poisonous, militant philosophy that its followers wish to force upon the world through any means necessary.
The majority of Muslims don’t follow this by the way, but there are enough that do and their numbers are rapidly growing. These extreme fanatics routinely cut the heads off those they disagree with, bury children alive, rape, mutilate and brutally murder women and have no qualms about bringing death and destruction to forward their cause.
There should be no hesitation in calling this evil, no qualms pointing to its obvious moral failings and no issues with taking the lead in rallying against it. Would this be considered acting morally superior?
You betcha and if our leaders aren’t proud to take a stance against such putridness, it’s time to boot them out.
We must also stop electing nitwits though who seem embarrassed by American values and who don’t understand the good they bring to the world. Like it or not, we are the dominant super power and its time for us to start acting like one again. Leading from behind should not be a part of our vocabulary.
So yes, pray for Paris, especially the dead, their loved ones and those facing a long road of recovery. Pray for our leaders too for wisdom and courage in their decision making, but most of all pray for good people all around the world to come together in truth and take a strong and bold stance against evil.
Vive la France, vive la liberté.