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Richard Nixon, made the observation that “If something cannot go on forever, it will stop.”

The terrorist invasion of Israel has made clear to Israelis that a situation that they thought could be contained and held in place indefinitely cannot be. Hamas must be permanently wiped out.

We saw in this attack that vestiges of the horror of Islamic extremism that precipitated 9/11 remain and pose an ongoing threat to Israel, to the United States and to all who wish to live in freedom, civility and peace.

Haley has been out front, even before this attack, when she was U.N. ambassador, about this problem and the need to stand behind Israel.

It is also clear our fiscal realities at home cannot go on as they are.

Social Security and Medicare, systems designed 50-90 years ago, are no longer functional. These systems consume some two-thirds of our budget expenditures and must be reformed. We need new approaches.

As I have written in the past, people run for office and aspire for political leadership and power for all kinds of reasons.

At this very difficult time, we need a leader who is motivated by one thing — a selfless love of our country and a willingness to work without compromise for what needs to change.

Writer Herman Wouk once observed that “Heroes are not supermen; they are good men who embody — by the cast of destiny — the virtue of their whole people in a great hour.”

This is a great hour. We need a hero.

Our country has dangerously drifted from its roots and the truths that informed its founding as a free nation under God.

We hear voices of darkness across the nation reminiscent of the voices in the 1930s that suggested that Hitler’s aggression across Europe was not relevant to the United States, even some praising that satanic figure.

We need leadership today in the spirit of what Herman Wouk described.

Increasingly, it appears that Nikki Haley has these characteristics.

Star Parker is president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education and host of the weekly television show “Cure America with Star Parker.” Her recent book, “What Is the CURE for America?” is available now. To find out more about Star Parker and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators. com. COPYRIGHT 2023 CREATORS. COM

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