America is a divided nation. We do not have the necessary unity to engage in a Long War with a militarily weaker but ideologically fanatical asymmetric enemy. They are more intensely devoted to our subjugation than we are to theirs. Things are looking up in Iraq, but that can only be acknowledged and accepted as true by those whose ideology does not blind them to favorable developments. There can be no praise from the blind for what is going right, either because we took too long to get it right, or because Iraq was a peace-loving sovereign nation-state with no WMD’s and no links to terrorists.
Wretchard said… I don’t think Islam is the problem. Islam is as it has ever been. Nothing about it has changed. Yet in the recent past it posed no difficulties to the West. Why the danger now? What’s changed is us.That global sharia law should want all of Western patrimony atop one monstrous bonfire is to be expected. That’s after all its nature. But what is surprising is the endless number of Western “intellectuals” who are stumbling all over themselves to cast the first books into the flame.Islam is perfectly well equipped to deal with people like al-Qaeda. They have their knives, swords, stones, anthills and whips. It is we who are helpless against them. One fellow asked me how I proposed to solve the Muslim insurgency in Mindanao. I answered, “give it to Malaysia.”The real problem is internal to Western society. It is implicit in its political contradictions, for which Political Correctness has become a shorthand. The War on Terror will never be won by bombing Muslims. It can only be won by changing ourselves. Islam hasn’t changed from its inception. We are the deviants; we are the ones who have been untrue to our roots. 12/02/2007 04:49:00 PM
Societal evolution has been trending the wrong way in America since 1967, from the perspective of many who are vocal in support of the troops and their mission. Others of my fellow citizens seek to accelerate America’s retreat from global hegemony and would punish those who stand in their way if they could for politically incorrect thought. This is not a conflict resolvable by Regular Strategic Communicators and Information Operators, nor should it be. They have polite fictions to maintain. This is a Domestic Internal Defense mission that only those political operatives and Civilian Irregular Information Operators sympathetic to American Exceptionalism can accomplish.
Those of us with unimpaired 1st Amendment rights will need to ratchet up the intensity of our opposition to the domestic “Loyal Opposition” if we expect to reverse the trend.