April 8, 2010

We are not at war with Islam? Wanna bet you life?


[Arabs] were incorrigibly children of the idea, feckless and colour-blind, to whom body and spirit were for ever and inevitably opposed. Their mind was strange and dark, full of depressions and exaltations, lacking in rule, but with more of ardour and more fertile in belief than any other in the world. They were a people of starts, for whom the abstract was the strongest motive, the process of infinite courage and variety, and the end nothing. They were as unstable as water, and like water would perhaps finally prevail. -- T. E. Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom

Sadly, it's going to take two. Below an excerpt from The First Terrorist War first published here in October of 2003.

5. The War of Two Religions Through the violent attacks of a Radical Islam, two religions have been brought into conflict. The first is that of Islam, a faith that at its core requires absolute submission from its adherents, and looks towards the subjugation of the world as its ultimate apotheosis. As the youngest of the monotheistic religions, Islam is at a point in its development that Christianity passed through centuries ago. And it is not with Christianity that Islam is currently at war. Islam is saving that for the mopping up phase of its current campaign. The religion that Islam has engaged is a much younger one, the religion of Freedom.

As a religion Freedom has been gaining converts since the success of the American Revolution enabled it to go forth and be preached to the world. Freedom is easily the most popular of the new religions and historically converts nearly 100% of all populations in which it is allowed to take firm root. This is the religion which we have lately brought to Iraq.

The genius of the religion of Freedom is that it allows all other religions, from the venerable to the trivial, to exist without fear of censure or destruction. Indeed, the only thing that the religion of Freedom firmly forbids is the destruction of Freedom itself. "Thou shalt not destroy Freedom" is Freedom's single commandment. And Freedom has been shown to resist efforts to destroy it in the most ferocious way. It’s enemies would do well to ponder the fate of previous attempts to do so.

On September 11, the agents of Radical Islam began their attempt to destroy Freedom by attacking it at its core. The reaction of Freedom to this assault has been, once you consider the destructive power of the weapons systems it possesses, measured, deliberate and cautious. This is because Freedom, although sorely wounded, does not yet feel that its very existence is threatened. A more serious attack at any time in the future will put paid to that specious notion.

Following a second attack at a level equal to or exceeding September 11, any political opposition to pursuing our enemies with all means at our disposal will be swept off the table. The First Terrorist War will begin in earnest and it will not be a series of small wars with long lead times and a careful consultation of allies. The war will become, virtually overnight, a global war of violent preemption and merciless attack towards the spiritual and geographic centers of our enemy. Arguments revolving around the true meaning of ‘imminent’ will be seen as they are -- so much factional prattle. Due to the nature of the enemy, the First Terrorist War will be fought here and there and everywhere. It does not matter when or where the second serious strike on the American homeland takes place, it only matters that on the day after this country will be at war far beyond the current level of conflict.

Posted by Vanderleun at April 8, 2010 3:07 PM
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"It is impossible to speak in such a way that you cannot be misunderstood." -- Karl Popper N.B.: Comments are moderated and may not appear immediately. Comments that exceed the obscenity or stupidity limits will be either edited or expunged.

OK V, here's where I admit racism.

If the 'Muslims', by which I mean a small group of middle eastern savages, succeed in winning this religious war that means they wind up converting a small group of European savages, the Germans and Gaels, in which groups I include the Dutch, the Brits, the Scandis, the Franks, many of the Italians and much of North America and Australia. With any luck the Greeks and Japanese will be converted too.

The 'Muslims' will regret any such conversions very much. There will be the mother of all reverse takeovers of Islam.

The genetics of those currently non-Muslim tribes, reinvigorated by a new religion, will make the present Muslims rue the day.

Nature, not nurture, or you could teach calculus to a horse. You did note that the Lawrence quote refers to Arabs, not Muslims.

Posted by: Fred Z at April 8, 2010 5:21 PM

Should we be waiting for the announcement that "We've always been at war with Israel"?

Posted by: Cris at April 8, 2010 7:01 PM

Obama has set us up for an attack.

Posted by: Fred at April 8, 2010 8:35 PM

I firmly believe if one would simply read The Ishmaelite Exile, by Rabbi Yechiel Weitzman, they will have a much better understanding of the Jews, of Israel and the Muslim world. People had best come to realize there will not be, and cannot be an agreement of peace with Islam. The very foundations of Islam is violence and war, and always has been. There will be no peace until Islam is totally destroyed. Those not to believe this, are residing in a fantasy world. Those Nations like China, North Korea and Russia, are fomenting their very own destruction by providing Islamic nations tools of war. Hitler's hell on earth began at Nuremberg, multi-millions of people died. It was not by chance along that the Muslim Barak Obama also spoke to the world at Nuremberg and not simply to the German people. The war and deaths he brings well far exceed that Hitler brought upon all the world. Obama is the Trojan Horse that the United States has accept in total foolishness as a gift.

