The summer of free agency is upon us and in full swing. After massive victories over the years, terrorism's big three; Taliban, Al Qaeda, and Haqqini network have broken up. In the 2014 finals in Karachi, the big three tried to add another big trophy to their growing list, but the Pakistanis stood tall and were able to fight back and send them packing. Now unable to get safe haven in the tribal lands of Pakistan the dynasty is over.
They can still re-group in Afghanistan and try and compete, but while they are sent packing, the other teams haven't stood still making their return to dominance unlikely. The terrorism market is full of talent; the Buddhist terrorists in Burma have been consistent in their calculated and state sponsored terrorism wiping out an entire race of people without much resistance, however their impact isn't widely felt as they play in a small market.
Then there is Iraq and Syria. These places have been losers when it comes to terrorism in the past, with their authoritative leaders of past strongly opposed to groups like the Taliban. New leadership means hope for terrorists everywhere, and this season both Iraq and Syria fell to ISIS or now IS. They dropped the whole method the big three used to gain power in Afghanistan and Pakistan and worked as a team and used their offensive ability to blow out victories in the early going. Mass murders, destruction of homes, schools, infrastructure, and even the all inclusive claim to be the leaders of all Muslims the world over. Big time moves by terrorism's new front runners. Experts agree that while their claim to be the leaders of the entire Muslim world was laughable, their fire power is pretty strong. What moves will the other teams make to counter the IS and their march towards the championship?
Israel quickly counters , this team with over 60 years of experience in human rights abuses has had its ups and downs in the terror game. At times they were looking like the new dynasty, but then a series of acts of Humanity would peg them back a bit. They even took a few good shots by relatively useless yet highly arrogant Hamas, making them fall in the rankings of terrorists. After taking a defensive yet offensive approach by building massive defense systems while continuing to defy UN resolutions and international law by building settlements after settlements, Israel was always on the brink of becoming a terrorist power house and falling out of contention entirely. While Israel built up its capabilities, Hamas didn't sit still either. Rather than help build schools, hospitals, and basic necessities, they did what any terror hopeful would, they got rockets. It was only a matter of time before the two sides with the most hot air would burst, and burst they did! A series of kidnappings and murders in Israel and Palestine sparked the latest battle and woke up terrorism's dark horse and have made them instant contenders.
Israeli forces launched indiscriminate missiles into heavily populated Gaza killing 182 + people, while damaging what little infrastructure they allowed the people of Gaza to have in the first place. They followed it up with more bombings , even hitting places of worship and care facilities for the disabled. No mercy here, IS couldn't even pull this off and their entire mandate is to kill as many as people as possible regardless of race, religion, or gender! Israel has surely shown that it is now the front runner in the terrorism championship. All this has been made possible by the United States and their $3 Billion dollars of military aid to a nation already known for human rights abuses, to have the largest Army in the region, and with Nuclear weapons. No salary cap issues here, just unlimited funding, and a regime that has no humanity left. Can you imagine if Hamas, IS, the Taliban, the Buddhist terrorists, KKK, or any other agent of hate were gifted $3 billion dollar grants?!
Terrorism has a new front runner and her name is Israel.
Oh but wait! Just when Israel was about to walk away with the trophy, they seem to have had enough of their attacks on the poor people of Gaza and are considering entering into cease fire talks started by Egypt. While the damage has been done, this willingness to stop their reign of terror is something else entirely. Israeli fans have been pulling up chairs and sofas to drink, eat, and watch their march into the dark side. The Hitler regime and then the Taliban really pioneered this war theater. While the Taliban flogged Women in front of packed stadiums, Israelis took to hill tops to enjoy in watching the destruction, terror, and murder of innocent people. They're up 182-0 , so I suppose the excitement of winning the title of top Terrorist group was too much for them to sit at home and miss. Even with all this happening the Israeli forces are willing to discuss a cease fire, this is something the other Terrorists teams aren't ever willing to do. I might have to move Israel down in the terrorism power rankings a bit, this show of humanity pops up from Israel time to time and is better late than never. Sincere or not, I'm sure the people of Gaza will love to have just one day not fearing death.
