Return Me to an Island

I have recently returned from a speaking tour to Portland, Maine. While there, I had a chance to spend a few days visiting cousins on a little island that is only accessible by ferryboat. The people on Peaks Island were totally different from those here on the West Coast. The children look like children instead of baby bimbette Britney Spears clones. Their world was innocent.

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I have recently returned from a speaking tour to Portland, Maine. While there, I had a chance to spend a few days visiting cousins on a little island that is only accessible by ferryboat. The people on Peaks Island were totally different from those here on the West Coast. The children look like children instead of baby bimbette Britney Spears clones. Their world was innocent.

These people don't even watch television, and that is wonderful. They talk, take walks, ride bikes, read, play games and life was utopia. For the better part of two weeks, I didn't know what was happening in the world, and folks, I think I much prefer it.

I returned to Marina del Rey, California, turned on the television and life was back to usual. Every station, every page in the Los Angeles Times were about the latest horrific attack by Muslims. I wanted to go back to the old days when all we had to worry about was whether Britney wore implants or who JLO was going to marry next.

Who would have thought that we would become desensitized by sub-humans who routinely chop off heads of hostages? I "get it", and I think a lot of you readers do as well. We are fighting an enemy who is not only violent, but one who is part of a seventh-century mentality. Land has nothing to do with the issue. Never has. The enemy hates us because... just because.

Yet, after my visit to the nice people of Maine and speaking with many of them, I see how lovely people like those just can't comprehend the vicious, barbarism of Islamic fundamentalism. Our culture is so different that we are nearly a different species. The people with whom I spoke truly believe that people should 'be nice' and everything can be solved by negotiation; maybe giving them a hug or two.

Many told me, "Surely you don't believe all Muslims to be like that?" No, not all, but I wonder. Out of two billion of them, can anyone out there name me one-million-man/woman marches protesting the idea of 'suicide' bombs or cutting off heads? No? Well then, how about giving me the names of fifty of these nice Muslims who are protesting the evil of their culture? Have any of you seen protests by that many? Maybe you know of a mosque or two that have come out publicly stating that their Muslim brothers are dysfunctional and what is happening is just wrong? You don't, because they just don't exist.

Out of two billion Muslims, where is the outcry from their own culture that what they are doing is savage and they have a Stone Age mentality? Normal people do not regard their women with less consideration than their farm animals. Chopping off heads and various body parts is beyond dysfunctional. Hell, I've been to Gaza a few times and these morons have designated "days of rage." They probably have special "blowing up" holidays, too.

I've had it with politically correct people; even those in Maine, who try to see a situation with "fairness". They only opt for disappointment. Dealing with this kind of enemy is as simple as them vs. us. I can't hear one more time there can be a peaceful co-existence and mutual cooperation and tolerance, when the enemy's culture teaches their children to hate and glorifies death.

It's very simple. You do not negotiate with an alligator. Nor do you legitimize it by inviting it to diplomatic conferences and promising anything that's on our State Department's mind at that moment. Our government would let Israel be the sacrificial lamb in a heartbeat, and what's scaring me is that Israel's leaders don't seem to have a problem with that. Yasser Arafat could have been taken care of long ago, but it didn't happen because George Bush demanded that Ariel Sharon not harm the PLO leader.

Israel should have walked away the same as Arafat when President Bush pushed his Roadmap to Hell on the Jewish state. We should also be questioning why Israel is the only party expected to produce specific hard results for some fictitious peace. It is singling out Israel for 'ethnic cleansing', and Sharon seems to be going along with dividing and carving up the land of Israel. No matter how much they, or we as Americans for that matter, give up, it will never be enough. I understand the political reasons for Bush's actions, he's been in bed with the Saudi family the better part of his life. But Sharon?

Why are we so hesitant to acknowledge that the last few times we Americans went to war it was in defense of the Muslims? We have forgotten, along with the Arabs and Muslims, how we saved their butts in Bosnia, Kosovo, Gulf Wars 1 and 2. They now want apologies for our humiliating them? Fine. But where have the marches and vocal apologies been for 9/11, when all the murderers on that fateful day were Islamic Arabs? We even flew the Saudi family out when no other planes were flying the day after. But, hey, they've got their own problems now that their own homegrown terrorists are turning inward on them. Couldn't happen to a nicer group.

For years, Israel tried to tell the world about the Saudi culpability in promoting and funding terrorism. Nobody cared. Now, however, since United States soldiers and civilians are being murdered and mutilated on a daily basis, also at the hands of our 'good friends' the Saudis, the tone of the State Department and assorted talking heads has changed.

I think I began to lose my compassion the first time I saw our own people being killed, mutilated, and having their burnt bodies being dragged through the streets amongst the joyous crowd dancing and passing out candy. I know for sure I lost my patience while watching my tax dollars continue to be sent into the bottomless pit of 'aid' to countries and organizations like the Palestinian Authority, which is never going to reach its intended goal anyway.

I've never thought President Bush to be the sharpest knife in the drawer, but he knows that the Saudis and Pakistan have been behind terrorism and they have been funding it for decades. They fund, breed and raise these global Islamic jihadists, and have been getting away with it for decades. Bush gets away with pressuring Israel at every turn to "show restraint." I lost my patience watching television and seeing Bush riding the Saudi prince around his ranch in a golf cart, while giving photo-ops and calling this terrorist culture peaceful and great.

Hey, I once had compassion and I still do. I'm sorry for those masses whom we support financially, but I wonder why it's acceptable for the obscenely wealthy Arabs to accept our aid, and force their people to live in squalor and 'refugee camps' for their own public relations. And I'm truly sorry that they feel they have to blame the USA for anything that angers them.

I wish I was a virgin again like those good people in Maine, burying my head in the sand and no longer facing the reality of what I see. Life is ever so much nicer that way.


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