...Lord of the Rings? Remember how the Hobbits were living in a peaceful existence in the Shire? Their greatest joys were in eating, drinking, smoking pipeweed, and gardening. They were a peaceful, pleasant race, and did not get involved in matters outside their borders.
They were oblivious to evil lurking just outside their homes. The dark lord Suaron was amassing a huge army, preparing to take over all of Middle Earth. To do this, he must wipe out the peaceful races or take them captive.
The Hobbits had no idea that this was happening. They were too caught up in their own pleasures to notice.
Americans today are like Hobbits. As unrest in the Middle East grows on a daily basis, unrest that threatens our own peace, American society is far more focused on Hollywood, green living, iPads, reality TV, and texting. If we do notice a news blurb about the goings on in Egypt, we have no clue what it's about and how it affects us.
Right now, Iranian warships have entered the Suez Canal. This puts them right next to Isreal. This is a huge provocation. As one of Isreal's strongest allies, this is also important, and dangerous, for the United States.