"But war, in a good cause, is not the greatest evil which a nation can suffer. War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse. When a people are used as mere human instruments for firing cannon or thrusting bayonets, in the service and for the selfish purposes of a master, such war degrades a people. A war to protect other human beings against tyrannical injustice – a war to give victory to their own ideas of right and good, and which is their own war, carried on for an honest purpose by their free choice – is often the means of their regeneration. A man who has nothing which he is willing to fight for, nothing which he cares more about than he does about his personal safety, is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself. As long as justice and injustice have not terminated their ever-renewing fight for ascendancy in the affairs of mankind, human beings must be willing, when need is, to do battle for the one against the other."

Monday, April 28, 2008

Funny, I don't remember stabbing Jesus

Yesterday was the worst dust storm we've had out here yet. I woke up to find everything in my room covered with a generous layer of redness. Usually the outdoors gets hammered, but this time there was so much dirt the outdoors couldn't hold it all and some of it sneaked inside. I swear this country would be the perfect place to train our first Martian explorers (except you'd have to lower the a/c in their space suits to about 90 below zero to simulate the Martian outdoors). So with nothing else going on, there's (once again) ample time to browse the headlines.

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I wish I could end on something more positive, but I can't, not today. Here is a highly informative but very disheartening history of the slow but steady rollback of Western values by Islamic intimidation. This is much more prevalent in Europe than North America, but is by no means isolated to that continent, as several examples in the article show (Europe now: in ten years, that's where Canada will be. God only knows what Europe will look like by then). And perhaps the most disturbing part of Europe's surrender of liberal values to Talibanesque sharia law is the cravenness of their honesty about it. They are surrendering not because sharia is more rational, more just, more tolerant, more - what's that word - enlightened; but because they're afraid. Afraid of violence, of upheaval, of disturbing the blissful Eurotopia they've created under our aegis. It's hard to believe (or not, but just recall the history on this) that nations like France, Britain, and the Low Countries, who within the memories of our grandparents resisted the onslaught of one destructive ideology with great courage and sacrifice, are quietly, willingly, and consciously submitting to another.

1 comment:

CSB said...

Boy, when you want to find a downer, you go for broke! Bruce Bawer is a formerly-lefty gay writer who moved to Europe because he thought it was more sophisiticated than America -- and then discovered, and disclosed, a level of ignorance and parochialism amongst his neighbours that blew his mind. And, of course, as a gay guy, his dreams of tolerance in Europe have gone, well, poof.

As for the "Rev.", Limbaugh reported today that his silent studio sidekick, Bo Snerdly -- Official Approved Obama Criticizer, because Bo is black -- came to the station today after having watched Wright's National Press Club performance, and proclaimed, 'Hillary WILL be the nominee." He thinks Obama is finished, or will be shortly.

Liberal pundits are increasingly of the opinion that Wright is actually trying to sabotage Obama, because if he became president Wright's vision of a hopelessly racist America would also go poof. Another few weeks of Wright's publicity campaign, and the Big O may be history.

Too bad, really -- part of me was hoping he would be a serious candidate with all the "post-racial" qualities he claimed (even if I didn't want such a determined leftist to win). However, he is being seen as disingenuous (at best) about the strength of his ties to disreputable people, and acting pretty testy about being even a little bit challenged by inquiring minds. His candidacy may end up demonstrating the worst kind of "transcendence of the divide" -- the ultimate equality: that an engaging, educated, and impressive black man can be just as slick and monumentally phony as any skanky white guy. Time will tell.

My sense has always been that Obama doesn't actually buy into any particle of Wright's venomous crap [unlike wife Michelle, who is unable to control the impulse to show herself a true Wright believer] -- that Obama is just a serial opportunist. As for Wright, I am beginning to believe, from his soft-spoken self-justification tour, that even he doesn't believe it either -- that he has just found a way to peddle an addictive snake oil that has brought him wealth and servile admiration-- his congregation numbered only dozens when he began, and is now at more than 8,000 gullible souls, who have bought him his 10,000 sq.ft. mansion in a predominantly white gated community. Nice golden handshake for a guy who hollered at his flock to reject "middleclassnes" as a white thing. Well, I guess he rejected it too, in his own way, and leap-frogged into a higher snack bracket.

Can't you just hardly wait to get back home and wallow in this stuff all day?