Friday, July 14, 2006

"How's That Democracy Project Going?"
Andy McCarthy Asks A Good Question,
But It's Not The Right Question

From Ancy McCarthy at National Review's The Corner:

We've been told for some time now — against common sense and the weight of our own national experience — that the way to defeat international jihadism is to spread democracy.

So now the Lebanese democracy can't control Hezbollah (which has been freely elected and controls about a fifth of its legislature), while the Palestinian Authority IS Hamas (the Palestinian people having democratically put them in power).

How much do we figure that Israel is hoping democracy breaks out in Egypt, with the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamic Jihad waiting in the wings? All it needs right about now is yet another democratic neighbor.

Democracy has many enduring benefits, but it doesn't stop terrorists from operating — and in many ways, it makes life easier for them. When are we going to stop talking about it as a national security cure-all?

We have to kill al Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas and the rest. This is harder work than the administration's rhetoric is preparing the nation for. We are not going to democratize these savages into submission.

True, true, Andy. And I am happy you are saying it.

But, the right question to ask is not, "how is that democracy project going?" Instead, the right question is, why did our democracy project work in Japan?"

Japan was also dominated by fundamentalist religious fanatics willing to blow themselves up out of dedication to their god. Japan was also an honor/shame culture, willing to fight to the very end. Japan was also bent on destroying everything about Western Civilization, in order to establish a kingdom based upon its barbarism. Japan was also willing to terrorize entire populations, killing, raping, lopping off women's private parts, just for the terrorizing effect of it.

So, how did we change them?

We banned, outlawed all their barbaric ways. We said, "If anyone is caught preaching or teaching any of this crap, you are going to jail, and that's that."

And, then we enforced it.

The problem is, we implemented a democracy without enforcing human rights. In Japan, we enforced human rights by outlawing anything that went counter to human rights. In a country like Iraq, or Lebanon, that would mean outlawing all barbaric vestiges of Sharia. It would mean banning the burqa. It would mean making it illegal to preach Jihad against the Infidels and Jews.

Have we done that?


Then, we reap what we sow.