As I sit here writing this, the BBC has just broadcast a report from Palestine Square in downtown Gaza City. The conditions in Gaza are terrible.
But, one of the residents interviewed there mentioned something interesting. He said that the economic problems have increased tensions to the point where Palestinian factions are shooting at each other over the smallest provocation.
Think about this for a moment. Economic difficulties are causing people to shoot at each other. When was the last time that you heard of Americans shooting at each other over national economic problems? When was the last time that you saw Britons shooting at each other over national economic problems? When was the last time that you saw Israelis shooting at each other over national economic problems?
In fact, when was the last time that you saw the citizens of ANY civilized country shooting at each other over economic problems? And don’t tell me about criminal activity. That’s universal.
Think about the worst economic times. During the Great Depression, did American factions shoot at each other? During the terrible time after World War II, did Britons shoot at each other? During the horrific siege of Jerusalem in 1948, did Israelis shoot at each other?
No. No. And, NO.
Are any of our civilizations perfect? Of course not. And, there HAVE been times when factions HAVE shot at each other during economic problems. How would we characterize those times?
That’s right. I said BARBARIC. Only barbarians shoot at each other during economic problems. Only barbarians resort to lethal violence as their FIRST response to problems.
When they said in the aftermath of 9/11, that we are in a clash of civilizations, I strongly and vehemently disagree. We are not clashing with a civilization. We are fighting the barbarians.
….and they are pounding at the gates.