Interesting juxtaposition of civilizations before us...
On one hand, we have people in the West looking for a hug and cuddle (even if oddly, they think they have to pay for one).
While on the other hand, Islamist extremists are giving 1,000 lashes (the first 50 of which were proudly given today with more to come in the following weeks) for "opposition" blogging, and terrorists are killing hostages in a kosher grocery store in Paris and gunning down satirists making comics for Charlie Hebdo magazine.
Seems like somehow we just aren't mentally getting it (or maybe we can't stop "getting it" from the bad guys)!
Cuddles and lashes will never go together.
You cannot cuddle a terrorist!
Yet, we ostensibly have terrible difficulty even calling them Islamist terrorists and extremists, even though that is what they are.
They are killing people with AK47s in Paris and bombings in London, hijacked airplanes targeting the World Trade Center and Pentagon, beheading journalists and gassing civilians in Syria, kidnapping women and children in Nigeria, and slaughtering schoolchildren in Islamabad
However, we are and will unfortunately continue to get our lashes from them, as the threats are not gone or dissipating, and the war is not won or maybe has barely even begun--although we are "war weary".
We must awake from our cuddling stupor and realign ourselves to the mentality of 1000 lashes.
Appeasement will keep failing as the false thinking and broken promises of those who teach hatred and kill indiscriminately and barbarically will somehow just stop--they won't.
Sadly, be ready for the enemy upping of the ante with bolder, more daring, crazier, and deadly attacks.
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)