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Wednesday, September 25, 2002
 
And yet another man after my own heart. A fellow named Steven Den Beste has a blog with some wonderful stuff. Here's a sample of his piece on why the U.S. must invade Iraq (for openers) that caught my eye:

"We're everything that they think they should be, everything they once were, and by our power and success we throw their modern failure into stark contrast, especially because we've gotten to where we are by doing everything their religion says is wrong. We've deeply sinned, and yet we've won. They are forced to compare their own accomplishments to ours because we are the standard of success, and in every important way they come up badly short. In most of the contests it's not just that our score is higher, it's that their score is zero.

They have nothing whatever they can point to that can save face and preserve their egos. In every practical objective way we are better than they are, and they know it.

And since this is a "face" culture, one driven by pride and shame, that is intolerable. Nor is it something we can easily redress. The oft-proposed idea of increasing aid and attempting to eliminate poverty may well help in South America and sub-Saharan Africa, but it will not defuse the hatred of our Arab/Islamic enemies, for it is our success that they hate, not the fruits of that success.

It isn't that they also want to be rich. Indeed, the majority of the most militant members of al Qaeda came from Saudi Arabia, out of comfortable existence. What they want is to stay with their traditional culture and for it to be successful, and that isn't possible. We can make them rich through aid, but we can't make them successful because their failure is not caused by us, but by the deep flaws in their culture. Their culture cannot succeed. It is too deeply and fundamentally crippled.

Everything they think they know says that they should be successful. They once were successful, creating and ruling a great empire, with a rich culture. God says they will be successful; it's right there in the Qur'an. God lays on them the duty to dominate the world, but they can't even dominate their own lands any longer. They face a profound crisis of faith, and it can only resolve one of three ways....."


The rest is at:

http://www.denbeste.nu/cd_log_entries/2002/09/Whoisourenemy.shtml
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Tuesday, September 24, 2002
 
A little gem from Down Under....

Those of you who are amused by my little ramblings here, but who seek meatier stuff as well, will probably enjoy John Ray's blog entitled "Dissecting Leftism." (Personally I'd rather vivisect them, but that's just quibbling.)

You'll find John's interesting and unique perspective at:

http://jonjayray.blogspot.com/

Unlike myself, John is burdened with actual knowledge in such fields as psychology and sociology, so he uses more big words than I do. It's very readable, though, and his analysis of the psychology of leftists squares a lot with my own views.

How he lasted in the academy as long as he did whilst harboring such heretical notions is quite a mystery.

Ed
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