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The Forgotten Jungle

It is interesting to imagine that we might be looking at a return to the jungle on planet earth. When man has beaten back the brush and kept his lands clear, the jungle stays at bay, always looming, but never disappearing, waiting for that critical mistake . . . waiting for man to forget about the jungle and its tangled, dangerous ways.

Perhaps that is the place where we exist today. There are some that remember the jungle, we think on it and understand that in order to keep the lives we have now, we must never forget that the jungle is just outside, nor should we forget what it took to clear it away in the first place.

When I look at pictures like the one above, it makes me wonder how do these people clear away the jungle and come into a new existence, a new thought. It is hard to imagine for one simple reason. Here in America, we can forget the jungle because it has been so many years since we were there. Even in World War II, we sought to fight off the jungle in other places and only very minutely did we experience it for ourselves. It was nothing like that singular experience though. It brought us running back to the laws of the jungle. At that point, many Americans knew that the jungle couldn’t be wished away, that if we were to continue life as we knew it, the jungle must be hacked or burned back.

Reclaiming the World

Walking along the borders of human cities is not enough to keep the fierce predator away. It longs to expand. It is a force that can be tamed, yet, it requires taming.

Here in America, as we sit and watch the jungle, reclaiming the rest of the world, we find it hard to do anything about it. It is far away and it is long since we’ve truly experienced the jungle. 9/11 was not a wake-up call. We saw ourselves as perpetual victims. Why would anyone do this to us? Yet, we did not think for a moment that it was because we had let ourselves forget.

America has had a unique advantage when it comes to the jungle, our beautiful mountains, sweeping plains, bustling cities, and comfortable towns have been separated from the jungle on both sides. Our nearest neighbor to the north, forgot the jungle long before we did because as long as America would fight the jungle, they needn’t. Our neighbor to the south has grown fat suckling at America’s progress, lacking the moral ability to use that progress in aid of its people. Their world view and life experiences are not so much prepared to fight the jungle as to let the inevitable happen and try to take advantage of it. Is America alone?

That question discounts the fact that many British, Canadian, and Australian forces have aided us in our fight against terrorism. I don’t think terrorism can truly be fought, however, because we have forgotten the jungle. How a Hindu man, like the men in the above picture, can go to work as a lawyer, a banker, a doctor, a teacher, one day, and in the same day burn buildings, throw Molotov cocktails and even cause the death of their own country’s citizens — we just cannot comprehend. That is something for dissidents, rogues, criminals. That is not for the ordinary citizen. To America’s understanding, the Iraq war was beating back the brush. It was lighting a fire and pushing back the jungle, but it was not enough. We didn’t start a fire. We lit a spark in a wet lush jungle, full of life, growth, and power. Instead of truly beating back the jungle, we only made a dent in it creating even more potential for growth.

Pax Carrhae, Pax Mundus

What does all of this mean? It means that it is either too late for America like it is for Europe, or it means if we understand and remember that there is a jungle out there, perhaps we can save the world. No other secular government can. While President Bush did take up the banner and attempt to fight the jungle with a force to make it crumble, he, his advisors, and just about everyone else forgot what it took to turn Germany and Japan around. We still have the opportunity. Unfortunately, I see places like India that have had chances to leave the jungle, but the moment a great struggle happens, they return to it. That is the tough part. In John McCain’s very misquoted and misused statements, America would be in Iraq for possibly 100 years. This is not stupid. This is necessary. America in Iraq for 100 years means that they get 100 years of distance from the jungle. Then that society can really change. It seems like it would take more than 100 years. The people who remember and accept the jungle must die out so that those who understand the jungle, abhor it, and would stand against it, can grow stronger. This is the position America needs to be in – People who understand, abhor, and stand against the jungle. Below I’m posting a video link as a reward, if you’ve made it this far.

Here, is a little excerpt from the video which I feel is well worth watching. This guy seems to agree with me. We need a strong military and a strong nation building force in its wake.

Click here to watch the video on MemriTV if the Youtube video does not show up.

Following are excerpts from an interview with Iraqi MP Mithal Al-Alousi, which aired on Al-Salam TV on July 17, 2008:

Mithal Al-Alousi: Some people want to keep Iraq weak. They do not want Iraq to have powerful friends. They do not want Iraq to have room to operate on the international level. They do not want Iraq to receive economic support, or to be able to operate through international banks. They don’t want Iraq to be able to send its sons to international universities – that new generation that will return with knowledge, and bring prosperity to our society. They do not want this for Iraq. Kuwait wants the great Iraq to have the same power as “beautiful” Kuwait – I don’t want to call it a “beggar” country today… They want the Iraqi army to be less powerful than a military brigade, so they can always overcome it. Iran does not want Iraq to have any [regional] standing. It says that the Arab Gulf is Persian. Even in sports – if the term “pan-Arab games” is used, Iran objects and withdraws from the games. Iran has clear national expansionist ambitions. Iran’s expansion can only be at the expense of Iraq. Iraq must fade away so they can control it.

Our neighbor Turkey – that Muslim neighbor, which is now ruled by an Islamic party and not by the army – cuts off the water supply to the Iraqis, knowing this spells drought for the fields, and harms the Iraqi citizens and their economy. The king of Saudi Arabia is the Guardian of the Two Holy Places, in Mecca and Al-Madina, but this does not prevent some [Saudis] from sponsoring terrorists, killers, and criminals. The Syrian regime, which heralds pan-Arabism, does not dare to fire a single bullet in the Golan Heights, or even mention the word “Golan,” yet it has the audacity to kill Iraqis.

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