February 28, 2011

Dead Zero: "The way of Islam is the only way, the predestined way..."


An excerpt from Stephen Hunter's new novel,Dead Zero: A Bob Lee Swagger Novel


I am no Lee Harvey Oswald, surly and bitter and luxuriating in his own self-imposed bitterness. I am no John Wilkes Booth, full of grandiloquence, theatrical self-dramatization, narcissism, and insanity. I am no Leon Czolgosz, an idiot.
I’m just a man who sees the future, understands what it must be, and humbly aspires to facilitate it as mercifully and swiftly as possible. I did what I did because the West is no longer worth defending. It has been destroyed by the people it was built to protect: its women.

The West lasted from AD 732, when Charles Martel defeated the Muslims at Tours, until 1960, where it fell without a battle. In 1960, the birth control pill became widely available. Many think of it as heaven, sexual nirvana, the route to self-expression, wish fulfillment, and liberation for millions of women. I think of it as Auschwitz in a bottle. It was and is genocide, as, using it, the women of my generation happily traded off 1,200 years of unparalleled growth, wealth, security, stability, scientific and ethical progress for a second BMW in the garage. The West ceased producing at a sustainable rate, while Islam continued to populate the world. You may look elsewhere for the demographics. This fact cannot be avoided: we Westerners currently may be analogized to upper-class Brits on the deck of the Titanic, April 12, 1912. My, my, why is the great ship tilting a bit? Why, dear, it’s probably some minor malfunction that the handsome young men will soon fix. Meanwhile, may I have another aperitif, steward?

But not only did the pill doom the West from without by limiting population, it destroyed the culture from within by destroying the gyroscope of civilization-that is, the balance between the sexes. The sexes had existed for that glorious 1,200-year span in a kind of brilliant equipoise: men provided and protected, women nourished and nurtured. It was a sublimely efficient system, if harsh. The result was generation after generation of bold, intelligent, hardy risk takers, driven by their fathers’ sense of duty but made compassionate by their mothers’ mercy. They were afraid of nothing, committed to a larger thing than themselves, all united in their confident sense of destiny. The men did what they had to do, the women did what they had to do. Together, they built a thing called civilization. In all realms, from the scientific to the industrial to the aesthetic to the military to the intellectual and the medical, Western thought and culture prevailed. It was extraordinary and it seems even now absurd that we threw it away in a single generation.

After 1960, the dominos fell quickly. Once the size of a family could be controlled, it shrank; women returned to the workplace. Soon-believe me, I am not arguing that they are “dumb” or in any way “inferior”-they were making equal or even more than the males, so male authority was challenged and, metaphorically, that leveraged and ultimately destroyed the whole concept of authority. Simultaneously, with small family size, more was invested in each of 2.4 children, so that the death of one meant a shattering emotional wastage. Soldiers could no longer die in the thousands, much less the hundreds. Without defenders, we are doomed.

Thus the only question that remains for a serious man: with the West gone, what system of governance best serves the most people of the world?

If the West can no longer be defended, the East can no longer be denied. The answer to the question, “What is next?” has to be Islamic theocracy. It alone has the harshness of temperament to control the feminism that doomed the West. At its purest, Islam is simply masculinity emboldened, masculinity without moderation, hesitancy, compassion, and introspection. That force alone can save us.

You say: Islam is submission, it is barbaric in its jihad against infidels. True enough.

But once Islam has achieved hegemony and exists without challenge, all that will change. That is what truly lies ahead: Islamic hegemony over the earth, based on masculinity-self-discipline, faith, obedience, and duty. That is the system of governance that will best serve the most people and make the most people the happiest. The intellectuals and ironists will never be satisfied; wisely, Islam will execute them. They do harm far disproportionate to their numbers in any society and must be eliminated without mercy. That is the system that will finally yield the dream of paradise of economic and spiritual equality where the state has withered away and each gives from his ability and receives to his need.

The way of Islam is the only way, the predestined way, and I engineered my event to convince the West of the futility of resistance, its need to immediately abandon its adventuring in Muslim territories and to begin to study for the arrival of the Universal Caliphate.

