The Jerusalem Report is reporting that oOn Tuesday the Hamas legislation celebrate the Christmas season by declaring to Christians just what they think of them: the passing of Shari’a criminal code for Palestinian authority, which includes the legalization of crucifixions. And just to make sure that Christians don’t feel left out in the expression of their hatred for Jews, Hamas lobbied a mortar shell at the Erez crossing point into Israel just as a group of Gaza Christians were standing in line waiting for travel to Bethlehem. Did anyone in the West notice?

You have to wonder if Westerner’s are really listening to what Islamic extremists and rogue Islamic-ruled governments are saying about their intentions towards Israel and all Western interests, not only in the Middle East, but all over the world.

There is a great deal of ignorance in the West about what the likes of Ahmadinejad and his colleagues in Iran, Syria, Hizbullah and Hamas stand for. But this isn’t their fault. They tell us every day that they seek the destruction of the Jews and the domination of the West in the name of Islam. And every day they take actions that they believe advance their goals.

The reason that the West remains ignorant of the views and goals of the likes of Hamas and Iran is not that the latter have hidden their views and goals. It is because the leading political leaders and foreign policy practitioners in the West refuse to listen to them and deny the significance of their actions.

As far as the West’s leaders are concerned, Iran and its allies are unimportant. They are not actors, but objects. As far as the West’s leading foreign policy “experts” and decision-makers are concerned, the only true actors on the global stage are Western powers. They alone have the power to shape reality and the world. Oddly enough, this dominant political philosophy, which is based on denying the existence of non-Western actors on the world stage, is referred to as political “realism.”

Will Barack Obama’s administration continue the “realistic” policies of the Bush administration by ignoring hostile governments (Iran, Syria, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, etc) who have openly declared their hatred for the West?  When will we start listening to the plainly spoken words of men such as President Ahmadinejad who have expressed a desire to annihilate Israel and all her allies? When will the US stop giving way to the political rhetoric and disingenous overtures of “peace” offered by Muslim governments who clearly have malice and ill-will towards the US, Britain and all her allies, as evidenced by harboring and supporting terrorist organizations? How long will we continue to be held hostage to our dependency upon the resources these hostile nations provide? How long before we are willing to sacrifice some of our creature comforts for the sake of preserving life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?