June 4, 2010

Harmon: Are the lies we believe nearly at critical mass?

The problem with living at such great odds with reality is that eventually it calls in its chips.

By M.D. Harmon mharmon@mainetoday.com
Editorial Writer

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But we have lied to ourselves for so long by telling ourselves that we can afford anything we want, and we have made so many people dependent on that spending, that the desires spurring it on seem far stronger than the necessity to halt it.

If that is the case -- we will find out very soon, certainly by November 2012 -- then we will become just another example in the history books that exist all around us but no one thinks are relevant to our plight.

Undoubtedly, whatever culture replaces ours will eventually come to think the same thing about itself. For a while, at any rate.

Most people want to live in peace with us, and all we have to do is stop offending them to live agreeably with everyone.

Actually, the first part of this statement is probably true but irrelevant; the second half is a sad, bitter joke.

It doesn't really matter if 90 percent of the Iranian (or Palestinian, or North Korean, or Cuban, or Venezuelan, or Russian, etc.) people want peace as long as the 10 percent who actually run things do not.

It doesn't take two to make a fight, it only takes one -- who wins much more quickly if he's the only one fighting.

Yet, weary of war, we elected a president who told us this comforting lie. Trouble is, he also appears to believe it; we would be much better off if he had broken his word about this along with everything else.

So, we appear ready to cast to the wolves our only real ally in the Middle East, Israel, while allowing our worst enemy, Iran, to become a nuclear power.

It's not clear what we expect this stupendously foolish policy to produce, but to leave the Israelis friendless and faced with annihilation will produce what desperate nations do.

Do we think they have forgotten what "Never Again" means? Have we?

I don't mean to imply that all these problems don't have answers. They do.

But since the answers lie in the faith and principles that our elites have abandoned, we won't find them without returning to what they discarded.

I'll let you compute the odds of that for yourselves.

 

M.D. Harmon is an editorial writer. He can be contacted at 791-6482 or at:

mharmon@mainetoday.com

 

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