Read an interview with the enemy from Australia’s 60 Minutes.
Read an interview with the enemy from Australia’s 60 Minutes.
Read an interview with the enemy from Australia’s 60 Minutes.
From the International Humanist and Ethical Union:
IHEU today attempted to call on the United Nations to condemn killing in the name of religion, but were prevented from doing so by the heavy-handed intervention of Islamic representatives. The IHEU call, at today’s meeting of the UN Sub-Commission on Human Rights in Geneva, follows moves by Islamic clerics to legitimise the current wave of terror attacks.
At this afternoon’s meeting, IHEU representative David Littman attempted to deliver a prepared text in the joint names of three international NGOs: the Association for World Education, the Association of World Citizens, and IHEU, but was prevented from doing so by the intervention of Islamic members of the Sub-Commission. After repeated interruptions he was unable to complete his speech.
The Islamic members of the Sub-Commission objected to the speech as an attack on Islam. The text however(attached) is a report on recent critical comment on Islamist extremism by a number of notable Muslim writers and is a call to the UN Human Rights Commission by the NGOs “to condemn calls to kill, to terrorise or to use violence in the name of God or any religion”.
The text referred to recent decisions by high-ranking Muslim clerics confirming that those who carry out suicide bombings cannot be treated as apostates and remain Muslims(1), a fatwa by a Saudi cleric that innocent Britons were a legitimate target for terrorist action(2), and remarks by Yusuf al-Qaradawi, dean of the College of Sharia and Islamic Studies at Qatar University who has visited Britain, that terror attacks are permissible.
Commenting on this censorship, Roy Brown, President of IHEU said:
“This is part and parcel of the refusal by the Islamic representatives at the UN to condemn the suicide bombers, or to accept any criticism of those who kill innocent people in the name of God.
There is an excellent article on reparations in the American Thinker. The gist is that while the NAACP, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are shaking down corporations for reparations, and if they are serious, then there is another group that should be paying reparations:
Licking his chops, interim president of the NAACP Dennis C. Hayes said, “… we will be pursuing reparations from companies that have historical ties to slavery and engaging all parties to come to the table.” I have to wonder, though, if “all parties” means there’s place at that table for one Rev. Wayne Perryman.
You see, Rev. Perryman, a conservative minister from Seattle, Washington, has filed suit against the Democrat Party, charging “that because of their racist past practices the Democratic Party should be required to pay African Americans Reparations.”
What an inspired idea. This is the party of George Wallace, who blocked schoolhouse doors after an integration order and is famous for the campaign battle cry, “Segregation today, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever!” It’s the party of the original Ku Klux Klan. It’s the party of slavery. It’s also the party occupied by virtually all the members of the Greenback Coalition. Ah, no sweeter irony have lips ever tasted: those throwing the reparations stones are living in a most fragile glass house.
The truth is that if the Greenback Coalition’s thesis – namely, that entities whose former selves had a hand in or profited from slavery are today responsible for making amends – is valid, there’s no reason why the Democrats should be omitted from the chain of responsibility. Why, theirs is among the most prominent of places in the hierarchy of complicity. After all, who bears greater responsibility: those in authority who create unjust laws or those subject to that authority who operate within the parameters of the law? The Democrat southern governments abdicated their moral responsibility to afford basic human rights to all persons residing within their borders. The rule of thumb here is that with responsibility comes authority and with authority comes responsibility.
Another consideration is the fact that just like the hapless corporations that find themselves haunted by the ghosts of the distant past, the Democrat Party was a beneficiary of slavery. For instance, by being a guarantor of the perpetuation of slavery the Democrats gained and retained power. Given this fact, and in light of the Greenback Coalition’s demand that corporations disclose whether or not they filled their coffers on the backs of slaves, there should be an investigation of the Democratic Party to determine the degree to which it benefited financially from slavery. After all, we know that political parties tend to get donations from those who benefit from their policies. So, let’s find out how much money the Democrats received from plantation owners and other businesses that had a vested interest in the institution of slavery.
