Waiting For the Pain

In my last post, I said that It Ain’t Gonna’ Happen.

Can there be anything more frustrating than to see unquestionable disaster march toward you and find that the people responsible for averting disaster are doing nothing?

You scream yourself hoarse that the world is going to end, and no one does anything?

Six million Jews died in concentration camps because no one did anything. African-Americans had more melanin in their skin, so millions of them suffered horribly because no one did anything. Rwandans and Sudanese and Armenians and Ukrainians and American Indians were massacred by the tens of millions because we did nothing.

After the first Gulf War, the US army sat in Kuwait and watched while Sadaam Hussein massacred the Marsh Arabs – when we had promised them protection. Before World War II, Japan raped and murdered her way across Korea and Japan, and we did nothing. During the Battle of Britain, we sat by and allowed Germany to destroy England. 

Yes, you with the wildly waving hand in the back row, I know what you are going to say. It’s true that we did enter the war against Hitler and saved what was left of European Jewry – but only after Japan attacked Hawaii. Yes it is true that we brought Sadaam to justice over his evil actions and his support for every atrocity – but only after a massive terrorist attack. It is true that African-Americans have been extended the full rights and privileges that all other Americans enjoy – but only forty years ago after tremendous pain and suffering on the part of a courageous few.

All of this is true and irrelevant. Hundreds of millions of people have been murdered while our parents and grandparents did nothing. (And, some of these venerated ancestors even supported the murderers.)

Those times when we actually DID do something… well, can you see a common thread?

Let me help you with this. How did people feel when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor? How did people feel when the World Trade Center fell and the Pentagon burned? How did people feel when they saw the police gun down African-Americans during a peaceful demonstration?

That’s right. They felt pain. 

We only do something when we feel pain. We only make the right moral choices when our faces have been rubbed in the consequences. We only DO when we HURT.

And that is so stupid.

In this nuclear age, the reality of evil is less forgiving. If we wait to act until we’ve been hurt, Manhattan, downtown Chicago, and Los Angeles will be blackened, radioactive ruins.

As the Russo-Iranian Juggernaut rolls towards us, we do not have the luxury of waiting to be hurt before we act. Millions will die, if we spend our time waiting for the pain.

10 thoughts on “Waiting For the Pain

  1. So who exactly is the *we*?
    You had better not be complaining about the USA.
    This is a *world* fight on terrorism.
    It only takes good morals and sense of humanity to shout no to terrorism

  2. I completly agree… Not only do we (yes the USA) wait for the pain, we quickly forget our previous and even recent pain almost overnight!!!

  3. As much as some people deny that America was founded on Judeo-Christian values, it appears to be the very reason we “only DO when we HURT”. I think it goes back to “do unto others AS YOU WOULD HAVE THEM DO TO YOU”, and the FORGIVENESS thing. American’s are the most forgiving people in the world (along with Jews of course). Unfortunately, our country still seens ti apply those values to foreign countries, but have allowed other gods and ungodly values to gain a foothold in our own country. We have to live by all the rules, not just the ones we like. “If My people who are called by My name, will humble themselves and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, THEN will I hear from heaven, and WILL FORGIVE THEIR SIN, AND HEAL THEIR LAND”. Unfortunately, the only thing that seems to humble Americans is pain.

    Politically speaking, we saw how much of the world rallied behind us when we liberated Iraq and went after Osama in Afghanistan. Just how many countries do you think would be in agreement with us if we were to bomb Iran’s nuke sites or do some nuking there ourselves? Thanks to certain politicians and a biased, liberal news media, we are public enemy #1 around the world. If we were to strike Iran first, Russia would have no problem rallying the world against us. It would truly be a world war of all wars with so many nukes going off that the entire planet would be obliterated. Of course, this is just one person’s non-expert opinion.

    Wouldn’t it be easier to just “humble ourselves and pray and seek God’s face and turn from our wicked ways”?

  4. “The only thing history teaches men is, that history teaches men nothing!” – Mahatma Ghandi.

    And by the way, dear Carol (even if it’s a little off-topic) I am pretty glad that the world didn’t “rally behind” the US when they went after Saddam in Iraq. (As for Afghanistan there was a sudden support, even if it wasn’t overwhelming and meanwhile non-US forces took over lots of tasks in Afghanistan) It’s not, as if the US would exactly be a teamplayer and this is why I am kinda sure that a broad international coallition wouldn’t have changed anything in Iraq. Except for even higher numbers of causualities and even worse diplomatic relationships between the States and “New Europe”. Who would have listened if EU forces had said “You guys know what: If you want to go into Iraq you better have some kind of idea of how to get out of it again!” The leftwingers and maybe (!) the democrats who haden’t much to say anyway.

