Rx: Sunlight, band-aid, or rest and plenty of fluids?
Should the West co-enable the vast majority of peace-loving moderate Muslims by opening and furthering avenues that allow us to continue dialoguing with peoples of variant and equally valid cultures and traditions, often those peoples being past and even current victims of our cultural if not always military and economic neo-colonialist and imperialist agenda? Should we empower the Other? Should we by benevolent aid try to further the spread of democracy across the Islamic world?
Should we continue our current course of Senstive New-Age warfare in which we selectively target terrorism?
Should we cut our losses and let the Islamic world colapse like a rotten souffle?
Let's for now set aside the options we prefer, those being massive retaliation for any (even) perceived outrage against the interests of the West, i.e. melting Mecca; and the actual strongly preferred colonization of Dar al-Islam by Walkerian Immortals.
We open this post with a quotation from a typical Muslim. Looking at the creature's mind at work we can extrapolate to the billion or so like her, and from that we can see the face of our enemy writ whole: Our wise leaders rightly do not wish to face such a sizable enemy face-to-face in a war conventional, a war on the scale and in terms of the two previous World Wars. Man to man we couldn't kill them fast enough to win or even to keep them from our shore if they decided to swim. Islam, the united ummah is too large a population to fight by conventional means, and we in the West do not want the war they seem intent on provoking. We in the West are determined to avoid even thinking about it. We go out of our ways to argue that it's not happening, that if there's a problem it's of our own making, and that if we're making it happen we should stop it before it gets out of hand. And that's the very few who will take out the ear phones long enough to listen to any argument at all. The vast majority of the West's populations will not even listen to the idea that there is anything at all wrong in our shared world experience. There's no immediate threat to those living in the suburbs on a daily basis, no terrorist threat that engages people personally and immediately, and if there is some violence it's scattered and occasional, not a thing to notice for more than a few days, if that. It's all considered to be blown out of proportion by racist Islamophobic bigots and the problem is with Israel and the invasion of Iraq. It's the old companies. It's the Man on the Moon.
The middle classes in the West do not wish to be disturbed by those they see as alarmists. Religion of peace. Tiny minority. Mumble in sleep. Hijacked by fanatics. Halliburton. Oil companies. The Jews. Kid's soccer game on Thursday....
By IBRAHIM BARZAK
Associated Press Writer
September 24, 2005, 3:40 PM EDT
Farhad's mother, known as Um Nidal, said all three of her sons have been killed in fighting with the Israelis. "I am so proud," she said. "I wish I had more sons to offer."
Those who know the history of war, and more importantly the psychology of war, of warriors in combat, will know that total war is always with us, and that it's only in this past century that total war is eliminated from vast parts of the West. Yeah, Bush is worse than Hitler. America is the most destructive empire in history. White Europeans, as Susan Sontag writes, are the cancer of history. Those who know war know better, and to listen to the Sontags of the "anti-war" movement is to become nauseous and enraged. War, historically, is annihilation of ones armed opponents and the enslavement of their fit survivors, some of them. We in the West do not murder civilian populations at random for the sake of extermination. We do not offer to exterminate our own children for the sake of the greater glory of our tribes. We avoid war like the plague. Modern war is so terrible only because our technology is so advanced. Otherwise it's far less destructive than man on man sword fighting. But here we are in the beginnings of a war we in the West generally refuse to acknowledge as a war at all. What is to be done? Our nations do not want war against the primitive fascist hordes of Islam who wish only that they had more sons to die. We want our continued comfort.
The war waged on civil Modernity is not going to go away. No appeasement is going to sate the death-lust of Muslims. Even Islamic triumph world-wide won't stop the war that will wage within Islam. The author below gives us some variations of possible approaches to our situation. We think they all suck.
There's a chance that by letting the world of Islam go to Hell on its own that we won't have to fight them at all. That Cold War thesis, that by fighting Communism we allowed it to live on, ignores the problem of the details of the daily lives of those suffering, in this case, from the evils of Islam. If we allow Islam to take its natural course, to grow as a boil on the collective Human body that it will of its own nature burst, ignores the value of individual Human life.
In a later post we'll look at the International Brigades of the Spanish Civil War. We'll also look at the current situation in Thailand as it comes under attack by Islamic triumphalists. In drawing those two topics together we will put forth our preferred solution to the state of Islamic imperialism today.