What the world needs now in addition to love is wisdom.
Monday, November 10, 2014
King Solomon, Cat Paws, Dog Vomit
Why aren’t neighboring Arabs countries sending their ground troops to war against ISIS in Iraq and Syria?
Obama announced he is going to send more US military personnel back to help defend Iraq. Why can’t the 800,000 Iraq soldiers fight to defend Iraq on their own after being trained and armed with US military equipment? What are the interests of the USA that make it necessary to again become involved in another war the Middle East?
Perhaps some answers to these questions can be found in Proverbs. Proverbs are short pithy sayings in general use, stating a general truth or piece of advice. I have selected two proverbs for Congress to consider when they next meet to debate greater USA interests and war involvement and funding in the Middle East.
Fight your own case with your neighbor, and do not reveal another’s confidences. (Proverb, 25:9)
Where your own interests are directly involved you should press your case with all the energy and skill you can muster and that you should carry the fight to the neighbors or friend with whom you have your disagreement. The point would then be that others should not be involved in your dispute and their personal relationship with your opponent compromise or impaired. There should be a direct and honorable confrontation, and resort should not be had to devious and cowardly maneuvers in which others are used as cats’ paws. The converse would then be that you should not consent to being so used, thereby divulging the confidences which another has reposed in you. (Proverbs Mc Kane)
As a dog returns to its vomit, a fool repeats his folly. (Proverb, 26:11)
The dog is utterly lacking in discretion that it eats again what it has vomited; the fool is equally incapable of learning the most elementary lessons from his experience in life. Not only is the fool incapable of learning from a wisdom teacher, neither can he learn from experience. (Proverbs Mc Kane)
I listened to an interview of an Iraq soldier who fled ISIS along with thousands of others leaving behind their military equipment. One statement he made for retreating was that if he was killed, there would be no means for his wife and family to survive. That brought to mind a previous post, King Solomon on Cries of the Poor Man. HERE
In my opinion, the question why none of the Arab neighboring countries will send their ground troops to fight against ISIS needs to be answered. Otherwise, no wise decision will ever be made by Congress that will answer why it is in the best interest of the US to send US ground troops back to Iraq.
How will history view the interests of US involvement in the Middle East? Wise, foolish, cats paws, or dog vomit? You decide.