Saturday, December 31, 2011
Sleeping with the Enemy
Admittedly, I am but a wife and mother. I am not an intellectual, a scholar or a head of state. However, I do know foolishness when I see it. While reading my normal list of news sites, I came across an article that left me first sputtering and then speechless. It seems that our government has chosen to sell F-15's to the Saudi's. Really.
Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but weren't 15 out of the 19 September 11th terrorist from Saudi Arabia? Who, in their right mind would think it was wise to sell deadly technology (at a whopping good price, I am sure) to known enemy combatants? And since when has "controlling" evil ever worked?
In reality, evil is evil and good is good. Good can't arm evil and expect evil to do what good wants. Evil, by its very nature is evil, eliminating any capacity to make a moral decision based on an agreement. How can we expect to make a deal with the devil and not get burned?
Our leaders have chosen to make a deal for our technology so that they can "strengthen America's relationship with the Saudi's". In doing so, we are putting our actual allies (Israel) in great jeopardy while we play footsies with the playground bullies.
I have no doubt that our elected official would call me ignorant and short-sighted - not understanding of the complexities of foreign relations. And they would be correct. But, I do know, that when you strip away all the fast talk and layers of "diplomacy" right is still right and wrong is still wrong. There are no shades of gray.
We have been manipulated into believing that in order to run a country, a state or even a household, you have to be willing to compromise. And while that may be true when dealing with things that don't really matter, it couldn't be further from the truth when it comes to the real issues of life. There can be no compromise. Right is right and wrong is wrong. Can you imagine giving the man who burned down your house a flame thrower so that he can help keep the people who killed your children in line? Heaven forbid!
I shake my head at the wisdom of our leaders. We have no business sleeping with the enemy.