I am amused by those “how to” articles written by people who are “experts” at tasks such as applying a patch to a bicycle tire or making a holiday wreath from twigs. What they don’t tell you is that they became experts by doing it wrong several times first. They can tell you what not to do on any number of subjects. Nevertheless, here is a “how to” you are not likely to find advice on; How to Define an Enemy (I know because I looked).
According to Dictionary.com an enemy is a “Person who is hostile to and wishes or tries to harm another” (n).
You would think there is no other way to define an enemy but leave it up to us Americans. Okay so we had some help. The Academia of several overly-esteemed educational institutions in our nation have been influenced by various renowned “thinkers” from history and have passed this erudition on to unsuspecting pupils with fervor.
As Americans were are relentlessly in search of the blue pill of ignorance, which is why we have gobbled up these and other little chestnuts of wisdom:
- The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting. – Sun Tzu
- In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher. – Dali Lama
- If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner. – Nelson Mandela
- One man’s terrorist is another’s freedom fighter. – Gerald Seymour
The truth is that the word enemy exists for a purpose. Sorry. It is a real word in the real world, deal with it.
It is fear that causes a person to want to interchange the definitions of the words enemy and friend. Fear in the face of an enemy is a legitimate reaction, it really is. However, it is also only half of a reaction. It is a thought process that has been derailed by overwhelming emotions, causing bravery to fail. Courage is the second half of the equation. Courage is summoned by the subconscious when necessary. For example, I typed in “woman shoots attacker” in a web browser and received 69 results.
In one instance a Muncie Indiana woman managed to shoot her attacker with his own gun, seriously wounding him. The man was shot in the torso, leg, arm and head by his intended victim and she was able to grab the man’s handgun while he tried to tie her up. The woman had a choice; let her fear rule her actions or overcome her fear and act.
Courage according to dictionary.com is the; “Quality of being brave: the ability to face danger, difficulty, uncertainty, or pain without being overcome by fear or being deflected from a chosen course of action.” Ultimately what I am aiming toward here is to help change fear to courage so I will write on.
You can run but you can’t hide.
You can wax Gandhi all you want about enemies of America and American ideals but the reality is they exist. The enemy found us unawares, asleep as it were, on December 7, 1941 and September 11, 2001. Sadly, and I mean that, there are people who deny these events ever happened. Some do not believe the Holocaust ever happened, for them “reality” is what they want to believe.
If you believe current political and social theorists, an enemy is nothing more than a construct of the mind. An enemy is just an concept, like the enemy within. This “definition” makes sense to those who spend their days avoiding real life by participating in the circles of academia which are not grounded in reality.
No, an enemy is someone who wishes to do harm to another. There is no room for long-winded political notions here. Theorizing and contriving about 911 is a luxury that only survivors partake in. Americas enemies aren’t contestants on a foreign television version of Jeopardy. They are real people who want to kill you and the only reason you are alive to object is because you didn’t die on December 7th or September 11th etc.
I know, let’s ask those which some of our nations leaders refuse to call the “enemy”. “The Iranian regime is not interested in a diplomatic solution with the United States. Sustained enmity with America is a defining, inextricable pillar of the Islamic Republic. Any shift in this paradigm will irreparably destabilize the regime.” Who said that? Iran’s former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that. The only way to prove that quote didn’t happen is to ask Mahmoud yourself.
The chant “Death to America” has been in use in Iran since at least the Iranian revolution in 1979. We also know that the Muslim Brotherhood has a documented plan for the destruction of America from within through a process called Civilization Jihad, the methodical infiltration of Islam in virtually every area of our society and branches of government.
There are 109 verses in the Quran that dictate hate, murder, and terror against all human beings who refuse to submit or convert to Islam. Also of note are the following facts:
- Muslim terrorists have murdered some 270 million people in the 1400 year history of Islam.
- Muslims terrorists have committed over 19,000 deadly terror attacks around the world since 9/11.
- Muslims terrorists are given permission to lie about Islam’s ultimate intentions as long as the lie furthers the cause of Islam. According to the Quran, the term for this permission is ‘taqiyya’. (Source anonymous)
Here is the red pill of reality; there are some who don’t need to know you to consider you the enemy. They don’t want to get to know you. No discussion is necessary. No public discourse is needed, no debate or tolerance laden blogs. There are some who want to kill you! This is how you define an enemy!