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.Â African-AmericansÂ had more melanin in their skin,Â so millions of themÂ suffered horribly becauseÂ 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,Â the US army sat in Kuwait and watched while Sadaam Hussein massacred the Marsh Arabs – when weÂ had promised them protection. Before World War II, JapanÂ raped and murderedÂ her way across Korea and Japan, and we did nothing. During the Battle of Britain, we sat by and allowed GermanyÂ to destroy England.Â
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 enterÂ the war against Hitler and saved what was left of European JewryÂ – but only after Japan attacked Hawaii. Yes it is true that weÂ 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.
AllÂ of this is true and irrelevant. Hundreds of millions of people have been murdered while ourÂ parents and grandparents did nothing. (And, some of these venerated ancestors even supported the murderers.)
Those times when we actuallyÂ DID do something… well, can you see a common thread?
Let meÂ help you withÂ this. How did people feel when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor? How did people feel when theÂ 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.Â
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 evilÂ is less forgiving. If we wait to act until we’ve been hurt, Manhattan, downtown Chicago, and Los Angeles will beÂ blackened, radioactive ruins.
As the Russo-Iranian Juggernaut rolls towards us, we do not have the luxury of waitingÂ to be hurtÂ before we act. Millions will die, if we spend our time waiting for the pain.