Let's go over to the Hamas side. With Israel open to cease fire talks, seems like Hamas would be quick to sign the deal and bring about a change in their way of thinking. But alas, they fire back at the news calling it "laughable". No Hamas, what is laughable is you. It is your rockets and your arrogance that is costing Palestinian lives in Gaza. You keep launching ancient rockets that cant begin to really terrorize anyone this day and age. Those long ball three pointers keep rimming out and or being rejected by Israeli defense, so stop firing them. Stop giving them a reason to brutalize the people in Gaza. Stop giving people a reason to ignore the suffering of the people of Palestine because you just can't seem to care enough for the people who are suffering. While your rockets and attempts at terror aren't really causing damage to the intended targets, your actions are directly causing terror in Palestine and even though it is Israel that is ultimately responsible for the murders of 182+ innocent people, you're not off the hook, their blood is on your hands too.
Terrorism just keeps on growing because we can't seem to have the human decency to see who is suffering and who is doing the oppression. The Taliban while mass murdering Pakistanis claimed to be there to save people from evil, yet they were the very evil they spoke of. The Buddhist terrorists brutally killing innocent people based on their ethnicity in Burma speak of cleansing the land, yet they're the only filth roaming it. The Israeli forces claim to be champions of democracy and a firm hand against the evils of terror and inequality, yet they are the ones with the most blood and rights violations on their hands. The United States, our great nation, is a nation that brings people together. Where Jews and Muslims break fast together at Synagogues , they work, play , and build communities together. We are a nation that claims to be the leaders of the free world, yet we are the ones taking away the rights and freedoms of people around the world.
The time has come to help achieve the cease-fire that Egypt has now tabled and Israel is listening to.
Once there is peace, and the bombs stop flying, it is up to Israel to stop its brutality and terrorism. Stop taking away the Palestinians rights to water, land, and their businesses. Stop your discrimination and you'll find that they will no longer have a need to turn to the likes of Hamas for protection. Give them their dignity and rights and they will not seek the help of your enemies for their protection.
At this point Hamas, you should already know your time is up and it's time to hang up the rockets and retire. Let the UN peace keepers in and allow the world of peace lovers to protect the rights of Palestine and its people.
And last but not least, the Muslim world must recognize Israel's right to exist. Israel is a reality and so is Palestine, in order to get Israel to grant Palestine independence and have any say in the matter you must first recognize Israel. Along with that recognition the US, Israel, and the remaining few nations that don't already recognize Palestine, need to do so. This balanced approach of respect is the only way forward.
We must as a human race stop giving groups reasons to turn their citizens into a paranoid population and they'll in turn stop being duped into allowing their military or governments to commit acts of terror in their name.
We must as a human race recognize and learn from our past. The United States first funded Saddam Hussian and his Iraq, too much funding not enough oversight led to Saddam invading his neighbors. The US had no choice but to turn around and fight its own funded nut job. The same is happening with Israel. If we must fund Israel with $3 billion dollars a year, then we better have some oversight to the funding. Letting them build up a massive army and stockpiles of weapons isn't making us or them safer. Haven't we learned by the many regimes and groups we funded the same way? Spread some of those Billions to Palestine and help them build their infrastructure, and stop all military aid to a nation that no longer needs a larger military. In fact stop funding all foreign military. Instead allocate some of those billions to our own citizens in Detroit that don't have access to water anymore, there's an idea!
Speaking against Hamas doesn't make me anti-Muslim, speaking against Israel doesn't make me Anti-Jewish. But speaking up against one form of terror and ignoring the rest just makes me amongst the evil. So to all the people out there protesting against Israeli crimes, I commend you for taking a step to share your voice for the rights of the oppressed. But then don't go silent when IS rages forward and kills thousands. Don't go silent when the violence is against a people you don't really know, like the Rohingya in Burma. And don't go silent when Hamas fires a rocket into Israel provoking them. Speak up for the rights of all then and only then will your voice matter.
To all forms of Terror, be it Military or by Militants. Be it in the streets of Chicago or what's left of Detroit. I condemn all acts of Terror and I know that you and I will see the day the league of Terrorists the world over will be defeated and we will know what peace is. That is my faith and my dream.
Peace for all.