The Law of the Jungle
By: Erik Rush
The law of the jungle is so hard to break, When death walks behind you with each step you takeâ€¦
– Gary Moore, guitarist and songwriter of Thin Lizzy fame
Some readers may remember that during the ‘Seventies and ‘Eighties it was a fairly regular occurrence to hear media reports of Israeli intelligence (Mossad) agents kicking in the doors of a fleabag flat, hotel room or safe house in some obscure (or sometimes not-so-obscure) European city and introducing the head of a known terrorist hiding there to around half a dozen or so large-caliber lead projectiles.
Israel’s government never offered any denials nor apologies about doing so. They located a threat to their national security, so their operatives clandestinely gained entry to the necessary country, made contact, and terminated the target with extreme prejudice. Of course there was also their awesome attack on Saddam Hussein’s nuclear reactors when he attempted to do what we’ve blithely let Iran get away with.
Unless they’ve been really secretive about it over the last twenty years, political assassination appears to be a practice Israel has discontinued (unless one counts those within the occupied territories), no doubt to their detriment. Certain colleagues and I have maintained for some time that the United States’ ever-weakening foreign policy has infected and incrementally compromised that of Israel, either through exposure to our perverse emerging political philosophies or economic pressure. Nowhere was this demonstrated more clearly than during Israel’s confrontation with the Iran-backed forces of Hamas (operating out of Lebanon) in 2006. The reactions of the American media and far-Left politicians is testimony as to how their influence has influenced our foreign policy. In short, America has become abysmally limp-wristed. This is of course evidenced in our domestic policies as well, but that’s for another discussion.
It stands to reason that Evangelical Christians are the staunchest supporters of Israel today, as they tend to be the most conservative. Prudence in foreign policy is no doubt a component to this as well as a sense of being spiritual “cousins”; Jews may not believe Christ was the Messiah, but at least they believe in the same God as do Christians.
If one takes a strictly Christian dogmatic view of Christ as the deliverer of the New Covenant however, Israel as “the Holy Land” has no more significance than the Bahamas. I am certainly not the first person to point this out. If one adheres to Dispensationalism, one could argue to the contrary, with the Temple of Solomon being rebuilt in the Last Days and so forth – but I didn’t intend to veer off onto a theological tack.
I’d much rather reminisce over the good old days of political assassination.
“Socialism or death! We shall prevail!”
– Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez, Wednesday, January 10, 2007 at the inauguration for his third term.
I didn’t feel particularly confident with our government’s policies concerning our enemies prior to the Democrat takeover of Congress; now I’m evidently even less inclined to feel so.
In a column published on October 23, 2006 I flat out stated that evangelist and former presidential candidate Pat Robertson had been right when he called for the assassination of Hugo Chavez, despite the fact that Robertson later apologized when the Thought Police came after him. Chavez, a garden variety Third World socialist megalomaniac who quotes Castro, claims that Christ was a socialist, wants to head up his own “church”, is courting Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and refers to his country as “The Fatherland”, is apparently just another guy – even an admirable, forward-thinking leader in the eyes of the mainstream press and at least half of Congress.
It’s the mess Ronald Reagan had to clean up in the ‘Eighties prior to the fall of the Iron Curtain – but worse, because over the last twenty years our wrists have become limper and limper, and our enemies, bolder and bolder. It ought to go without saying that our leadership compared to say, that in 1984, is a far cry from what it was.
Our government declares that the United States does not engage in political assassination. I have stated that if we don’t, we’d better start, and if we do, we are definitely taking out the wrong people. Is our government afraid, perhaps, that retaliation might ensue? It’s a good question, and indeed likely given PC ideology and the historically fallacious and dangerous principles that have insinuated themselves into our government and the minds of many Americans.
I heard something brilliant the other day, so I can’t take credit for it. To paraphrase: It doesn’t matter whether you’re dealing with a Hitler, Kim Jong Il, Ahmadinejad, an L.A. street gang or the schoolyard bully. As I said recently in another column, Americans respect the rule of law – almost to a fault. The only law despots, megalomaniacs, and retrograde fanatics understand is the law of the jungle. They do not respect life or liberty as we do – and we’d damned well better get that through our heads, and fast. In addition to the day-to-day abject misery they inflict on their own people (usually whilst deflecting blame toward the U.S.), they are capable of committing atrocities upon individuals most Americans can barely conceptualize. Such threats must be neutralized with extreme prejudice or the tribe (the world) will suffer – guaranteed.
There is not now, nor has there ever been any exception to this rule, nor any successful circumventing of this law.
Erik Rush is a New York-born columnist and author who writes a weekly column of political fare. He is also Acting Associate Editor and Publisher for the New Media Alliance, Inc. The New Media Alliance is a non-profit (501c3) national coalition of writers, journalists and grass-roots media outlets. An archive containing links to his writing is at www.ErikRush.com.. His new book, “It’s the Devil, Stupid!” is available through most major outlets. His new book, Annexing Mexico, is scheduled for