THE WORLD HAS BECOME A DEADLY PLACE
And We Watched It Happen
By Patricia Moloney Dugas
With all that humanity has experienced since the dawn of time, we find ourselves in abysmal disgrace. Look at us. Were we all created flawed? Diminished? Or, indeed, were we created imbued with divine wisdom and knowledge but became flawed by the societies and beliefs we have chosen to embrace? Here is where our world stands now.
ISIS INVADING THE MIDDLE EAST Violence beyond measure. Beheadings. Massacres. Videos of their gruesome atrocities. Supreme vicious destruction beyond human endurance. As they metastasize, we endure – blind to the increasing danger to us all.
Their inhumanity should have set the rest of the world on fire! How have these shameless marauding gangsters gained such power? Because there is no counter-force to stop them. They are not waging war, they are committing crimes against their brothers and sisters. If not for humanitarian reasons, use the self-interested excuse that the collective economies in the Middle East and all over the globe will suffer. Even self-preservation does not persuade us to seriously intervene.
THIS IS NOT A HOLY WAR: This is savage hatred – the basest of human emotions. The astounding abuse and disregard for women and children is beyond all human comprehension. The sadistic crushing of all that is feminine in their cultures only exacerbates unbridled masculine wars of revenge. Their young men grow not as warriors but predatory scavengers – armed with guns, tanks, and facemasks to hide their ingrained hatred.
No longer can we accept the age-old excuse that these tribes have been at war for fourteen centuries fueled by a clash of ideologies. These ‘beliefs’ are an excuse – a contrivance that allows them to wreak vengeance on all in their path – in the name of their brutal god that demands savage brutality. Their motive is instead, a secular re-structuring of the Middle East with ancient traditions that contradict all that mankind has achieved in its struggle for human equality. Women and children will suffer the most. This will only serve to drive the Middle East back into the dark ages.
A WORLD OF REFUGEES: In Africa as well as the Middle East, there are millions of refugees fleeing to neighboring countries and living in unbearable confinement for years! They had to flee for their lives in fear of the irrational savagery of these marauders. Will they ever be able to go home? Is there a home, a country, a government that has not been ravaged and plundered – left anywhere? By all that is ‘Good and Pure and Holy’ with today’s shared knowledge and wisdom, why is the world turning so brutal? Are we our brother’s keeper or predator?
IN NIGERIA: The Boko Haram continues unabated their radical Islamic reign of terror.
In our own Western Hemisphere: “Organized crime has taken over Mexico and Central America,” said the former President of Mexico, Felipe Calderon on the Amanpour program. “60,000 murdered. Vigilantes taking over,” he continued.
Unheard of in human history, thousands of child refugees from Central America have been flooding unabated across the southern borders of the United States, often sent by parents, often molested or brutalized on the way, to escape the inhuman violence of the drug wars. Not religion this time, but drugs to feed the free world’s appetite for anesthetics. To feel good while Rome burns?
Global Blindness In the face of all this global terrorism, the cowardly impotence of our Congress, of the United Nations, of the European Union, and the Western free nations has already served to empower this terrorism. And they are laughing in our faces.
OUR OWN INTERNAL TERRORISTS: We have ‘terrorists’ (those who would harm our country) right here in our own house. Those with electoral power who want so badly for the president to fail, they are blind to the effect their dangerous rhetoric is having on the country and its image abroad as the leader of the free world. Unreasoned. Even these terrible tragedies happening live before our eyes cannot quell the obstructionist’s vicious attacks on president Obama and his party. They instead use these calamities as fallacious fuel for their attacks. There is an alarming blindness to what is happening all around us and what our moral duty is. If not moral or humanitarian, then at least economic considerations? The terrorist’s hatred of America and the West is what drives them. Crush at any cost. Do we wait for another 9/11 to wake us up?
Our nation is also blinded internally by political, racial, and sectarian hatred¬, fueled by the news and Social Media, except we use dangerous rhetoric instead of guns against each other. These divisions may never heal. Are we even capable of setting aside hate and pulling together? Must we take away the ‘chicken in every pot’ to wake up those who could help?
Biased media is spewing endless lies to satisfy their prejudiced executives. Cable TV uses these atrocities as headlines hour after hour, with video clips to emphasize what’s happening “out there.” We give these butchers a global audience free of charge. Are we so de-sensitized not to care?
This is a Global Emergency There is a collective evil greater than any in world history. We can use the words ‘hatred’ and ‘evil’ now. Is it possible to change the course of human history? Take notice.
The European Union mobilized with incredible speed when Putin, breaking international law, annexed Crimea and then amassed 40,000 troops on the border of Ukraine with the full intention of pulling that nation back into the Soviet Union. The solid power of the collective EU halted Putin in his tracks by non-military means. They spoke the language of economic deterrence. Peace can no longer be enforced by local militias.
A COALITION OF WESTERN POWERS: The U.S. is only one military force but a solid coalition of Western powers — committed to world stability – with an active and readied military – a Global Guard –would create an effective deterrent. There would be an army ready to destroy those who would invade and brutalize other nations. Only a real fear of annihilation will send the message that radical terrorism will no longer succeed. National leaders such as those already deposed in the Middle East can no longer rise to the tyrannical power that has ruled through history.
OUR MOMENT IN HISTORY: There is a tangible negative energy permeating the world’s very atmosphere, spreading a global anxiety never experienced in the history of man. Social Media drones on and on. We cannot escape the terrorism mushrooming on every continent of our tenuous planet. Our logic, our sanity, seems to have been drained away and buried in the trash we have made of our home. There is no spirit, no honesty, in our pitiable attempts to stop the decline. We may no longer have the time or the ability to heal our planet.
Humanity has always seemed to believe in a creator, a force greater than ourselves. Have we become so jaded because of our non-compliance with the divine and natural law, that we cannot find our way back?
Patricia Moloney Dugas, Freelance Writer in Palm Springs.