This is a golden opportunity for the shakedown thugs to prove that, well . . . they’re not thugs. You see, some people could get the fanciful idea that the drive for reparations is animated by ignoble motivations like greed and the pursuit of political power. Why, people get some crazy ideas, don’t they? Standing on principle and applying the same standard to all – including your political bedfellows – would serve well to dispel these notions.
Well, let’s see how much the Democratic Party is willing to pay in reparations. I’ll let you know when they write the check how much it is for.
An article in the Antelope Valley Press relates how Muslims living in the Antelope Valley, about an hour north of Los Angeles, stress message of peace.
“Islam is Peace,” the signs read as about 100 Muslims and supporters from across the Antelope Valley offered that message to their fellow residents in a street-corner rally Friday evening.
Drivers answered by honking their horns and returning peace signs. Two sheriff’s squad cars idled in the old K-Mart parking lot for security, but deputies said no problems were reported.
Asema Sultan immigrated to the United States from Pakistan 24 years ago and has lived in Palmdale for 15 years.
The sign she carried said: “Not in our name.”
“Killing any person is not right,” she said. “Jihad is an inner struggle, not killing people.”
Her concept of jihad is not often heard among those who purport to carry out holy war in the name of Islam.
Jihad, Sultan explained, should be thought of as “restraining desires, resisting from evil.”
“Good doesn’t come easily,” she said. “You have to sacrifice to do good.”
As she spoke, a young white man drove by in a beat-up black car, honking his horn and waving his middle finger at the gathered Muslims.
Sultan shrugs it off.
“There are all kinds of people,” she said. “They just need more education, that’s all.
“We don’t blame them. They will learn one day.”
Kamal al-Khatib, leader of the American Islamic Institute of the Antelope Valley, helped organize the event.
“This is the whole community coming together,” he said.
Friday’s rally came as participants were just learning of several car bombings in an Egyptian resort.
At least 49 people died in three car bombings early today at the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheik.
“The whole world’s on fire right now,” al-Khatib said. “If the world doesn’t take care of these problems, we’re going to have the jungle.”
Medhat Elharty, an Egyptian who now lives in Palmdale, was at the resort just a few weeks ago.
“It’s a beautiful town,” he said. “Not many Egyptian people go there because the cost is very high.”
The bombings rattled Elharty.
“It’s really bad,” he said. “This is not the Muslim way.”
The rally was informal. There were no grand speeches or calls to action. Members of the Muslim community and supporters stood on the corner of 10th Street West and Rancho Vista Boulevard (Avenue P) waiving peace signs and American flags, showing that they were part of the community.
Abdul-Wahab Omeira, a chaplain at California State Prison Los Angeles County in Lancaster and the main event organizer, told al-Khatib there would be no grandstanding at the event.
“We don’t need speeches,” he said, wearing a pink sign across his chest that said, “We love the UK.”
“Action speaks louder than words,” he told al-Khatib.
Several participants gathered briefly around Omeira, who paraphrased a simple passage from the Koran to denounce terrorism:
“If you kill one person, unjustly, you kill all humanity. If you save one person, you save all humanity.”
It was a saying oft-\en repeated by many at the event.
A handful of on-Muslim residents came out to support their neighbors.
Don Gockel, a Realtor from Palmdale, brought water for the demonstrators and handed out American flags with his business card attached.
“I don’t think for a moment that all Muslims are terrorists. We have a well-established Muslim community in the Antelope Valley that doesn’t need to be associated with the wrong group,” he said.
Caroline Scratch of Lake Hughes said a Palestinian man she worked with for 30 years helped her understand Muslims and the Middle East. That understanding, she said, brought her to Friday’s rally.
“Every age has to fight evil in its own way,” she said. “This is their way. They’re willing to say (terrorism) is evil, and that’s what we need to hear.”
Ron Constable of Palmdale added, “When some folks are doing something right, it’s right to support ’em.”
Gini Armstrong, also of Palmdale, was impressed by the showing.
“When Muslims make the point that terrorism doesn’t represent them, and are willing to come out here,” she said, “they’re taking back their faith.”
Around 8 p.m., a man wearing an Army shirt walked through the rally and offered a firm handshake to al-Khatib.
“Last time I saw this was outside of Baghdad,” said the man, who identified himself only as an Army corporal from Palmdale. He served a tour of duty in Iraq that ended in January 2004.
