".. and yet you have a deeply embedded need to see yourselves as living on the brink of utter destruction....brutish society fueledby a sense of collective fear." You are a very strange person. I'm a psychologist and when a patient comes to me who is paranoid, or who lives in fear, the first thing I would do is try to figure out ways to change their thinking; to alleviate or eliminate their fear. Attacking them for being fearful, as you would do, is totally counterproductive.
U.S., allies conduct 31 air strikes in Syria and Iraq against ISIS militants (Reuters)
from the article: The connections between Israeli greed and the existential threat