Saturday, November 05, 2005

What we really need is a war between the religions

The final solution, Victor Davis Hanson-style:

Yet the antidote for radical Islam, aside from the promotion of democratization and open economies, is simple. It must be militarily defeated when it emerges to wage organized violence, as in the cases of the Taliban and al Qaeda in Afghanistan, Zarqawi’s terrorists in Iraq, and the various killer cliques in Palestine.


[N]ations that intrigue with jihadists must be identified as the enemies of civilization. We often forget that there are now left only four major nation-states in the world that either by intent or indifference allow radical Islamists to find sanctuary.

Didn't we try that already? And when was the last time you heard the phrase "Axis of Evil"?

Earlier, and not so subtly, he writes:

Meanwhile, Westerners far too rarely publicly denounce radical Islam for its sick, anti-Semitic, anti-female, anti-American, and anti-modernist rhetoric. Just imagine the liberal response if across the globe Christians had beheaded schoolgirls, taken over schoolhouses to kill students, and shot school teachers as we have witnessed radical Muslims doing these past few months.

And can someone help me with this passage, which from all I've been able to discern, was written, in crayon, at David Brooks's kitchen table, at 4 a.m.?

There is an emboldened sense that the jihadists can get away with their crimes based on three perceptions:

(1) Squabbling and politically correct Westerners are decadent and outnumber the U.S. Marines, and ascendant Islamicism resonates among millions of Muslims who feel sorely how far they have fallen behind in the new globalized world community — and how terrorism and blackmail, especially if energized by nuclear weapons or biological assets, might leapfrog them into a new caliphate.

Oh, OK, I get it. Decadent and politically correct college professors are beating up our U.S. Marines in Ramadi, thus emboldening radical Islamists to acquire nuclear weapons, which means that Victor Davis Hanson should stop drunk-writing.

Read the whole thing to capture the true mania, to catch the inevitable WWII comparison, and to understand VDH's thoughts on "Western cannibalism," which apparently has something to do with the need for us to convert all those filthy Muslims in our country.

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