Allah Akbar, God is great.

HT: Collier.



Posted by Vanderleun at February 28, 2011 11:00 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.

Jiminy Christmas, that's a grim thought. I actually agree with him about the 60s, but I hope to God the solution isn't as awful as that.

Posted by: Julie at March 1, 2011 7:29 AM

Geez, who buys this crap?

Posted by: H Britten at March 1, 2011 7:34 AM

Who is like unto the Beast? Who can make war on him?


Posted by: jwm at March 1, 2011 7:36 AM

Glad you finally found the link.

Posted by: Jewel at March 1, 2011 8:43 AM

As I have said elsewhere, all you have to do is leave off the Muslim stuff and this is the perfect description of the last 50 years of my life.

It's no coincidence that Hunter is only a year younger than I am.

Posted by: Rob De Witt at March 1, 2011 8:45 AM

I say bring it on, I certainly wouldn't join the Dhimitude without a fight.

Posted by: theotherUncleWayne at March 1, 2011 9:47 AM

I wrote someting lately that dovetails with this, about the influence of contraception on popular music.


Posted by: Christian at March 1, 2011 10:42 AM

Who reads? Millions.

Posted by: vanderleun at March 1, 2011 12:03 PM

I guess that explains why America has been falling behind the rest of the world in science, math and reading. We're too busy spending our hard-earned money on this tripe.

Posted by: Lou_Sarah at March 1, 2011 12:54 PM

Yeah, I know what you mean, Lou-Sarah.... Didn't Lady Gaga wear a dress made out of tripe to the Grammy's?

(Wow, I can smell some fear in those dismissive comments of the Lefties.)

Posted by: Gray at March 1, 2011 1:29 PM

"Who reads this crap", is people who understand that they're reading the novelized thoughts of an antagonist, featured in a book which serves to illustrate the battle we're engaged in, whether we're aware of it or not.

That the book will also prominently feature the thoughts and actions of a counteracting protagonist, seems to have slipped by a few here?

I've read me some Stephen Hunter in times past. He writes the bad guys every bit as well as he does the good'ns.

And he makes damn sure what we the reader know what it is the good guy is fighting against, and for.

Insofar as the "tripe" in question goes, well, just look for many similar screeds already written by the various apologists for islam's excesses. Northern Eurpoean references abound in that vein, if one needs a hint as to their research.

Sunk New Dawn
Galveston, TX

p.s. Gerard, pics of the fate of the New Dawn, at my olde blog.

Posted by: Jim at March 1, 2011 8:35 PM

Folks, remember: Hunter is stating a position through the voice of a character. Whether or not it's a position Hunter actually takes is another matter.

Hunter makes a good point about how the Pill did skew things a bit after about 1960. But consider this: the women who did (and do) take the Pill to avoid having too many (or any) children are thereby not reproducing themselves, at least not to any great extent. This leaves the field open to women who do want to have children, who in turn grow up with values that are more children-friendly, leading them to have more children themselves, and so on. Think of it as evolution in action-- the selfishness of the Pill-taking women is suppressed because it doesn't propagate very well through the generations.

My two cents' worth.

Hale Adams
Pikesville, People's Democratic Republic of Maryland

Posted by: Hale Adams at March 1, 2011 8:51 PM

(posted this in the wrong thread. It should have been here)

Meh. It's some thriller novel, that's consumed like popcorn and rapidly forgot about, much like all those mystery or romance novels.

Is it really going to influence anybody? I suspect not.

And it wasn't the pill in 1960 that wrecked "The West". It was the war that started in 1914. And that war ain't over yet. It's still playing out in Libya and the Congo and Afghanistan and bunch of other places.

And Islam only has until one of those addle-brained terrorists sets an Iranian or Paki supplied nuke off somewhere. A Chechen in Russia. A Uighur in China, a Paki in India. A Pali in Israel. Any number of disaffected persons in Europe or the USA.

Watch a few of those oil fields get slagged, or their monies get taken away, and "Islam" will fade into the quaint obscurity that it was headed for before the oil got discovered.

Posted by: Eric Blair at March 3, 2011 8:43 AM