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When, And At What Cost

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Six years ago, western civilization was challenged, confronted with the indisputable fact of a hate and an evil that wanted to destroy it without mercy, without compromise, without exception.

This should have galvanized us, united us, resolved us, and committed us to wiping that evil from the face of the earth, without remorse.

And for some of us, it did.

But it also exposed a large population among us who, when the chips were down, feel the same as our enemies. However much they rationalize, evade, or engage in self-delusion as to their motives or goals, most in the mainstream media, the “intellectual” classes, and on the left generally (with many exceptions, of course) have been doing work that objectively helps the Islamic terrorists.

Hollywood pumps out one anti-American propaganda piece after another, without a single pro film to balance it off. (There have been a few partial exceptions from the realm of TV, but those are being ignored or outright suppressed.)

The nation’s “paper of record” compromises national security, publishing classified documents that put our soldiers in jeopardy.

There is a substantial population in our country that is trying desperately to convince itself that 9/11 was a conspiracy from within (Republican, neo-con, corporate, Jewish, whatever). They lie about our enemies, they lie about our allies, they lie about our soldiers, they lie about our president, they lie about everything, perhaps even to themselves, so that they can believe or make others believe that our civilization is the epitome of evil and deserves no defense, and so they can feel righteous in doing so. That’s our reality-based community for you.

Bush, for all of the things he has done right, has bungled an awful lot, too. He took down the Taliban, and then Iraq. I didn’t object to Iraq at first, because I saw it as part of a larger strategy, an opening move to establish a base in the region and to show that we meant business to Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and anyone else who harbored notions of fucking with us. Now that we seem to have spent our momentum in Iraq without carrying on, I wish even more that we had taken Iran instead, but what’s done is done. We’re in it, we have to win it. He also refuses, because of his own religiosity, to name the source of our problems — Islam itself. At the very least, Islam needs to be fractured by a Reformation and shackled to reality by an Enlightenment. But until it is, we cannot profit by pretending that it’s some touchy-feely harmless newage nonsense that a lot of people happen to believe.

(For what it’s worth, Bush seems to have been the best choice we had available. Can you imagine Gore after 9/11? Or Kerry for the last three years? Or — it gives me headaches just to say it — Ralph Nader?)

And yet, even with all of these specific reasons for despair, even despite my confessed cynicism and misanthropy, I’m optimistic. In the long run, we shall prevail, and we will vanquish the enemies of joy on this earth. Ours is a bright and shining sense of life, of possibility, of potentials to be fulfilled, a beacon to everyone that, if you follow our way, however imperfectly, you will prosper. Theirs is a harsh, nasty sense of life that brutalizes everyone who subscribes to it, to one degree or another, that punishes joy on this earth in favor of promised pleasures in an afterlife that conveniently can never be seen or examined.

Yes, I think we will win.

The only question is when, and at what cost.


Written by [IMH]

11 September 2007 at 8:28 am

Posted in Culture

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  1. Ralph Nader is an American hero. To lump him in with Al Gore and John Kerry is a sin.

    A Nono Mus

    11 September 2007 at 7:27 pm

  2. Nader is a liar, a bully and a thug. Nothing heroic or honorable about him.


    11 September 2007 at 8:01 pm

  3. Nader is a P*s*y.


    12 September 2007 at 12:45 pm

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