“Right now, people are biased against them,” he said of the rallying Muslims. “I wish I would see more of something along this line.”
He added, “Next to supporting the troops, this is equally good.”
As I have said in the past, when the majority of Muslims who oppose the jihadists speak up and issue fatwas like they did here, the jihadists will no longer be able to use the Quran as justification for their murderous acts.
Tigerhawk writes about the historical/philosophical roots of the current Jihadist movement:
This blog has long argued that our enemy in the current war – not the tactic “terror” but al Qaeda and its ideological and organizational affiliates – has, like the international Communist movement, been in gestation for several generations. Al Qaeda uses recent or symbolically powerful grievances such as the existence of Israel or the presence of “infidels” in Arabia or Mesopotamia for propagandistic purposes, but neither the organization nor its philosophy fundamentally derive from anything that the West has done in a very long time.
Read the article for the history of this War against the West, which has been going on since the 19th Century.
An intellectual movement centered upon fighting the power of the West began with a complex figure called Jamal al-Din, often known as Al-Afghani, who taught in Egypt, was exiled to Paris, and eventually died in Constantinople in 1897. He called on Muslims to resist the West, to turn the West’s own weapons and techniques against it.
The reason to learn the history of this deadly war against Western civilization is because the more we know about it, and especially, the more we know that it is not a recent development, the better we will be able to confront it.
Make no mistake, we are engaged in World War III, and it will last a long time.
In an editorial in the London Times , Ben McIntyre asks the question, “How would Churchill have answered the Islamist threat?”
Churchill had an uncanny ability to frame emotional tumult, personal sacrifice and human conflict in a unique form of political poetry that was instantly timeless. His words from February 1934 seem grimly appropriate: “I have lived through a period when one looked forward, as we do now, with anxiety and uncertainty to what would happen in the future . . . Suddenly something did happen: tremendous, swift, overpowering, irresistible.”
It is reasonable to ask what Churchill, a man so acutely aware of his own historical legacy, might have made of the worst terrorist attack on British soil. He would, I think, have snorted at the facile comparisons between the deaths caused by the attacks of 7/7 and the pounding, nightly horror of the Blitz. But he would surely have commended the “business as usual” attitude of most Londoners, and the outpouring of resistance on the internet, with its spontaneous black humour.
From a broader perspective, he might well have backed the invasion of Afghanistan and the toppling of the Taleban, an identifiable regime with a putrid ideology posing an imminent danger to British subjects. I am less convinced that he would have supported the war in Iraq. At the time of the Mesopotamia campaign in 1917, Churchill had seen the British Army march on Baghdad to take control of the oilfields and topple a brutal regime, only to become embroiled in a bloody quagmire. Churchill also knew that the “highest moral value” attaches to striking the second blow, to responding to provocation: he would not, I believe, have started a pre-emptive war. (Saddam was another avid Churchill fan: “We will fight them on the streets, from the rooftops, house to house . . . ” he told George Galloway, shortly before running away to hide in a hole in the ground.)
Well, we do know how Churchill responded in the struggle to free the Sudan from the Jihadists of the 19th Century:
“How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities – but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilisation of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilisation of ancient Rome.”
—Sir Winston Churchill, from The River War, first edition, Vol. II, pages 248-50 (London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1899).
Churchill would have considered the Islamist attacks against Western civilization to be an assault against Western civilized values that should be dealt with sternly.
Barbara Lerner writes in The National Review that we are making a mistake by letting Ariel Sharon withdraw Israeli settlers from the Gush Katif region in the Gaza. This is not just about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It is about the War with the Jihadists that the entire Western world is currently involved in, and the danger to the West of turning this strategic area over to them. The article should be read.
