A Lesson from Trump: Timid Diplomacy Will Not Win the Day

Barb Wire

Let’s stipulate that Donald Trump is a shamefully exploitative panderer, who will say anything if he thinks he can profit from it. He’s no more a patriot, a conservative or a Republican than he is a door knob.

That said, it would be wise for the regular (that’s not meant in a complimentary sense) Republicans running for president to learn from the bombastic Trump. He cuts through the politically correct pretense and says what many, if not most, Americans are thinking.

It’s true that often times what most Americans are thinking isn’t anything worthwhile. We are a nation of ebbing and flowing sentiment, washing up on the shore of outrage, then slipping back into the waters of tranquility. But when the waters are raging, as they are now, more people tend to speak their mind – especially when they can point to someone prominent who thinks the same thoughts.

With all these caveats, it’s a good idea to recognize timid diplomacy isn’t what is called for when jihadists are slitting throats (Oklahoma), murdering our soldiers (Ft. Hood), blowing up recreational runners (Boston) and mowing down rooms full of unarmed government workers gathered to celebrate Christmas.

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Trump has called for prohibiting Muslims from entering the country “Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses…”

Yes, most Muslims don’t want to kill us. Yes, most Muslims are content to live by U.S. constitutional law, not Sharia. Yes, all Americans have the right to exercise their religious beliefs.

To which the appropriate rejoinder is, “So?”

If a crowd gathered on your front law and demanded to be allowed into your house, would you fling open the doors and admit one and all without question? Of course not. You would want some reasonable assurance the ones coming in don’t include those who want to slit your throat.

At present, for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is rampaging Islamic terrorism thanks largely to Barack Hussein Obama’s feckless foreign policy, there are a good number of those who want in your house whose motives you can’t discern. How many do you want to gamble on? How would you vet their motives? How would you determine which ones are giving you the answers you want to hear in order to gain entry?

You don’t know how to vet these people massing on your front lawn, do you? Neither does Obama.

Here’s the worst part. Obama doesn’t want to vet them. His Homeland Security experts supposedly vetted the murderous Pakistani who with her Muslim husband took 14 innocent lives in San Bernardino recently. If Homeland Security had been serious about vetting the killer, Tashfeen Malik, you would think they would have discovered that her alleged home address back in the old country actually doesn’t exist. Instead, they opened the door so she could come on in. What could go wrong?

Why doesn’t Obama take your personal security seriously enough to effectively screen those lining up at the door? There are as many possible answers as there are theories about the worst president in my lifetime (and I lived through Jimmy Carter’s presidency.)

Here are just three explanations I give serious consideration, based on what I’ve learned about Obama.

One, he wants to apply a blanket defense for anything Islamic. No, he probably isn’t a Muslim. But tell me, what Christian do you know who exalts a false prophet of a false god? “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam,” proclaimed Obama three years ago on a world stage at the United Nations.

This was an incredible thing for a professed Christian to utter. There are no prophets since Jesus’ ascension. To claim Mohammed was one is to exalt not only a false prophet, but to endorse as legitimate what that prophet preached, which is the worship of a false god.

Whether this twisted theological problem for Obama reveals his heresy or his foolishness, one thing it does for sure is explain his reflexive defense of all things Islamic.

Two, if anything is clear after seven years of Obama, it is that he detests everything most patriotic Americans hold dear about our country. He has indisputably lowered America’s standing among other nations of the world, purposely alienating our allies and intentionally embracing our enemies. He has paved the way for terrorist-sponsor Iran to develop nuclear weapons while simultaneously doing his best to endanger Israel, our sole, legitimate democratic partner in the Middle East.

Domestically, Obama has advanced a domestic policy that derides and punishes the very entrepreneurial success that made America great, while vastly expanding a soviet-style, top-down autocratic governance that redistributes wealth from those to whom it belongs to those it does not.

Three, contrary to what many of his critics claim, Obama is not inept, out of his element or incompetent. Indeed, his vision for America is nearing fruition precisely because he has been so good at bringing it about. We’re on a fast track to hell, and that’s precisely what he intended from Day 1. He’s succeeding in fundamentally transforming our nation, just as he said he would.

There are numerous others, but these are the most obvious reasons Obama won’t be effective in stopping immigration of people who mean to do us harm.

Then there’s the problem that even if Obama had a 180-degree change of heart, whatever tepid attempts he would institute to vet foreigners at the gate would be ineffectual. And that is a problem, at least for now, no politician will overcome. Certainly not Obama.

That’s because there is no way to know the mind and hearts of people who tell you they want to get inside your house – until they come in and stay a while. Tashfeen Malik’s husband, who reportedly harbored an obsessive hatred of Israel, was a U.S. citizen of Pakistani parents.

Islam demands its followers aspire to Sharia law. Maybe in vetting, you might ask Muslim immigrants if they will promise not to try to change U.S. law to Sharia law. That won’t help very much to determine whether they are dangerous. Google “taqiya,” and read up. It’s a doctrine shared by Sunni and Shiite alike that tells Muslims they may lie and even engage in blasphemous behavior (such as marrying an infidel) if it helps advance their faith’s ultimate conquest.

And if you think “conquest” is too strong a word, read up on 1,400 years of Islamic history. It’s how the religion was spread and is spreading, just as its prophet did and preached it should be done.

Sure, most Muslims probably don’t want to kill us and most Muslims may be content to live by U.S. constitutional law, not Sharia, and once admitted to the U.S., they should enjoy the right to practice their religious beliefs.

But first, it would be prudent to “determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses…” before we open the door.

Yours truly’s best guess is that we aren’t going to know the threat well enough to safely open that door in good conscience. But most Republican candidates are too politically correct to say that. Leave it to the blow-hard Trump. That’s a sad, sad state of affairs.

The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of Barb Wire.

Mark Landsbaum is a Christian husband, father, grandfather and journalist who has written for a living for 43 years, ever since discovering he had no particular talents. He can be found on Facebook, Linkedin, and in the archives of the Orange County Register where he wrote another column for 10 years. He can be reached at Mark.Landsbaum@gmail.com.
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