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Sacrifice & Initiative

In The Need for Sacrifice, Marc Schulman highlights the latest from Caroline Glick (The coming wars), where she writes:

We [Israel] are not a "normal" nation and we are not going to get peace in the coming years. We are an abnormal nation in our neighborhood and in the world and will always remain so, as is our right. Our people must be ready to sacrifice for the survival of the state and the defense of our freedom to be abnormal. We need leadership that will tell the Israeli people that a struggle awaits us but that our democracy, our freedom, and our values give us the power of creative thought that will allow us to beat the dull forces of jihad that surround us.

On that note of sacrifice, Marc Schulman writes in criticism of the Bush Administration.

There's no better example of this compartmentalization than today's news that Hezbollah, armed with a massive infusion of cash from Iran, is distributing $12,000 to each Lebanese that lost a home to Israel's bombs. Without Iran's largess, this wouldn't be possible. Without a bloated treasury resulting from $70 oil, Iran couldn't afford to fund the reconstruction, through Hezbollah, of gutted Lebanese property. What has our government done to reduce demand for oil—and, therefore, oil's price? Nothing. To do otherwise would require sacrifice. And this no American politician is willing to ask for.

From a personal viewpoint, perhaps the greatest virtue of America - and the most identifiable American trait resulting from our unparalleled freedom and liberty - is a distinctly American sense of entrepreneurship and individual initiative.

Considering this, why would Americans wait for its oversized government for direction? We do not require its direction in other endeavors. We should not require it now.

By the People, Of the People, For the People.

Not 'To the People.'

Though difficult to ponder, perhaps it is time to shed my beloved 360 cubic inches of pure American rumbling masculinity. Not because feeding her appetite is expensive (trust me, it is), nor because my government does or does not encourage it. Perhaps simply because, in keeping with the finest of American traditions and virtues, it is my initiative to do so.

3 Comments

Excellent article. Right up until you posed the moral question about your own use of Iranian oil. However, the US does not get any of it's oil from Iran. But Europe does... naw, the French are not going to make any sacrifices.

Jeff,

I wasn't posing a moral question about my own use of Iranian oil. I was addressing the initiative on may take without aid or prodding from one's government.

While I am quite aware that we do not import oil from Iran, consider that what we do not import from them is left to the global market...and if we were to import X Barrels from them vice, say Saudi Arabia, that amount left to Saudi Arabia would be consumed elsewhere as well. It's a net wash, regardless the demand or supply source/fluctuations.

As far as the French go, I doubt they'll be sacrificing much as well. Though, to be fair, I am told that the farther from Paris one gets, the less the mindless vitriol. There's surely truth to that. Ever notice how what is read/heard/seen in the US media reflects Manhattan views as though they were the views of the entire American nation? I am sure there is a French parallel.

I'd be curious what percentage of France's military hails from Paris compared to what percentage of France's population is Parisian.

But then, we'd surely be educated that, like America's military, the French military is constituted by poor, hapless, uneducated farm hands who just want money for college.

Thanks for reading and for chiming in, Jeff.

Cheers.

Oil is fungible -- it's all the same. What matters is how much we consume, not who we buy it from.