Thursday, October 05, 2006

Duty to conscience

Lee Harris:

The ethical issue that is raised by Madeleine Bunting is no trivial one, and it should gravely concern us all. Morally responsible human beings should always be aware of the consequences of both their words and their actions on others. Yet morally responsible human beings also have another duty, and it is an equally solemn one -- it is the duty that they owe to their intellectual conscience.


Sunday, October 01, 2006

Month-End Review

Important reads from the month not already covered in previous posts:

Carter and Brzezinski, together again at last – Sept 1 READ
The Next War of the World – Sept 11 READ
How the Left Undermined National Security Before 9/11 – Sept 11 READ
Symposium: 9/11: Five Years Later – Sept 11 READ
The Church – Part of the problem or part of the solution – Sept 19 READ
The Guardian of Islamic Extremism – Sept 21 READ
The Pope and Islam - Sept 22 READ
Rekindling an Ancient Rage – Sept 22 READ
Creed of the sword – Sept 23 READ
Barroso accuses EU leaders of letting down Pope - Sept 25 READ
How Many Divisions Has the Pope? – Sept 25 READ
Al Qaeda's Hidden Roots – Sept 25 READ
Because They Hate – Sept 25 READ
Intimidating the West, from Rushdie to Benedict - Sept 26 READ
Dhimmitude for Dummies - Sept 26 READ
Pope Benedict and the Meaning of Words – Sept 26 READ
Before Death Conversion? - Sept 27 READ
Socrates or Muhammad – Sept 28 READ
The Eurabia Code, Part 1 - Sept 30 READ

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Islam's Appeal

Traditional masculine roles are well preserved in Islam. Indeed, manly honor, courage, patriarchy, and a sharp division between the sexes are at the core of Islamic culture. This may be appealing to Western men who find it difficult to express their “manhood” in increasingly neutered societies.


Wednesday, September 20, 2006

The Losing Battle

Meet David Selbourne:

The War is not about Terror READ
Wake Up, the West is losing READ
Ten Reasons READ
The Book READ

Useful commentary on the Pope's speech

The Pope, Jihad and "Dialogue" READ
The Unholy Alliance Rolls Over the Pope READ
Muzzling the Pope READ
A Challenge, not a Crusade READ
The Pope and Kissinger Warn the World READ
The Pope’s Dilemma READ
Apologize for What? READ
The Pope Was Right READ

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Plan for victory: sound strategy and a miracle

Trikovic's expert analysis should be read by all.

The victory in the war on terrorism ultimately has to be won in the domain of morals and culture. As I have argued repeatedly in recent months, the war can be won only by the nations of the great European family that have regained their awareness of their moral, spiritual, and civilizational roots. If that happens, the renewed impulse to defend those lands and to procreate will come, too. While the likelihood of such belated recovery remains in doubt, this grim anniversary offers us an opportunity to renew the hope that it is not impossible. Miracles do happen, and therefore they will happen.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Bad News and More Bad News

Mark Steyn aptly explains the critical difference between Islam and Christianity but concludes with:

The bad news is that Islam will soon be able to enforce submission-conversion at the point of a nuke. The good news is that any religion that needs to do that is, by definition, a weak one. More than that, the fierce faith of the 8th century Muslim warrior has been mostly replaced by a lot of hastily cobbled-together flimflam bought wholesale from clapped out European totalitarian pathologies ... if Washington had half the psy-ops spooks the movies like to think we have, the spiritual neglect in latter-day Islam is a big Achilles' heel just ripe for exploiting.

What is this supposed spiritual lacuna in Islam? It seems a devout Muslim finds all the "spiritual" fulfillment he desires precisely in faithful adherence to the dictates of Allah and His Messenger, which include the forced submission-conversion of infidels. It seems it is the uncompromising view of God and of the absolute inferiority of infidels (which thus requires their submission) that makes Islam, in the eyes of its devout followers if not our own, a strong, not a weak, faith.

Also, describing the faith of today's jihadists, in contradistinction to that of the old-school jihadists, as "a lot of hastily cobbled together flimflam bought wholesale from clapped out European totalitarian pathologies" makes for a nice rhetorical flourish but is this entirely accurate? Do not today's jihadists share the exact same "fierce" faith as those 8th century Muslim warriors that very nearly conquered Europe?

Moreover, if any spiritual neglect has existed in Islam, one would think that that would have already been made apparent, whether by outside exploitation or just through plain self-awareness, and that that would have led to a gradual diminution of the appeal of Islam. Nearly 1,400 years and a billion believers later, that hasn't happened. So much for spiritual neglect.

And finally, while I would not gainsay the value of any "psy-ops" campaign in this war, even if we assume a deficiency of the spiritual within Islam, isn't giving Washington the task of essentially appealing to or redirecting a spiritual need misplaced?

So where is the "Achilles' heel" and where the good news?

(Where I do think a weakness may lie, one that might successfully be exploited to the detriment of the world-wide Jihad - but not neccesarily by Washington, is in Islam's misongyny. More on that another time).

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Month-End Review

Important reads from the month not already covered in previous posts:

A clearing of the mental air in Israel would help – Aug. 1 READ
Something like this, by Labor Day – Aug. 2 READ
In Mortal Danger – Aug. 3 READ
Hezbollah’s War Crimes – Aug. 4 READ
Understanding the Jihad to Destroy Israel – Aug. 7 READ
How China’s Secret Deals are Fueling the Middle East War – Aug. 8 READ
Beware the Terrorists Spinmeisters – Aug. 9 READ
Khaybar, Khaybar – Aug. 9 READ
Why the World Hates the Jews – Aug. 10 READ
Sellout – Aug. 14 READ
Theocracy on the 100-Year Plan – Aug. 15 READ
The EU Idiot’s Guide to Islamic Extremism – Aug.15 READ
Andrew McCarthy slams John Podhoretz – Aug. 15 READ
London Journal: “Moderate” Muslims Behaving Badly – Aug. 16 READ
Infanticide – Mullah Style – Aug. 17 READ
Why We MUST Profile – Aug. 17 READ
Making the World Safe for Shari’a? – Aug. 18 READ
The Ideology of Defeatism – Aug. 18 READ
Europe’s Fellow Travelers – Aug,. 18 READ
The Blind Leading the Evil – Aug. 21 READ
What President Bush Should Say To Us (Part 1) – Aug. 21 READ
The Bush Doctrine Need Not Apply – Aug. 24 READ
Relearning Lessons in the War on Terror – Aug. 24 READ
Time to Get an Education – Aug. 24 READ
After August 22 - Aug. 24 READ
What if the Heathrow Bombers Succeeded? – Aug. 28 READ
What President Bush Should Say To Us (Part 2) – Aug. 28 READ
Fox News and Forced Conversions – Aug. 30 READ
The Bacteria of Stupidity – Aug. 30 READ