But Gaza isn’t Eden, and this isn’t the apple of knowledge. It’s a Rohypnol-like apple of ignorance, and it is blinding us to the danger America faces — a danger our Islamofascist enemies see clearly and are primed to take advantage of. We think Gaza is all about Israel and the Palestinians; our enemies know it’s mainly about us. We think we are encouraging Israel to hand Gaza over to Mahmoud Abbas and his Fatah party, local Palestinians with purely local ambitions — ambitions that encompass the whole of Israel, perhaps, but nothing beyond it — ambitions that have nothing to do with us. Our enemies know that behind a Fatah fig leaf, we are handing Gaza over to Hamas, an international terrorist organization of global reach and ambition that is one of America’s deadliest enemies. We think Hamas only attacks Jews. They know that Hamas is a main recruiting agent for Arab jihadists, not just from among the 2.4 million Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank and from the much larger numbers of Palestinians scattered in strategic enclaves throughout the region and the world, but for other Arabs too. We think Hamas sends all these jihadists only to Israel. They know Hamas sends a never-ending stream of them to Afghanistan, Chechnya, the Balkans, Kashmir, Lebanon and, most critically for us right now, to Iraq. And when our press insistently refers to Abu Musab al Zarqawi, the master terrorist who directs the foreign jihadists in Iraq, as “a Jordanian,” our enemies laugh. They know Zarqawi has always called himself a Palestinian, and is recognized as such, in Jordan and throughout the Middle East.
To see what Hamas control of Gaza will mean for us in Iraq, we have to see it as our enemies do — not just Hamas, but its parent organization, the Brotherhood, and its longtime partners Hezbollah, al Qaeda, and the Wahhabi and Salafist movements. To do that, forget Israel entirely for a moment. Look only at the terror war against America, and at the geography of Islamofascism that supports it. Place Gaza in that context, and its strategic location jumps out at you. Control of Gaza gives Hamas and its partners direct access to the land border with Egypt, as well as access by sea to terrorist supply ports in Lebanon and Syria, and from them, overland, to the terror training camps in Syria, Lebanon, and Iran and to the ratlines from Syria into Iraq.
She concludes with:
The good news is that unlike the Biblical Samson, we are not irrevocably blind, only seduced and blindfolded by a mix of propaganda, ideology, and wishful thinking that prevent us from seeing reality. If we tear off our blindfold and call a halt to the Gaza retreat before August 17, we will save ourselves and our friends in Iraq much anguish, and save our Israeli friends and perhaps our Lebanese friends too. And if we do it boldly, proclaiming our determination to defeat Islamofascist terror in Gaza as we are defeating it in Iraq and Afghanistan, we will bring a final American victory much closer.
The whole issue of withdrawal and turning over strategic locations to jihadists who proclaim war against Israel and the West needs to be carefully reconsidered. Abu Mazen is not in control in the Palestinian Territories. Hamas and other jihadists are. The United States, and sadly, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, are deluding themselves if they think that a benign democracy will emerge in the Palestinian areas.
Rather, the very Islamofascists who flew into the World Trade Center, who blew up passengers on trains in Spain and London, who killed tourists at Sharm-El-Sheik, and who kill shoppers and bus passengers in Israel, are who we are turning Gaza over to. We need to open our eyes and see the truth.
This is an email that I received from Melanie Morgan of Move America Forward. It carries a very important message, which is why I am reproducing it in full here.
Bill Lockyer, a leftist Democrat, who is the Attorney General of California, and the person responsible for getting the Re-Districting Initiative removed from the November ballot in California, displays anti-American art in his offices.
This email from Move America Forward is in response to the display of this offensive art by a self-described America-hating artist, Steven Pearcy, in Lockyer’s office .
This is one email you might want to print out. It’s important, and I need you to read every last word.
From Egypt we learn that the terrorists have struck once more, and again they have chosen to target innocent civilians – people whose only “crime” was merely trying to vacation with their families.
There is a reason the terrorists strike at vacation resorts, and at office towers in New York and underground trains in London. The terrorists’ ultimate target is the civilian population of the free world.
They want to undermine our resolve and cause the people of the free world to capitulate under the threats of violence and through the tactics of intimidation and fear.
So, you can understand why it is that I am so offended when I see some misguided and vocal types protesting against our troop and against what our great nation stands for.
A perfect example of the type of people I am referring to is Steve Pearcy, a Berkeley, California resident who is intent on terrorizing the people of Sacramento with his obscene anti-American art. Pearcy gained national fame after he began displaying U.S. troops hanged in effigy from a noose on the front of his 2nd home – in Sacramento, California.
