Saturday, May 21, 2005

Hanson in NRO: The Two Front War

"Our Two-Front Struggle: Pre-modern Plus Post-modern Equals Riots in Afganistan"Victor Davis Hanson on Europe on National Review Online: "Some Western intellectuals, I think, need a bin Laden to illustrate and confirm their nihilistic ideas about their own postmodern society, just as he needs them to explain why his culture's failure is not its own fault. So just as al Qaeda will always find an enabling Westerner to say, 'You lashed out at us in frustration for your unfair treatment,' so too a guilty Westerner will always find a compliant terrorist to boast, 'Yes, we kill you for your sins.' America was once a country that demolished Hitler and Tojo combined in less than four years and broke the nuclear Soviet Union - and now frets and whines that a few thousand deranged fascists want an apology.

Abroad, we battle Islamic fascists who hate us for our success and want to kill us with the tools of the modern world they despise. But at home, we are also at odds with our own privileged guilt-ridden aristocracy, whose very munificence has made them misunderstand why they are hated.
The Islamists insist, 'We kill you for being soft.' Westerners in response feel, 'We are killed because we are not being soft enough.'
And so they riot and kill in Afghanistan over a stupid rumor, and we seek to apologize that it somehow spread.
How truly sad."

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