Sunday, December 18, 2005

Tenet Of

With all the things that have happened over the past few years, 9/11, Beslan, 3/11, the London bombings, the Bali bombings, seemingly countless suicide attacks in Israel, the Paris Riots, the Birmingham Riots, the Danish Riots, the bombings in the Phillipines, Israeli airliners shot at with surface-to-air missiles, etc., etc., etc., it is very tempting to hate Muslims.

The past few days have been particularly rough on those of us who love and support the Jews and the Jewish state, what with Ahmadinejad calling for Israel to be wiped off the map, and calling the Holocaust a myth. Considering that the man is about to aquire nuclear weapons, we must conclude he plans to destroy Israel. And considering the fact that he is receiving no real opposition in the Arab world (only people criticizing his comments for being ill-advised) then, once again, it would seem we have reason to descend into the dark land of hatred.

The other day, commenter Sissyblue said, "I have to remember that these people really are victims of a vicious ideology, and not hate the people."

I'm glad she said that, because if do allow ourselves to simply fall into hatred of Muslims, then we are forgetting the ideals for which we are fighting this war, and for which we have fought wars since the inception of this country, namely, to end the enslavement of human beings.

A few days back I had some particularly scathing comments for Robert Spencer. I have learned that, for some reason, I have an almost infinite capacity to read of Islamofascistic atrocities, and somehow not let it effect my mood. But, give me one American compromising the ideals, or dignity of America, or of Western Civilization, and my blood boils.

I know Robert Spencer is a reasonable man. I love Robert Spencer. I think he is brilliant, and I agree with most of what he says. But, Robert Spencer does not seem to believe our war will be a success, because he doesn't believe Democracy can be established in a Muslim country.

This is in direct contradiction to the stated intention of his website, which is to inform the public of the doings of the Jihad, so that we can confront Muslims, get everything out in the open and encourage them to effect needed changes within their religious theology.

I do think that his lack of faith in our fellow human beings betrays his lack of agreement with the fundamental tenet of Western Civilization, which is that we are created in the Image of God, and, as such, we are created to be free and creative beings. Freedom is our right as humans, and we long for it in our hearts.

That is Western Civilization. That is what we are fighting for. That is what we have to place our faith in.

That tenet trumps all ideology, whether it be Islam, Nazi, American slavery, or good ole King George.

You know, that tenet was why Ronald Reagan knew we would beat Communism. Ronald Reagan knew that the desire for freedom beats in the breast of all men, so he knew that given the knowledge of freedom, and the choice to create it, the people of the Soviet Union would choose Democracy over Communism.

We must stick to our ideals here.

YARGB had a great post today, it was entitled Bush's Plan, and here is the body of the post. You guys all know this one, but, check it out, as it pertains to our current plight, and as it has pertained to the thread of the American project:

" We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. --That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. "

Sounds like a good plan. It certainly beats the hell out of hating people, and doubting ourselves and the rest of humanity.