Pearcy maintains a BLOG where he describes those who support our troops as:
“…drooling, toothless conservatives gathered across the street from my home to hold their candlelight, faith-healing, vigilante prayer meeting… Next time, for the sake of my neighbors across the street, I hope that the bible-thumpers will remember to bring their drool buckets with them.”
You may view Steve Pearcy’s BLOG online here. (Warning: there is a great deal of offensive content)
People like Steve Pearcy do the bidding of the terrorists… they work to undermine American support for our troops and the missions they serve: Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom (in Afghanistan). The offensive behavior of people like Steve Pearcy helps invigorate the terrorists and make them believe that their
efforts are working, that American resolve in the war against terrorism is waning – and thus the killing of innocent civilians continues.
But now things have gotten much more serious.
The California State Attorney General (California’s highest law enforcement officer) has put up Mr. Pearcy’s anti-American “art” along with anti-American, anti-military and anti-Christian works by other “artists” in the California Department of Justice building.
You can see the “art” here:
Mr. Lockyer is paid by the taxpayers. The Department of Justice building is funded by the taxpayers.
Yet, we must all be subjected to sponsoring these works that seek to undermine our nation at a time of war. Well, it’s time to speak up folks!
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It is unacceptable to allow such America-bashing and military-bashing by the likes of Steve Pearcy and Attorney General Lockyer to go unanswered.
But, instead of just responding with cries of protest, we have an opportunity to turn this story around… to make it a message of pride in our nation and our troops – a message that hopefully will be so loud it spreads through media reports, talk radio shows, and Internet websites and BLOGs around the world.
Move America Forward is organizing the “I LOVE AMERICA” pro-American art exhibit and rally.
We are collecting pro-American art from our supporters throughout the nation. We ask that each of you reading this letter take the time to make your own pro-American display. It can be a painting, a sketch, a drawing, whatever you wish.
Ideally it should be 8.5″ x 11″ or smaller.
We ask that you mail us your artwork or drop it by our headquarters:
Move America Forward
770 L Street #950
Sacramento, CA 95814
Include with your pro-American art submission a note of support for our troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. The reason? We’ll be sending your artwork and notes to our troops DIRECTLY to the men and women serving in Iraq & Afghanistan along with boxes of cookies and bags of premium coffee.
More information available here.
>>> THE BIG DAY <<<
On Thursday, July 28, 2005 we will put on display the pro-American art we have received from around the nation in a massive display in front of the California Department of Justice located at 1300 I Street in Sacramento (downtown Sacramento, California at the intersection of 13th and I streets).
The “I LOVE AMERICA” exhibit will take place simultaneous with a pro-American rally that will also take place in front of the Attorney General’s office.
The event begins around 3:30 PM in the afternoon and lasts until 10:00 PM.
We really need to have everyone on hand between 4:30 PM and 7:00 PM as this will be the time that the news media will be present in greatest numbers to cover this event.
And that news media coverage is key to what this event is all about.
We need hundreds upon hundreds – if not thousands – of Americans to be present with American flags, pro-troop signs and banners, wearing your red, white and blue clothing.
There will be enough fair-minded and objective news outlets covering the “I LOVE AMERICA” art exhibit and rally, so that if we can amass a large enough crowd we can make headlines around the nation – and beyond. You can expect that news organizations like Fox News Channel, talk radio shows and Internet news services will be covering this story.
We have a chance to organize a massive display of love for our country and appreciation for our troops – one so large and powerful it drowns out the “hate” contained from the anti-American exhibit inside Attorney General Lockyer’s office building.
Aren’t you sick and tired of feeling like we are always on the defensive? Doesn’t it seem like we always have to denounce the irresponsible actions by the likes of Senator Dick Durbin, or radical anti-war protestors, or people like Steve Pearcy and Bill Lockyer?
Well, instead of just complaining, let’s do something positive, beautiful and proactive.
it’s time we made the effort and sacrifice of just a short time from our own personal lives to stand up for what we believe in.
If people who wish to undermine what our nation stands for can dedicate their time and effort to denounce America and criticize our troops, can’t the rest of us dedicate just a little bit of time and effort to send out our own message of patriotism, pride in our troops, and resolve to not be intimidated by terrorism or those who wish to undermine our nation’s resolve?
