It is said, hindsight is 20/20. 

Applying this adage to the current situation in Israel will shed some light to the whole despicable series of events we are all witnessing.  

This past weekend, the entire world woke up to disturbing images of innocent Israeli citizens being gunned down or taken as hostages by Hamas. Following their lack of scruples and their unflinching determination to discard the Geneva Conventions rules of war, these terrorists attacked innocents civilians — notably the elderly as well as defenseless women and children — in the name of ridding the world of the “Zionist state.” 

How did this come to be? Who could perpetrate such atrocities? 

Much of the blame falls squarely on Biden because he is leading from behind, just like his former boss, Obama, once did. 

Indeed, Biden’s unacceptable decision to negotiate with terrorists — which apparently has now become the standard — by releasing $6 billion in frozen Iranian assets in a prisoner swap involving five Americans (on the heels of the Sept. 11 anniversary) was not conducted in a complete vacuum. He was merely following in the footsteps of Obama.  

If one recalls, the Obama Administration not only allowed $400 million in cash to fly to Tehran — no this is not a James Bond movie — it also paid $1.3 billion in interest to Iran, in 2016, to “resolve a decades-old dispute over an undelivered military sale.” That was the reason given to the media, who bought it hook, line, and sinker. 

Interestingly, in both cases, these actions were done as some sort of ransom, each couched in palatable terms to ease America’s digestive system after the Kool-Aid they were just sold. Just like Hansel and Gretel, the breadcrumbs are visible for all to see and come to an unavoidable conclusion of what Iran would do with this money: fund their insatiable pursuit of nuclear weapons. One can come to that conclusion despite the arduous work of those in academic Ivory Towers and in media, who go to great lengths to deliberately obfuscate the situation in the Middle East.  

We, in the West, are guilty of ascribing our worldview to other non-Western nations, to rationalize their actions. To fully comprehend their actions, we need to understand their worldview, which dictates their every thought and plan. 

In doing so, we need to understand this crucial fact: the Iranian leadership belong to a certain sect within Shia Islam which espouses the worldview that using terrorism/wars to create instability in the world is inherently good. Grasping this notion explains Iran’s persistent act of taking pride in arming and sponsoring Shia militant groups around the world. They also fund Sunni ones as well, like Hamas, that focus on common enemies.

It is no coincidence then that the nation that is the number one sponsor of terrorism around the world — having sponsored Hamas, Hezbollah, Palestine Islamic Jihad, Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, al-Qa’ida (just to mention a few) over the years, at the expense of the welfare of its citizens — deeply desires to achieve its goal of obtaining nuclear weapons. 

After Iran gave Hamas its blessing to execute their plan and attack Israel, it is no surprise Hezbollah sought Iran’s permission before joining Hamas in the fight. 

Those who have ardently held onto the false belief that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action — commonly known as the Iran Nuclear deal — would welcome a rogue nation into the international community have been chastised. According to their misguided belief, welcoming Iran with open arms by showering it with taxpayer dollars would inexplicably lead the number one sponsor of terrorism to beat its swords into plowshares.  

That misguided belief also holds that calling Iran back from the cold would help alleviate the high price of gas. I countered that argument in 2015, which was ultimately debunked when President Trump made America energy independent for the first time. Again, it is no coincidence the Trump administration put an end to our involvement in the Iran Nuclear deal. Despite all of these facts, Biden hysterically and enthusiastically rejoined the Iran nuclear deal and put our nation, and one of our most important allies, at risk. 

The weekend’s despicable attacks on innocent Israeli citizens on the 50th anniversary of the 1973 Yom Kippur war — symbolic of a carefully choreographed and executed attack — should be the catalyst to lay these beliefs, once and for all, to rest. 

It is time for Biden to stop emulating Obama’s actions of leading from behind and start defending the interest of the American people and its warriors. We, in North Carolina, are blessed to call our state home to some of these elite warriors. It is time to stop subsidizing Ukraine’s economy and negotiating with terrorists whose sole objective it to bring death to America and its allies.  

In the words of George Santayana “those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.”