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KAITLYN BUSS

Buss: Shredding America's shared values

Kaitlyn Buss
The Detroit News

Division over the role of America in the larger Israeli-Palestinian conflict is upending Joe Biden’s campaign like no other issue this election. 

That should be shocking to anyone old enough to remember the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 — and the nation’s response, united largely regardless of politics, race or religion.

Many Americans seem to have abandoned basic, shared values to embrace tribal instincts around extreme progressive ideology, which somehow accommodates a radical Islam that denigrates gay people and women — and would be quashed in Gaza itself, Buss writes.

Contrast that with those today who have turned on America, its values and its security.

In March, Michigan Assistant Attorney General Zena Ozeir shared a meme that said, "f--- America, f--- anyone who shares ... Zionist propaganda."

Her credentials as a seemingly professional activist are established, so she must be the kind of employee Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office wanted on staff. 

Her post is being looked into, Nessel’s office said. 

But how do Jewish residents in Michigan feel knowing the AG’s office has people on staff with those sentiments? Do they believe they’ll receive a fair shake under the law? Do other residents who disagree with Ozeir feel legally protected?

In addition to those questions, it's an example of a seismic shift in culture.

In 2001, al-Qaida terrorists declared war on America’s sense of security, its values and the West — and American society rightly condemned it as such. 

Today, it would hold a parade in their honor.

“They have a point,” President Joe Biden said in March to protesters who interrupted a speech he was giving on healthcare.

In 2001, former President George W. Bush took a different approach: "Freedom and fear are at war," he said.

Since 2001, the U.S. has celebrated a growing Arab American population, proof it didn't hold all Arabs responsible for the actions of the terrorists. The Muslim American population has doubled since 2007.

Muslims who want to assimilate have demonstrated they’re highly supportive of traditional American values, such as faith, family and hard work.

Jews share these same values as well, but they aren’t getting the same consideration Arabs did after 9/11. They are getting vilified and attacked in their own country.

In 2001, Americans flooded the streets to chant “USA! USA!” Ten years later, in 2011, they celebrated Osama bin Laden's death outside the White House.

That is the last time we saw such unity — and we may not see it again. 

Many Americans seem to have abandoned basic, shared values to embrace tribal instincts around extreme progressive ideology, which somehow accommodates a radical Islam that denigrates gay people and women.

The streets of New York are now flooded with “resistance” leaders shouting, “Down with the USA.” They chant “Al-Qassam are on their way,” openly supporting the military wing of Hamas.

They burn the American flag while waving Hezbollah’s.

And many in positions of power continue to try to accommodate them.

America has a strong tradition of protesting its government — as it should. But this country won't survive by continuing to entertain a philosophy so diametrically opposed to its existence.

kbuss@detroitnews.com