The need for clear perspective has never been greater. [She says, speaking in cliché.]
Never before have truth and facts been so important. [Oh, okay, now you’re descending into a load of hyperbolic meaningless twaddle, not supported by one scrap of historic evidence.]
Jacob [he who shall never, ever, be forgiven], drew our attention to this ignorant and perverse post over at Road to Surfdom. Displaying unnaturally screwed up emotional, intellectual and moral foundations; all I could do was gasp at the scale and depth of wretchedness that went into engendering such grotesque ideas, so genuinely held amidst the waft of hubris that we imagine swirls around the writer.
In essence, this twat suggests that terrorist suicide bombers carry out their acts in order to “help others”. [You know, like when you put the garbage can out for your elderly neighbor? Or volunteer to help some disabled kiddies with learning life skills? Being a suicide bomber is just like that.].
He also seems to revel in believing that we (ie, the big bad West) are envious of the high ideals that lead to suicidal terrorist acts, because we (ie, the big bad West) have no ideals for which we would lay down our lives.
Think about that last bit. Think about it long and hard.
Think about the millions of non-terrorists who have died throughout history, and will die – some of them today – for “our” ideals.
Not prepared to die for our ideals???!!!
If a war was bought to our shores, that is, quite literally to the shores of Australia, we can be 100% sure that not only the armed forces, but civilians too, would risk and give their lives in a myriad of unimagined ways, for no reasons other than our ideals and for the good of others – pure altruism. We have never had to defend our own country (other than a couple of little Japanese subs) yet, our men and women have fought and died on other lands, and continue to do so. Western military personnel, including our own, are scattered all of the world, in many instances, fighting for or protecting nothing more or less than ideals.
Once you’ve gagged on that little lot, be cleansed by the soothing clarity of Martin Amis’ words:
“People of liberal sympathies, stupefied by relativism, have become the apologists for a creedal wave that is racist, misogynist, homophobic, imperialist and genocidal. To put it another way, they are up the arse of those that want them dead.”
The Martin Amis reference, via Tim Blair whose attention was drawn to it by Art Vandelay, who got it via The Austalian, and now I’m quoting all of them. [See this “Quote Generator” thing is a doddle! In triplet!]
Only last week Cubicle highlighted an interesting piece – it’s about history, okay, but it’s short, so you won’t fall asleep, I promise.
See, it’s not about Western wealth, and it’s not even about gullible, well-educated, affluent suicide bombers. This shit has been going on for a very long time. This prodigious hatred and desire to see “us” killed is a continuum. These machinations sure as sugar aren’t about our lifestyle – there were no iPods, Wiis, or bikinis back in
During last week we had the brouhaha over local lad, Sydney born and raised, Sheik Mohamed, urging Islamic youth to have a love of martyrdom, and criticizing them for not sacrificing a drop of blood. He didn’t say anything, in his heavy Aussie accent, about affluence or lifestyle. All he wanted was the inculcation of children (their soft squishy impressionable little hearts), and their blood to be spilled in the name of his ideals, when they reach an appropriate age.
Perhaps these are the ideals of which Road to Surfdom believes we are, or should be, in envy.
Survey results from a study undertaken by the
- 55% of Malay Muslims hate or dislike
- 84% dislike or hate the
- 77% believed the country’s existing sharia laws were not strict enough;
- 57% want hudud ordinances, ie, stoning for adultery;
- 98% said that Muslims should not be allowed to change their religion.
[Envious yet? Go on, feel the envy.]
“In a fascinating piece in this week's Financial Times,
Turkey's foreign minister, Abdullah Gul, often seen as one of the most Islamist-inclined foreign ministers has had, called on the peoples of his region to recognise that their most serious problems were home grown. He wanted them to stop blaming outsiders and get on with the business of reforming their own societies.” Turkey
The Weekend Australian, January 20-21, 2007 – Hate beyond reason – Greg Sheridan
Join the dots people, join the dots. Ignorance has always been a dangerous defence and a dangerous excuse.
But let’s not get too carried away: every era, every generation has its problems and challenges; these are ours.