| The War That Hasn’t Ended
| Saturday, November 14, 2015
There is always the chance that the next attack will knock the
scales from our eyes.
Always the chance that we will realize the enemy
is at war with us, even as we foolishly believe we can end the war by
not fighting it, by surrendering.
As this is written, the death count in Paris is 158. That number will
grow higher, and very many more will be counted among the wounded and
“Allahu Akbar!” cried the jihadists as they killed innocent after
French innocent. The commentators told us it means “God is great.” But
it doesn’t. It means “Allah is greater!” It is a comparative, a cry of
combative aggression: “Our God is mightier than yours.” It is central to
a construction of Islam, mainstream in the Middle East, that sees
itself at war with the West.
It is what animates our enemies.
Barack Obama tells us — harangues us — that he is the president who came
to end wars. Is that noble? Reflective of an America that honors “our
values”? No, it is juvenile.
In the real world, the world of aggression — not “micro-aggression” —
you don’t get to end wars by pronouncing them over, or mistaken, or
contrary to “our values.”
You end them by winning them . . . or losing them.
If you demonstrate that you are willing to lose, then you lose. If you
sympathize with the enemy’s critique of the West on the lunatic theory
that this will appease the enemy, you invite more attacks, more mass
France is hoping the night’s bloodshed is done as it counts its dead.
And perhaps it is for now.
But the atrocities are not over, not even
In Paris, it has been but the blink of an eye since the Charlie Hebdo
massacre, after which Western nations joined together in supposed
solidarity, supporting the fundamental right to free expression.
That lasted about five minutes.
Read it all here..................................
|posted by D.Swami Gwekanandam @ 2:56 PM