Hello, my name is Samuel W. Montgomery, I am studying Homeland Security and Applied Intelligence and minoring in Psychology at Roberts Wesleyan College and am currently in the last semester of my senior year. I am participating in MESP as an extension of my studies dealing with intercultural exchange and diversity. The head of my department always stressed the ability to socialize in an intercultural situation because as a Law Enforcement officer I will be engaging with such people for a multitude of reasons all throughout my career; MESP was the perfect opportunity to accomplish this. This past week MESP went to meet with a Sheikh, a Middle Eastern tribal leader who leads a tribe of 10,000 people that live in at least three different countries. Afterward, we went to Mt. Nebo, the supposed place where Moses stood when he has finally led the Israelites into the promised land after their forty years of exile. Moses was the Human leader of one of the oldest peoples in history and like the Sheikh, he to bore many burdens.
One of the most important lessons taught in Homeland Security and Applied Intelligence (HSI) is how to work with the community, any community to accomplish whatever goal is at hand. This is most definitely applies to Middle Eastern and Arab culture. It is possible, in the future, I will be required to speak with local or tribal leaders in America, as Arab communities tend to be closely knit. By conversing and asking questions of the Sheikh I gained an understanding of his responsibilities as a leader and the trials he faces on a daily basis. For example, in many communities like the one we went to, the village where the Sheikh lived, there is seldom need for the police force because any crimes or offenses are handled by the community, with the Sheikh as a mediator, this understanding will be vital for any police interaction in the future. Additionally, the Sheikh usually speaks to the government on behalf of the people.
Similarly, Moses was the intermediary between the Israelites and God, he would often plead on the people’s behalf for mercy or petition God for the wants of the community. He was also the adjudicator of any crimes among the twelve tribes just like the Sheikh. It was the responsibility of both to take care of their community and lead it in a just way that complies with the will of God and Allah.