Because we are indeed very shaken.
Shaken by the events in Iraq this week having clearly taken the White House completely by surprise.
Shaken by Obama’s same meaningless response of ‘all options on the table’ which has been so utterly devalued in his Faustian dealings with Iran.
Shaken by the pathetic response to Putin’s theft of Crimea in broad daylight and his continuing undermining of the Ukrainian democracy in the face of the most feeble sanctions imaginable.
After Iraq and Afghanistan it’s quite understandable for any US president to make the decision not to commit more blood and treasure to new theatres of war.
As for Europe it’s not even a decision they need to make. They simply haven’t got the wherewithal to respond. The money wasted by the EU on bailouts and immigrant benefit cheats has left nothing for their military which Putin now laughs at.
But if America and Europe have no stomach to oppose such forces of evil, let them not interfere with those who are willing to fight these evils and who are prepared to do what’s necessary to secure their vital national interests.
Don’t sanction us for taking Iran’s nuclear threats more seriously than you do.
Don’t criticise us for erecting a fence to keep out a clear evil you refuse to acknowledge.
Don’t punish us for holding on to strategic territory when every acre we've vacated has been planted with rocket launchers.
The unshakeable bond used to be understood as total dependability in good times and bad.
Now that bond has become something which ties our hands.
By impeding our efforts to assert sovereignty over our homeland and deter our mortal enemies.
Hillel asked: If I am not for myself, then who will be for me?
Not America and not Europe.