Op-Ed: Resiliency Means Acknowledging Terror
Ron JagerThe writer, a 25-year veteran of the I.D.F., served as a field mental health officer. Prior to retiring in 2005, served as the Commander of the Central Psychiatric Military Clinic for Reserve Soldiers at Tel-Hashomer. Since retiring from active duty, he provides consultancy services to NGO’s implementing Psycho trauma and Psycho education programs to communities in the North and South of Israel. He is currently a strategic advisor at the Office of the Chief Foreign Envoy of Judea and Samaria. To contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
It came as no surprise that President Obama, upon being notified of the attack, chose not to use the word terror or terrorism in describing what happened at the Boston Marathon on Patriot's Day, only to correct himself the following day.
Despite two large bombs loaded with anti-personnel shrapnel so as to maximize casualties placed in garbage containers and set up as twin explosions at intervals of 16 seconds, it took over 24 hours before President Obama released a statement that America will not tolerate an "act of terror". One could sense his reluctance to even go this far in his response.
Alongside Obama, expect public calls from White House officials and closely affiliated liberal media outlets to remind the public to keep calm and carry on. The American public will be reminded that the most effective response is to go back to our daily routine and show our resiliency in response to this event.
There should be not doubt that what happened in Boston was an act of terror. Denying this will only invite more acts of terror in the future. Denying the doctrine of Jihad or Islamic holy war with regard to their support of terror throughout the world only exposes the failure of the Obama administration and other liberal institutions, many of them within the institutionalized leadership of the American Jewish community, in preventing a public call for an end to terror
The American public should not be encouraged to suffer in silence as if nothing really happened. Promoting resiliency in response to acts of terror is something we in Israel have had to contend with for the past 20 years as a result of the Oslo agreements. Resiliency should not foster a pathological response of normalcy to terror.
Political leaders such as President Obama will use American resiliency to avoid doing what must be done and saying what must be said about Islamic terror and the true threat to Americans. What the American public should realize is that by being strong and resilient, but not demanding at the same time real change in response to the Islamic terror threat to America, they will unintentionally and inadvertently perpetuate the current situation and let President Obama and the Democratic administration that he represents off the hook.
American lack of emotional crisis, or their lack of weakness, will enable political leaders to go about their business as usual,supporting all sorts of peace initiatives with the likes of Iran's leaders, or the delusional leader of North Korea, or even the al Qaeda leadership fighting in Syria, as the latest terror attack in Boston has proven; supporting peaceful initiatives with terror states has proven repeatedly, not only in Israel but throughout the world, to result in an increase in terror attacks.
This self imposed tendency to refuse to label Islamic terror as evil, this willingness to deny the truth about Islamic terror, provides a convenient backdrop for the call for self-defeating resiliency so as to distort thinking at all levels of society. Years of wasted time in worthless talks with Iranian leaders and other Islamic extremist organizations, leading to worthless agreements and understandings, have always ended up with increased terror and more victims.
As a result of our “pathological” coping abilities, our “pathological” national resiliency, the Obama administration is exempt from feeling any urgency to ask themselves, is this a normal situation? Does the American public have to accept that more and more Americans will be ruthlessly murdered at Marathons or other public events - or even on their way to work? Does the American public have to allow their politicians to exhibit apathy to the suffering of their own people without taking strategic action to stop, once and for all, the wanton murder of Americans?
No need to be honest, no need to take effective action to rectify this situation, no need to admit that the peace policies promoted by the left and the Obama administration are worthless and cause more American citizens to be sitting ducks.
We can handle it, we are strong and resilient, we will continue to get up in the morning and continue on with our lives, as if nothing really has happened. That is true, but it should not be true of the national government. American toughness and American resiliency should not be cynically used to perpetuate inaction against the Islamic terror threatening America.
We Israelis have been through this type of inappropriate political response to terror all too many times. In the heyday of the Oslo agreement, Shimon Peres, the current President of Israel, coined the term "victims of peace". The Israeli public was encouraged to suffer in silence and pay the price for the soon-to-come true peace agreements waiting at the end of the rainbow. We in Israel have suffered the last twenty years of ongoing terror, only to be comforted with worthless promises based on worthless agreements - and of course, lots of resiliency.
The American public should not be fooled, President Obama should be called to respond and respond effectively. Denying the clear and present danger to America will only encourage Islamic terror to be more brazen and extort an every increasing loss of life on American society.