Reader Philpot left this comment regarding my article The Gorilla in the Room is NOT US Support for Israel: "A terrorist can be no more than a nuisance to a state. Look at Israel if you don't believe me. Still going strong.....thanks to US money, and the complete incompetence of every islamofacist on the planet."
Philpot's premise is that it is futile trying to defeat an abstract idea that could hardly ever ever ever come to fruition, namely a global Caliphate and the destruction of western ideals and as proof he offers us the fact that despite the presence of terrorists Israel remains viable and is even prospering.
The United States spends 3.7% of its GDP on the military [WIKI]; which is, percentage-wise, less than I spend as a businessman on insurance and security to make sure my business stays in business, so it's not like Philpot is being asked to forego butter for guns. But let's look at his argument.
He writes that there is no sense spending even a dollar on a war on terror because terrorists are rather harmless and as proof look at the case of Israel. So let's look at the case of Israel. Do they ignore the terrorist threat? Not quite. Israel consistently spends about 9% of it GDP on its military. So, far from being a proof that one can spend nothing fighting terror and still survive as a country, Israel is proof that you must spend two or three times more than the US does on the military to be safe. If Israel took Philpot's great financial advice and instead spent that money on education, Israeli schools would be filled with Muslims - there would be no Jews left in Israel.
I recall when I jokingly asked my brother why we bothered with exterminators coming once a month to our office in Manhattan, it seemed a waste of money. "What do you mean a waste of money?" he asked.
I pointed out that we had no cockroaches and so the money was wasted. He just laughed and said nothing. He knew I was joking. Only an idiot wouldn't realize that the reason we had no cockroaches was precisely because we were spending money to destroy them.
When Muslim countries first saw American might being unfurled against Iraq, they shivered in fright:
On 19 December 2003, the Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya (Libya) agreed to eliminate all materials, equipment, and programs resulting in the production of nuclear or other internationally proscribed weapons. Libya's leader Colonel Mu'ammar al-Qadhdhafi admitted that, in contravention of its international obligations under the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), Libya had pursued a nuclear weapons program, allegedly to counter the covert Israeli nuclear program. Currently, the United States and Britain are dismantling Libya's nuclear weapons infrastructure with oversight from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
The only reason, the only reason, that Iran boldly supplies weapons to fight Americans in Iraq is because Liberals have so hobbled United States' military options that Iran views us as a paper tiger. If the Democrats had maintained a united front with Republicans in fighting the War On Terror, the pipsqueak running Iran would not have had the testicles to threaten our country with "Harm and Pain".
I have no doubt that the reason we have the number of US military deaths in Iraq as we do, is because of the limp wrists (with apologies to my gay friends) in Congress. Every time they said bring the troops home, our enemy in Iraq was emboldened to kill more Americans to hasten our departure. If our enemy was convinced that we would never leave Iraq, just as we never left Germany (75,603 US Troops) or Japan (33,453 US troops) even after more than 60 years, they would have realized that resistance is futile. How much can a poker player win if he shows his cards at the start of the game? The Leftist idiots of this country showed our cards to the enemy.
Another point usually made by those weak on intellectual skills: there are 1.6 billion Muslims and if they really wanted to take over the world they would have already. Actually, they've done it a few times before. Granted we had to take it back from them, e.g. Ottoman Empire 1918, but that doesn't mean they don't want to do it again:
ABC News Australia,
13 Aug 2007,
Indonesian group rallies for world Islamic rule
And certainly there are Islamic leaders who want to rule the world:
World Net Daily,
10 Jan 2006,
Iran leader: Islam to 'rule the world'
Islam must prepare to rule the world, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told a crowd of theological students in Iran's holy city of Qom,
Ahmadinejad, who has drawn global attention recently for his contention the Holocaust was a "myth," said: "We don't shy away from declaring that Islam is ready to rule the world."
Excuse me, Philpot, IF Muslims wanted to rule the world? Muslims do want to rule the world, google it, where are you getting your news from, the Daily Kos?
If the US spent no money on defense, if we didn't stop the funding of terror by Islamic charities, if we minded our own business in the Middle East, if we allow unrestricted entry of Muslims into the West, we would certainly be speaking Arabic in another generation.
"There is no safety for honest men except by believing all possible evil of evil men." -- Edmund Burke