Thank you as always for your insightful and thoughtful comments. I always love throwing out topics and seeing the wonderful places you take them.
Today, I’d like to ask another question that relates to faith. One thing that cannot be denied about the Islamists is that they have a deep faith. It is hardly surprising that young men who truly believe they have 70 virgins waiting for them in heaven can’t wait to blow themselves up and take as many innocents with them as possible. I suspect, though, that a person who does not believe in the afterlife, who believe that life is a one-shot deal, will be a lot less ready to sacrifice that life for any cause.
This difference might also account for some of the strangeness of the liberal viewpoint. By and large, liberals do not have an abiding faith in God and an afterlife and they simply do not understand (and are a bit suspicious of) those who have a deep faith, be they Chriatian, Jewish or Islamic. They can’t imagine sacrificing their lives for anything, and they act as if they can’t imagine anyone else doing so either. How can they possibly have anything intelligent to say about the war against Islamists if they have no understanding of their foes?
So what effects do Bookwormroom readers think the loss of faith of so many in the West will have on the battle against the Islamists? Also, those of you who don’t believe in an afterlife, who believe this life is a one-shot deal — what do you believe is worth dying for? What would you give your life for, if you thought you were giving up everything for all eternity?