Monday, July 04, 2005

Evil vs. Evil

One of the most comforting things I ever learned came from reading Milton's Paradise Lost. Shortly after God boots the rebellious angels from His Heavenly Kingdom, Satan convenes a council of the, now, demons, to discuss how best to stage a coup, and take the throne from the Lord God.

As they plot their war on the Creator of the Universe, they fall into dissension and can find no agreement whatsoever.

There is a powerful lesson about the battle between Good and Evil here. If Good can rouse itself to fight evil, then Evil will eventually lose, because Evil is self-destructive by nature.

We saw this happen in multiple ways in World War II. Hitler turned on his most powerful ally, the Soviet Union. Hitler murdered his own officers and aids, which created a climate of fear and betrayal, and ultimately caused aids to stop giving him bad news, which in turn meant that he completely lost sight of reality.

We may finally be seeing this dynamic come into play here in the War on Terror. From the Telegraph, via Michelle Malkin:

American troops on the Syrian border are enjoying a battle they have long waited to see - a clash between foreign al-Qa'eda fighters and Iraqi insurgents.

Tribal leaders in Husaybah are attacking followers of Abu Musab Zarqawi, the Jordanian-born terrorist who established the town as an entry point for al-Qa'eda jihadists being smuggled into the country.

The reason, the US military believes, is frustration at the heavy-handed approach of the foreigners, who have kidnapped and assassinated local leaders and imposed a strict Islamic code.

In other words, a battle appears to be erupting between competing visions of evil. It's Tribal Leaders vs. Islamist; those who want the world to remain in the racist state of tribalism vs. those who want to establish a totalitarian theocracy.

It ought to be fun to watch that play itself out.