| Grateful for What They Hate
| Friday, November 27, 2015
|The Paris attacks have occasioned a wide-ranging debate about what
they mean and how to respond, involving Islam and its role, military
strategy, and – oddly enough – how Muslims in New Jersey reacted to
September 11 (thanks, Donald Trump).
It’s all very interesting and, for
the most part, quite important.
At bottom, though, the import of the Paris attacks is not complicated:
ISIS terrorists are enemies of our civilization.
In Paris, they chose their target well.
They assaulted a city that dates
back thousands of years and has been a leading Western capital going
back to the Capetians, a site of soaring endeavor (Notre Dame) and
extraordinary learning (University of Paris) since the 12th century, a
place representing geological layers of Western civilization, and its
glories and conflicts and follies.
Paris has seen its share of sectarian hatred (the St. Bartholomew’s
Day massacre), violent upheavals (too many to count), and
authoritarians (Napoleon Bonaparte, most notably), but it is synonymous
with an appreciation for the finest things wrought by human talent and
discernment. You don’t have to be fond of France’s centralizing
political culture or its statist economics (I’m not) to recognize its
achievements or honored place in the West.
To simplify crudely, the Western story began in the 5th century B.C. on
an Athenian hillside where people sat and voted on public questions and,
over the course of millennia – and with multiple, often clashing
sources, from the Romans to the Catholic Church to the Enlightenment –
produced our current liberal dispensation.
Read it all here...........
|posted by D.Swami Gwekanandam @ 9:35 PM