Posted by: Richard Gavreil S'Chevalier at April 8, 2010 9:15 PM

"They were a people of starts, for whom the abstract was the strongest motive, the process of infinite courage and variety, and the end nothing."

starts = action devoid of rational thinking or reason
abstract = fantasy
process = proving themselves right(preferably in gangs) through violence against the unsuspecting and innocent
end nothing = speaks for itself

But most important for Mr. Lawrenceofarabia, they gave better head than the camels.

Posted by: Mike_W at April 8, 2010 10:59 PM

"Following a second attack at a level equal to or exceeding September 11, any political opposition to pursuing our enemies with all means at our disposal will be swept off the table. "

Our enemies now probably see a pattern to our behavior - The Pearl-Harbor/9-11 type attack instantly galvanizes our resolve to total destruction of the perpetrator.

The next major attack/probe by those who would usurp our dominant world position will probably be overwhelming so that a reaction by us may not be easily done.

With the continuing erosion of our economic industrial strength I would think the first volley in a serious attack would be an EMP pulse over Missouri from a proxy countries weather satellite.

With the defeatist and 'peace-loving' liberals being a critical percentage of our population, this may be their chance to go French and sue for a peaceful transition to a new world order.

Perhaps the ... 'World Government' that they have been striving for with such ardor for so long?

Posted by: cond0010 at April 8, 2010 11:06 PM

"The war will become, virtually overnight, a global war of violent preemption and merciless attack towards the spiritual and geographic centers of our enemy."

Not with this lot in the saddle, it won't.

Posted by: Ken at April 9, 2010 7:57 AM

Ken - Precisely. And how long do you think they would stay in the saddle?

Personally, I think that the desirable short-term outcome would be for the first three terrorist nuclear targets to be DC, Wall Street and the City of London. We won't be that lucky, and they aren't that stupid.

Posted by: Fletcher Christian at April 9, 2010 8:51 AM

Whenever I hear someone say "Pockee-ston," I reach for my revolver.

Posted by: Voton at April 9, 2010 10:09 AM

@Fletcher Christian: Due perhaps to the angle of my forehead, I have no idea. ;-) \

If they are still in the saddle at all -- if, as, and when (and Heaven forbid, while we're at it) -- I can say with some confidence that things will go worse than they would have gone otherwise...no matter how rapidly (and by what means) they are unhorsed in the aftermath.

Posted by: Ken at April 9, 2010 10:58 AM

Given the fact that people actually read his writing and have been known to pay for the pleasure, I would be willing to wager that Mr. V is sitting considerably closer to a frontline than one Arthurstoned is.

Posted by: monkeyfan at April 9, 2010 2:17 PM

Ah yes Mr. Stone...Hats off to your valiant struggle against the alarming rise of incipient fascism that is so evident in the right wing instinct for self-preservation. How dare he live in a [marginally] safer hood?

On the broader front; don't they know that the man-caused-disaster doers of no known provenance are just joking? That their threats have simply amounted to culturally appropriate rhetoric? That their deeds have been, and are, justified?

So advance Young Arthur! Advance from the barricades art galleries, bookstores, and sports bars of Pioneer Square. Take back what has been usurped by those elitist hill dwellers! I can almost smell the cordite -or coffee grounds- of your direct action against those Rohingya destroyers, those capitalist ghosts, who from the heights of yonder hills look down their noses on you young pioneers. You band of comrades.

I hear Fat Tuesday nights can quite resemble Christmas in the banileus of Paris...And let's not forget the infamous and deadly summer flower baskets...From Jahanam.

Posted by: monkeyfan at April 9, 2010 5:20 PM

Ah. Pioneer Square. I remember well its early history in the anals of Seattle. It was always rather downmarket since the fact was that when the rains came, as they always do, all the sewage from the hills would run off down into Pioneer Square. Some is stuck there until this day.

Posted by: vanderleun at April 9, 2010 9:18 PM

It has been pointed out to Arthur before that in the coming war what a man pays in rent will not affect his distance from the disaster any more than it did on 9/11.

Posted by: james wilson at April 9, 2010 10:38 PM

Well, as someone once noted, "You can lead a whore to wisdom but you can't make him think."

Posted by: vanderleun at April 9, 2010 10:58 PM

"the anals of Seattle."


Posted by: monkeyfan at April 10, 2010 11:16 PM

Aslam O Alikom(peace be on to all of you. May ALLAH guide all of you. Ameen.

Posted by: at April 11, 2010 5:49 PM