Those who resist, and those who wait quietly for the slaughter

As part of a much longer article about the Democrat’s foolish faith in the NIE leak, J. Peter Mulhern, writing at American Thinker, offers this nicely phrased analysis about the willing fighters and the potential victims in our society:

When you go to war your enemy will enlist people to fight you. You can’t assess progress in a war by counting the number of people willing to take up arms against you.

Shortly before it surrendered, Japan mobilized its entire population to resist to the death the American invasion. The net result of our comprehensive demolition of the Imperial Navy and Army was to harden the resolve and increase the number of our active Japanese enemies. Our fighting then, as now, mobilized more fighters against us. No doubt that’s why the U.S. Navy is still having trouble with those pesky kamikaze suicide attacks.

America’s leftists and their sympathizers don’t understand the utility of fighting in Iraq because they don’t understand the utility of fighting anywhere.

They have decided that if people want to kill us it must be because of something we have done to give offense. For them, it follows that our grand strategy should be to make ourselves inoffensive. We should pay more deference to kleptocratic international bureaucrats, withdraw all our forces from the Arabian Peninsula and gift wrap six million Israeli Jews for their would-be murderers.

Military action is always offensive to the targets of it and, therefore, always counterproductive, at least on Planet Democrat.

As the meek Jews in the German Reich learned, when your enemy wants to exterminate you, you can never be inoffensive enough.

(A random addition here:  I recently learned from my mother that my father’s family originally came from Romania.  I looked up the family name at Yad Vashem’s Holocaust database and discovered that dozens of Romanians with my surname had died in the camp.  When it’s your own name on that list, it suddenly becomes a sobering reminder of the thin line between civilization and madness.)

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  • Bill C

    The correct analogy is the cold war. We are trying to convince our enemy, especially those held hostage to the violent tendencies of the minority jihadists, to adopt our way of life. That, like capitalism, western liberalism will provide a better way of life. By that standard we are in for a long fight of varying intensities. The good news is that we cannot lose unless we stop fighting. The bad news is that a portion of western society does not want us to win out of a mistaken respect for a backward social system.

  • Danny Lemieux

    You are so right, Book. The cry of “never again” rings pretty hollow today as we see people make the same mistakes all over again. One of the unfortunately consequences of the extended period of peace that we have enjoyed in the United States is that people, from the context of our own short lifetimes, have come to view peace as the normal state of affairs and have forgotten the sacrifices must always be made in its name. How about a different perspective? “Peace” is just the interlude between periods of struggle and struggle is the normal state of affair in human (and all natural) existence. The only way to ward away violence and war is to be resolutely strong in the face of aggression. Running away only encourages predators. The untold damage that our (Western) Liberal/Left and MSM have already done to our society is to portray us as OBL’s weak horse, further fueling the hopes of those that wish to destroy us. It is this perceived weakness, more than anything else, that recruits jihadis to the cause. They attack us only because they believe they can still win.

  • erp

    “Yesterday’s Streets,” an epic by Silvia Tennenbaum, depicts a wealthy extended family of Jews living a completely sectarian integrated life in Frankfort during the period just before WWI and just after WWII. It’s very moving book and I found tears in my eyes when I finished it and closed the cover.

    German Jews scorned Zionism saying they had a state — Germany. I think this sense of betrayal may also speak to the reason for many Jews’ reluctance to believe they are truly integrated into our society — holding back a little remembering ancestors in Germany who also thought they were valued citizens — and who can blame them.

    I hope President Bush will put to rest many of these fears and allow Jews to use their heads instead of their hearts when they enter the voting booth in November. We can’t let the Dems back in power.

  • Earl

    Trust….but verify. And that goes for everyone.

    I try to assume the best about people’s motives — I want to be surprised if they turn out bad, not judge them as bad and feel a sense of shock when they do the right thing. On the other hand, if one does this indiscriminately, and without watching one’s back at all times, one ends up on the short end of a LOT of sticks.