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March 16, 2005

Talking With Terrorists

Tony Blankely points out a few home truths to those who persist in believing we can somehow talk our way out of our problems with terrorists:

All this sounds reasonable. If it didn't, smart politicians and journalists wouldn't be attracted to it. But Hezbollah exists to oppose Israel's right to exist. Nor do they support secular democratic government for Muslims. Moreover, it is very likely they have established sleeper terrorist cells in the United States.

They may well participate in democratic politics for the purpose of gaining power. They certainly provide food, shelter and education to poor Lebanese.

So also, Al Capone set up soup kitchens during the Depression. And the Nazis provided social services to poor and starving Germans in the 1920s and early '30s. But they both kept killing until, respectively, the FBI and the Allies put them both out of business.

Hezbollah is certainly a ruthless band of cutthroats, but there is no evidence that they are insincere in their beliefs, or that they are open to changing their minds and joining the Women's League of Voters. If, at their heart, they oppose our objectives, then either they have to be defeated or we do. Any political party — be it Sinn Fein, Hezbollah, Hamas or the Nazis — that has its own private army is inherently not a democratic institution. Nor is it likely to evolve into one if it holds undemocratic ideas.

I'm reminded of the old story about the snake.

Posted by Cassandra at March 16, 2005 09:23 AM

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"...if Hezbollah continues to make its case with rallies rather than car bombs in Beirut — then those movements might be detached from their violent cells and, over time, the more extreme elements of their agendas."

I love that quote.

And maybe if the Politburo had disassociated itself from all those pesky commies within its ranks, the Cold War would have thawed during the Summer of Love...

Posted by: cw4billt at March 16, 2005 12:28 PM

In crime, they say "always follow the money" to learn why people did certain things or acted a certain way.

In political positions, follow the personal gratification/fulfillment to determine why people act the way they do.

For example, Liberals love to support symbolism in politics, but despise substance. This is because liberals are, at heart, lazy, selfish people. To truly "change the world" for the better is a monumental, daunting task. It is much easier to pass meaningless Spotted Owl legislation. You can then sit around with your liberal friends and congratulate and praise yourselves for being "environmentally conscious".

Has anything been accomplished substantively? No, but this empty, symbolic gesture has made you feel good about yourself. That is why they are called "feelgood" measures.

It doesn't matter whether the Spotted Owls are, IN TRUTH, helped, but only that YOU acted admirably. Remember, for liberals, its all about YOURSELF. Therefore, it is irrelevant whether a govt law or program works or not. Welfare, for example, has been a horrible failure in the "War on Poverty", but liberals don't care about that. They just want to feel good about themselves for "helping the poor".

With regard to Terrorism, the liberal state of denial is consistent with liberal political philosophy; truth is always secondary to a convenient political fiction. These fictions are legion: don't want to believe the american people reject liberalism? Then claim that the election was "stolen"!

If liberals accepted that terrorism was real, then they would be forced to ACT to defend themselves. They therefore create a political fantasyland where terrorism is not truly real, so they can continue to ignore it.

This should not be surprising since it was the same approach liberals had toward the Soviet Union in the Cold war; pretend they are not a threat, so that you can ignore them and not have to make the hard decisions in standing up to them.

This is also why the liberals continually criticize Bush for any anti-terror actions he takes, but propose no alternative proposals of their own. They have none. Their optimal approach is to ignore it and hope it goes away. Then they can go back to telling each other what better persons they are because they "saved" the Spotted Owls.

Defeating enemies is hard, and might actually require self-sacrifice. Passing symbolic legislation is SOOOO much easier.

And there you have it, liberal political motivations explained!

Posted by: a former european at March 16, 2005 04:31 PM

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