It’s time for action – positive, pro-active and pro-American action.
I’m counting on each of you reading this… whether you live in California or some state beyond, to join with me and support the “I LOVE AMERICA” exhibit and rally.
Send in your artwork. Get your kids to make their own artwork. You don’t have to be a talented artist… just someone with the heart and passion of being a proud American.
I can tell you from talking to our troops in Iraq that one of the things they love most is to receive messages of support and notes from children. So, get every child you can to participate in this program!
And make your travel plans with your family and friends so that you can stand side-by-side with us this Thursday, July 28, 2005 for the “I LOVE AMERICA” art exhibit and rally.
I can think of no better activity to take your children to… show them something that the old line monopoly media will never show them… show them the silent majority of Americans who love their country and will stand behind the men and women of our military who risk their lives to keep us safe and free.
Please, help me make sure that we have a giant crowd on Thursday.
Let’s show our strength in numbers, and let’s showcase an alternative to the bash-America artwork on display in the California Department of Justice building. And bring friends, family members, co-workers.
Forward this email on to anyone else you think you can persuade to make the trip to Sacramento. Send this notice to others you know who already live in northern California.
You can make discount travel reservations using the links below. Make it a long weekend summer vacation – just make sure you are with us this Thursday sometime between 3:30 PM and 10:00 PM. We want to show that people came from all across the nation to make their voices heard.
Finally – you can listen in to my morning radio show each weekday for more updates about this major event.
Listen in from 5:00 AM to 9:00 AM Pacific Time (that’s 8:00 AM – 12:00 Noon Eastern Time) on KSFO 560 AM in northern California.
For those of you who live outside the area you can listen in LIVE online here.
You can also hear more updates about this from my friend, Mark Williams, of Sacramento station KFBK 1530 AM. Mark is helping us organize the “I LOVE AMERICA” art exhibit and rally.
Listen to Mark’s show each weekday night from 7:00 PM until 10:00 PM. You can stream his program LIVE online here.
Thank you so very much for reading this long letter. I really hope that every one of you reading this will stop by and say hello to me on Thursday. And please, keep sending in that artwork to our Move America Forward headquarters.
Most sincerely yours,
Chairman, Move America Forward
In reading a post on Shrinkwrapped today I came across the initials BDS. Of course I wanted to find out what they stood for. My quest took me to a post of Charles Krauthammer in December of 2003, which somehow I missed since I read Krauthammer religiously (Don’t tell the ACLU).
Krauthammer is a psychiatrist who no longer practices but instead writes insightful commentary on Townhall, the Washington Post and Newsweek. He defines the term, Bush Derangement Syndrome as:
“Bush Derangement Syndrome: the acute onset of paranoia in otherwise normal people in reaction to the policies, the presidency — nay — the very existence of George W. Bush.”
Read his article to get the full definition of BDS. He concludes with:
The sad news is that there is no cure. But there is hope. There are many fine researchers seeking that cure. Your donation to the BDS Foundation, no matter how small, can help. Mailing address: Republican National Committee, Washington DC, Attention: psychiatric department. Just make sure your amount does not exceed $2,000 ($4,000 for a married couple).
Then, I came across this post titled, “Bush Derangement Syndrome Revisited,”from a psychiatrist who writes the Shrinkwrapped blog. Now I think that we all come across people who have been afflicted with this disease from time to time, so it would be worthwhile to review both the Krauthammer article and the Shrinkwrapped post to get a full understanding of this illness. The MSM and liberals seem to be particularly vulnerable to this incurable affliction.
In the news today is a report of John Kerry, who appears to have been so damaged by his inexplicable loss to Bush in the last election, that he has been unable to come to terms with his defeat, that he somehow manages to believe, in an almost delusional way, that he can still become President someday soon:
Kerry Touts Bush Impeachment Memo
Failed presidential candidate John Kerry said Thursday that he intends to confront Congress with a document touted by critics of President Bush as evidence that he committed impeachable crimes by falsifying evidence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
He is now out there with the Deaniacs and others who are convincing themselves that Bush, all Republicans except John McCain, the US Military, and anyone who supports our efforts to win the war in Iraq are evil, sadistic monsters who are much more dangerous than Saddam Hussein, Osama bin Laden, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. I do not think Bush Derangement Syndrome is a full explanation of this phenomenon.
