11 May 2004
Attached to that piece on Bush as Newtonian strategist a piece, incidentally, for which Dan deserves more credit than I is a comment about how we're ignoring the "root causes" of the mess in the Middle East.
Which is true only if you're ideologically disposed toward misidentifying those root causes. To the left, all ills are caused by poverty, all poverty caused by corporate malfeasance, all corporate malfeasance aided and abetted by the likes of George W. Bush, and well, Bush Is Evil, case closed.
Of course, Islamic fundamentalists get not one but two free passes from the American left: after all, your friendly neighborhood jihadi is not only nonwhite (and therefore oppressed), but non-Christian (and therefore not likely to picket an abortion clinic). At worst, they're the Dr Pepper of religious movements: so misunderstood. All that money they raise to support suicide bombers and other terrorists why, that's charity, and how much did you give last year?
At Exit Zero, Mary boils it down to the crucial stuff:
The 'morality' of Islamic fundamentalists is the morality of the Thousand Year Reich. It's the morality of hate and intolerance. I'm very proud of the fact that these fascists are our enemies. It would worry me if they weren't.
And why are they our enemies? Explanation courtesy of Francis W. Porretto:
The world's 1.3 billion Muslims are the most squalid, backward, unfree peoples in the world. How could this be? They've been perfectly faithful to the dictates of the Prophet. They were promised dominion in this world and Paradise in the next. What went wrong? Allah's enemies must have plotted against them! The Jews! The Christians! Wipe them out, institute universal shari'a, and surely all will thereafter be well!
When they say "universal," they mean to include you, Lefty.
There are basically two choices here:
1. Wipe out the lot of them and be done with it;
2. Wipe out the loudest of the bunch and see if the rest have enough sense to cool their jets.
Either way, there will be wiping. Count on it.