September 1, 2004

Civilization Vs. Global Psychopathology

The American Left, the Democratic Party, and John Kerry's "message" is that everyone should just back off on this "War on Terror" business and look to their wallets and their health care plans. This group of unhinged allies seems to feel the important things at this time are entitlements and more taxes. Check that-- their only real idea is that George Bush must go. Beyond that, they have no real feelings or plans or proposals whatsoever.

But all their hate and all their rabid insanity comes to nothing, to less than nothing when, looking about the world, you see that the psychopaths of the Islamic religion are capable of this:

School seized in Russia.

Details... ~50 children managed to escape at the time of seizure. 11 students and 4 adults hid in the boiler room (from where they were safely led out by the police). Later on, 2 girls managed to escape. They report that the terrorists are acting very aggresively and are scaring the children. One of the terrorists is wounded. The hostages are being kept in the school's gymnasium. The number of hostages mentioned here is 500 . Terrorists have mined the area around the school.
There are about 25 terrorists, 4 of them are women with bomb belts, and they also have 2 dogs. now being re enforced with troops. No more specifics are given.

21 year old Kazik brought his sister to school. He tells the journalist what he witnessed.

Around 9 am, an old truck pulled up and about 20 heavily armed terrorists dressed in black and wear black masks and 4 women with bomb belts came out.
Children started to run. Those who were standing closest to the street were able to make it out. Terorrists starting pushing others, and throwing some children through windows (!!!).

And elderly woman was shot, and a girl who looked like an 11th grader was shot in the back. She died on the spot.

An elderly woman -- shot. An 11th grade girl -- shot in the back.

I've long realized that a small page on the web is not a tool for convincing anyone of anything they don't already believe, but it just stops me cold when -- knowing what these people are capable of, and having been shown it time and time again -- there are still people who are my fellow citizens that actually believe anything other than killing will work with this pathology. Instead, the tens of thousands of Left/Democrat demonstrators are using their time to dance, jump, and posture around Manhattan today. I've heard this lauded as an admirable exercise in freedom and perhaps it is. It's also just sick.

We once would have said that an attack on a school and the threatened killing of hundreds of school children couldn't happen here. Nobody says that anymore. And if it did?

Would that finally wake us up? Would it? And if not that, what, exactly will it take? You don't root out this kind of psychopathology with talk therapy, you quarantine and then cauterize it.

And it will come to that. Yes, it will.

Posted by Vanderleun at September 1, 2004 10:19 AM
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Here is where I trot out my standard comment anent "those people" who haven't figured out what terrorism is all about. It gets shorter every time I post it. Today, it comes down to this:

Many of the people tripping the life fantastic through Manhattan pursuing their favorite hate causes are going to become the enemies of the rest of us. By that, I mean that sooner or later in the WarOnTerrorism the rest of us are going to discover that "doing nothing" to fight it constitutes "doing something to support it." When that day comes we will have civil war in this country. We have met the enemy, and she is the person who won't fight the enemy.

Posted by: Michael McCanles at September 1, 2004 11:48 AM

Thought your comment and McCanles were both on the mark. You either fight evil or you surrender to it. The Left doesn't get it, or perhaps it does and is just preparing their version of a Tailiban government.

Posted by: Thomas J. Jackson at September 1, 2004 12:35 PM

I'd rather think of them as "slow" than as "the enemy". I have heard uncounted British people bitch and moan about how we were "late" in arriving at the most recent all-Europe Hostilities, but that didn't make us enemies. It didn't even make the 30s American isolationists enemies. Not even the 30s Nazi sympathizers. It just made them slow to understand.

The problem is self-correcting. As long as we continue to evade getting our act together, attacks will continue and escalate. Eventually, learning experiences powerful enough for even the slowest will be had.

Posted by: jaed at September 1, 2004 9:33 PM

Wait! Barlow's not a Republican anymore? Who knew?

Agree that the problem is Islamic fundamentalists. Don't agree that the solution is necessarily reelecting George Bush. Deficit financing and the Patriot Act scare me. I've been a registered Republican myself for the past 6 years by the way so I'm not just blowing hot air through liberal sensibilities here. (Do you ever wonder what Tom Mandel would make of the current world situation? I do.)

Posted by: patrizia at September 2, 2004 6:15 AM

Three tactics are required:
1. Search and KILL all the terrorists we can (We chose not to take advantage of a great opportunity to rubble a section of Faluja where we had terrorists penned in...that will have to change)
2. Work to change the dynamic that spons these terrorists or, God forbid, destroy the culture that spons the terrorists
3. Shore up our homeland defence by ending the PC nonsence here that prevents us from naming the enemy (radical Islam is obvious, we should also be looking with critical eye at all of Islam), monitoring the enemy and their social places (Wahabi mosques (aren't these virtually all the mosques?) and 'Islamic' charities), prevent any travel from enemy countries (we all know who these are) and prepare to aggressively deport any suspicious character from the enemy countries of origin.

Bush is more or less pursuing 2 out of 3. Good people can and should debate the effectiveness of his tactics, but the basic strategy other than number 3 makes sense. I'm horrified about what it might take for everyone to get to the third category. Why do we always have to wait until the price is sooooo dammed high.

Posted by: phil gilbert at September 2, 2004 9:02 AM