Americans who are based in the Middle East have been attacked 165 times since the devastating ambush of Israeli citizens on October 7th. Has America’s response worked or failed?
As a crime and violence prevention specialist for 40 years, I don’t have experience in national policy, but I do know how to keep the peace in families and neighborhoods, which makes cities safer for everyone.
Our leaders need to be more knowledgeable about bullying behavior and how to stop it. The first step to becoming a bully is teaching children to hate others who don’t believe the way they do.
The question is: how do we handle a bully nation like Iran? According to Iran International, “Biden has allowed access to another $10 billion since the Gaza War.” Some leaders say they don’t want war to escalate, but money is power for people who thrive on hate. Former leaders express concern that today’s leaders are trying to appease Iran in hopes that they will stop attacking U.S. forces in the Middle East. That policy failed, as we learn that three Americans died and 40+ were wounded on the Jordan border by Iranian backers.
Today’s government leaders need to understand the mentality of bullies and what it takes to stop them.
Bullies are attracted to human weakness. They look for victims who are easily intimidated and show fear, which empowers them. If a victim cowers in the corner, the bully gets stronger and more aggressive. Today, we see young bullies attacking victims in our schools, intimidating youth on the internet, and spousal bullies destroying families, which can turn into murder. If individuals allow themselves to be victimized and fail to grow strong and resilient, a bully can destroy a person’s self-confidence, self-esteem, and free will.
Iran’s tactics are as old as time! The conquerors of the past, like Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin, were bullies and surrounded themselves with evil bullies willing to join them to dominate and rule their people and other nations. Today, Russian Vladimir Putin’s goal is to control Ukraine, and it doesn’t matter that thousands of people are dying on both sides.
Freedom in America is being tested to see how far we will allow godless bullies to prosper. They want us to weaken as we spend taxpayers’ money and use up our resources. So, what needs to happen for free nations to succeed?
Spiritually centered leaders can turn to God for wisdom, not men who seek power, because they can be corrupted. People with courage ignore the bully and walk away, challenge the bully with facts, or punch him in the nose, figuratively speaking.
We are witnessing spiritual warfare between good and evil! What America needs are strong, independent leaders who have faith in God, know right from wrong, and will not tolerate community or world bullies. It takes strong, spiritually centered men and women to stand up to bullies on the home front and in the world. If we are going to survive as a free nation, we need to understand bullying behavior. It takes resilient and courageous American leaders who will challenge global bullies. Do we have strong leaders in today’s America? That will be up to you to decide.