    As for Iran, even though I know it’s unlikely, I am not yet ready to give up hope that the international communtiy gets its wakeup call in time. Plus one “global player” that’s always forgotten could (!) make an important move too, which would be the Arab League with considerable non-extremist forces in it. They may not be very interrested in a) a economically weaker US, b) a stronger US military presence in the region, which would obviousely be triggert by a possible first strike of Iran against Israel. ’cause as you stated, John, AFTER the event there would be pain and the US would come after Iran in yet another uncoordinated suicidal military move. In fact I even think that this is pretty likely to trigger WW III.
    So perhaps the Arab League will act in time to prevent the nuclear holocaust in time. I think it’s still some hope left!

  5. Hi Carol,

    I understand your point.

    However, history still points an accusing finger at us. We stood by and did nothing while evil abused the innocent and defenseless. And there have even been times when we threw the victims back into the arms of their abusers.

    There is a price to pay when you do that.

    – John

  6. I agree with Carol,

    Maybe it is the end of the world.
    Like, soon.

    The Lord comes like a thief in the night..

    I know that is in the Bible, but I will have to go check where.
    I just pray as many people as possible run to Jesus before it is too late.
    what a heartwrenching future we are leading up to.

  7. My, my, what these blog comments reveal.

    First, Hooray Anna!!! 1 Thess.5:2 “For you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night”
    Matthew 24:42 “Therefore keep watch, becaue you do not know on what day your Lord will come. (43) But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. (44) So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”

    And yes, John, history points an accusing finger at America because of past mistakes, and when we try to do the right thing (by NOT allowing evil to abuse the innocent and defenseless) we are still accused of doing the wrong thing, as evidenced by Magda’s comments.

    Magda,dear Magda, would you have prefered the innocent and defenseless in Iraq continue to be slaughtered and tortured by the Butcher of Bagdad? Was the liberation of those innocent people not worthy of world intervention??? That evil man had plans for ALL of the Middle-East. Sanctions did nothing to deter him, because Russia and France were helping him through the back-door. I must confess, I simply do not understand the mind-set of the “new Europe”.Where does logic and common sense enter into the picture?
    And what is this constant clamoring about “an exit strategy” all about? We exit when the job is done. Why is that so difficult to comprehend? Why is America always blamed? The truth of the matter is that the new Europe is entirely to blame. Had the EU committed troops and rallied WITH us instead of against us, the terrorists all over the world would have been delt a substantial blow and they wouldn’t be supplying weapons and man-power from Syria and Iran into Iraq!!! Osama would be six feet under and his war machine
    dismantled. The EU may be delighted to see us struggling to obtain victory over this evil enemy for the time being, but it’s going to come back to bite them in the end.

    Do you honestly believe the Arab League is going to save Israel from a nuclear attack? Earth to Magda, earth to Magda! As far as the Arabs are concerned, Israel is totally to blame for ALL of the problems in the Middle-East. They would like the world to believe that everything would be wonderful if it wasn’t for those land-grabbing Jews. The big not so secret, secret is, it’s not about the land at all! It’s so much deeper than that, but it would take another blog to explain it all.

  8. wait a minute, wait a minute, wait a minute…
    Is the vibe here: we care and share and love everyone and eat salad here? AND do not believe in harming creatures? Especially squirrels and rabbits?
    Okay, I eat meat, but not a lot…those PETA letters with those cute little chickies….
    Hey! WHere’s SP?

  9. One last comment..gotta go, but
    Why don’t the Muslims, Arabs, Mideasterners in the USA speak out?
    Get organized people.

  10. Dear Carol. C’Mon! Where are Iraqis better off now then they used to be under Sadam Hussein? They got slaughtered then and they get slaughtered now. The only difference is, that now it is their neighbours. And as for global terrorism I think what we have to face is, that it is not a war as anyone on this world used to fight it. You can’t fight the new war with the military means of the last century. It aint gonna work! You cannot conquer half of the world and keep it by force for the sake of the prevention of global terrorism. That’s gonna take way more lifes than terrorism had.

    Really, I think Osama bin Ladin can retire now. He’s not needed any more. We (yep, that DOES include Europe) are doing his job of getting rid of that nasty democracy and freedom (including safety)way better then he could always have.

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