This book is an eye-opening experience. Natan Sharansky grew up and lived in Soviet Russia. He speaks about tyranny in ways that will take your breath away, and some of the passages nearly made me cry. The basic premise of the book is that dictators and tyrants cannot be allies. A tyrant will only have you as an ally until you are no longer useful. A tyrant must convince their people that there are enemies inside and without their country. The tyrannical government must keep a rifle pointed at the outside enemy and their own people. When well intentioned nations try to deal with these countries and curry favor, they are propping up the arms that hold the gun.
Sharansky moved to Israel and discusses the Palestinian problem in this context. Most people in the West do not understand the people who are ruling over Palestine. According to Glenn Beck, who recently went there, most Palestinians want peace and want to deal with Israel openly. However, if they speak out, the militants will kill or otherwise harm them. I believe it. This is the kind of thing groups like Ha-mas and Nazis do. They make the outside world believe that the populace supports the party’s view, but in reality, most of their citizens hate these groups.
This book is especially relevant given the recent turn of events. I think it is funny insofar as Obama is going to look like a total hypocrite. He spoke of having a separte Palestine by now, and here we are. Now he’s going to have to use his Veto power as one of the members of the Security Council. He just cannot understand that words have meanings. He thinks he can give a little speech, people will clap, his ratings will go up, and there will not be any other consequences.
The UN cannot create a Palestinian state. The Israelis will not accept it, this will lead to pure fury in Palestine and the Muslim world, and there will be a war. If Israel does cave in, then Ha-mas will be a beachhead to Iran, and Israel could be destroyed militarily. Think of it this way, how would you like it if the Cherokee nation went to the UN and demanded the whole United States back? Would we give in? Would we say, “Oh, well…I guess that’s what the UN said so…okay.” No. We would never accept such a thing. The whole Israel issue is a direct result of a multinational body declaring a group of people have the rights to property and granting statehood in the first place.
Sadly, if we veto it, such an act will cause much hatred of the United States in the Middle East and will unify the Muslim extremists against us. However, they would hate us anyway. The only way to win those people over would be to enact Sharia Law in America.
Long Live the Constitution!