May 7, 2016
Retired U.S. Army Major General Jerry Curry gleaned tremendous insights into the Muslim mindset through his military experiences, both as a junior and senior officer. These insights, ignored by our current president, need to be understood by the next one.
As a junior officer, Curry developed friendships with his Arab military counterparts from among the allied nations. His friendship with one officer in particular prompted him to query why Arabs, repeatedly whipped by Israel in Middle East wars, continued to initiate them against their heavily out-numbered neighbor.
Acknowledging a poor winning record, the young Arab officer proudly stated, “But have you noticed that with each loss we get better?” He then added a comment causing Curry to realize little hope exists for future change in the Arab mindset. “Sometime in the next thousand years,” the Arab said, “we will win.”