Principled, but suicidally stupid

I’m deeply impressed by the integrity of those peace activists who are willing to challenge Obama, just as they did Bush.  They are free from the hypocrisy of those who took to the streets for one president while giving the next a pass.

Having said that, war is a useful device when a culture is bound and determined to kill you.  I’m not a fan of having my airplanes bombed, my airplanes turned into bombs, my subways destroyed, my nightclubs bombed, and various and sundry people being beheaded all over the place.  Nor am I going to enjoy life much when, as a female,  I’m swathed in a burqa and basically consigned to permanent house arrest.

Turning the other cheek in a mild dispute bespeaks a certain amount of grace; turning it in an existential battle, however, is suicidal stupidity.

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  • Charles Martel

    We hosted dinner and a board game on Friday for a liberal couple who are our oldest friends. We scrupulously avoid politics except in the most general terms (he’s a socialist and both of them read the New York Times and think Jon Leibowitz is brilliant), but somehow the conversation got around to Lynn Woolsey. Both of them disgustedly remarked that she is one of Congress’s most brainless idiots, something that I’ve known since the former welfare queen got elected to Congress almost 20 years ago. It was a hoot to hear liberals declare there are actually levels of incompetence they can’t abide.

    David Harris has been around forever. I remember attending a talk he gave at Occidental College back in 1968 when he was leader of The Resistance, a non-violent anti-war/draft movement. I certainly disagree with his politics, but the man had stones enough to go to jail for his beliefs. Unlike Woolsey, who is simply a stupid pig at the trough, Harris is principled and he gets a pass from me.

    Fortunately, the deluded folks who show up at these rump demos are old and will soon be gone. Yes, there are the occasional teen and twenty-something chumps who actually believe that folding before a vile enemy and presenting one’s butt to him is somehow noble, but they are, thankfully, a tiny minority.

  • JKB

    Turning the other cheek is fine but there is no reason to bend over for numbers three and four.  Some only understand force and war is the only way to deter them.  Shortly before 9/11, I had just finished ‘

    Eastward to Tartary: Travels in the Balkans, the Middle East, and the Caucasus’ by Robert Kaplan.  Not explicit but one lesson I took from the book was that this was a region, people, who only understood and respected the strongest.  One success, that has been pushed to the background but is still very true today is when we overran Saddam, the US military in a matter of days, whipped the strongest army of the region.  That did not go unnoticed as we saw with Ghaddafi’s change of heart on WMDs.  That has been muddled a bit with the nation building but I doubt any nation or tribe will directly challenge the US military again.

    I’m also reminded of this article on Four Myths about the Crusades.  The much maligned crusades were a response to the continuous attacks by Islam on the west.  “Muslims had been attacking Christians for more than 450 years before Pope Urban declared the First Crusade.”  That’s some turning of the cheek, there.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Much of what people think they know about history, is basically some froth conjured up by modern day mystics.

    Galileo ended up getting the Copernican theory blacklisted by the Church, because he wouldn’t leave it alone, even though 10 years before his trial, Copernican theory was allowed to be taught and spread, simply because Copernicus and his followers kept a low key profile and didn’t step on people’s toes by trying to proselytize to non-astronomers.

    The Crusades, well almost nobody knows what went on there. They’d be lucky enough to find Acre on a map.

  • Charles Martel

    Actually, I found Acre in a library. It was called “God’s Little Acre,” and it was by some Muslim named Ibn Irskin al-Kaldwal.

  • binadaat

    Iraq and Afghanistan.
    What about LIBYA guys?
    Oh, yeah that’s not a war.

  • JKB

    @binadaat – I’m not sure what the Libyan adventure teaches but I’m fairly certain that lesson isn’t that the thugs of the world should fear the pitter patter of American combat boots.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    It teaches people that if you hate America and kill Jews and your own people (Iran and Syria) you get American money and support. If you help American interests and voluntarily give up your nukes (Kadafi), the US will fund AQ cells in your country to make sure you never get to betray terrorists again.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Martel, a Muslim general by a similar name conquered Egypt and then burned down the Library of Alexandria.

    As the Arabs said, if it is already in the Koran, we don’t need it, and if it isn’t, then it is heresy and must be purged.

    Did you know how many works of Western philosophers, including Plato and Aristotle, were irrevocably destroyed by the Arab armies?

  • jdgalt

    Did you just say with a straight face that we’re now in a struggle for our very existince with Libya?  Which isn’t even able to shoot back, since we haven’t sent any ground troops?  This doesn’t pass the giggle test.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Obama’s supporting AQ in Libya with funding and weapons. He hopes to stretch the US military to the breaking point, while at the same time redistribute their funding into his own pockets.

    There’s no national interest in fighting Qadaffi in Libya, while Afghanistan and Iraq at least has some potential benefit to the US. Benefiting the US, however, is not a game the Democrats play. Unless you bribe them with something, those traitorous parasites.