The continual one-sided U.S. response to any form of violence in the Palestine-Israeli area is that “Israel has the right to defend itself”, but never allows that the Palestinians have the same right to self-defense, even though they have a much greater need of it. Anytime the Palestinians or Gazans defend themselves they are met with U.S. approved massive bombing, rocketing, death and material destruction. As an eighth generation American steeped in the culture of fair play and justice I find that my country has fallen into a terrible state of political self indulgence and vulnerability to massive doses of money to campaign support filtered through foreign interests. U.S. smug support of many foreign autocrats under the banner of, “he may be a bad guy, but he’s our bad guy”, is truly debasing our society and political system.
While working in Russia for a number of years during the transition from Gorbachev to Yeltsin to Putin, I had been in contact with several military leaders who were surprisingly anxious for the Russian Orthodox Church to assume control of the moral behavior of the citizenry since the rules of Marxism and Communist dogma were in disrepute. It is that sense of independent maturity and responsibility that is sadly lacking in a large portion of our society today. We need moral guidance from an authoritative level. Instead we see capitalism growing increasingly less controllable and personal behavior that is growing more violent, immoral and shameful. Strangley I am not a religious person, but I do believe in responsible behavior.