BDS is only part of a larger syndrome. Illiberal liberals, those who cry “fascist” and “Bushhitler” the loudest, leftists, ranging from outright communists to softer socialists, have defined much of their sense of themselves in terms of the virtues conferred upon them by their superior intellect and superior moral positions.”
He then concludes:
This, then, is what gives Bush Derangement Syndrome its emotional power and passion. If the progressives are wrong about Bush, wrong about the direction of our country, wrong about how best to organize a society and produce freedom and wealth, then they have been wrong for the last 30 years. They would have to accept their complicity in the deaths of millions. They would have to deal with being allied with monsters who killed indiscriminately and sadistically, rather than on the side of the angels. How could they face themselves if they were wrong? Their guilt would be overwhelming. They have chosen to seek protection in their anger even if it is delusional because the alternative would be, literally, unbearable.
You should read the whole article. It explains a lot about the irrational anger and dangerous antics of liberals and those on the left, from a psychological perspective.
I am reproducing this article in the Wall Street Journal by Caleb Carr, in its entirety, even though it is long, because the Wall Street Journal requires a subscription and I think everyone should read this very important article.
UPDATE: I have been informed that reproducing the article in its entirety is in violation of the copyright of the article, so I am removing it from this site. You can read the full article here.
Take a minute. You won’t read anything more important than the lessons you will learn from this article.
In all of these examples, then, the “trigger” for terrorist action was not any newly adopted Western posture of force and defiance. Rather, it was a deepening of the targeted public’s wish to deal with terrorism through avoidance and accommodation, a mass descent into the psychological belief, so often disproved by history, that if we only leave vicious attackers alone, they will leave us alone. It is hardly surprising that by actively trying — or merely indicating that they wished — to bury their collective heads in the sand, the societies were led not to peace but to more violent attacks. Al Qaeda and terrorist groups in general have tended to press their campaigns of violence against civilians in areas where they have sensed disunity and a lack of forceful opposition. In the manner of clinical sociopaths, they seem to “smell fear” — and to find in it, not any inspiration to show mercy or accept accommodation, but a compulsion to torment all the more vigorously those who exude it.
Mr. Carr is author of “The Lessons of Terror: A History of Warfare Against Civilians,” and “The Alienist.” He teaches military history at Bard.
America must show a united unwavering commitment to defeat the terrorists. We must not let them “smell fear” or sense a weakness of purpose.
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Update: 7/20/2005 ShrinkWrapped, a blog written by a psychoanalyst, comments as follows on the Carr essay:
“I do believe that appeasement is disastrous in such a battle. This suggests how crucial the information front is in the war. The efforts of the MSM and the Democratic party, under the sway of BDS [Bush Derangement Syndrome], has been to give ammunition to our enemies, which they gleefully use to the fullest. A Pakistani-American on NPR this morning called in to comment on the recent Fatwa from the 300 Muslim Imams attacking terrorism as non-Islamic. He agreed that most American Muslims would agree with the Fatwa, but immediately added that when you see Americans abusing Muslims at Abu Graib and Guantanamo, it is so infuriating to Muslims that they naturally feel like taking such actions.
If Abu Graib was a one day story would it have been such a powerful weapon against us? If the New York Times had not done all in its power to invalidate the war effort and attack the President, by using the real, but minor, abuse at Abu Graib, and the faux abuse at Gitmo, to discredit our fight, would our effort be less constrained and strained? If Iraq is serving as a recruiting device and a training site for Islamists, we can thank our own MSM and select, foolish, politicians, for supplying them with the propaganda materials to keep up the flow.”
The American people know that the mainstream media (MSM) are so politically biased against Republicans and President Bush that they would do anything to embarrass the administration, even if it meant putting our own military and citizens at potential risk. The sad part of that is that they are so intent on embarrassing the administration that I suspect that in many cases they don’t even realize the harm they do to this country and its people.