Monday, December 04, 2006

How Hard
Do You Have
To Deny Reality
To Say,
"Let's Negotiate"?

Newt Gingrich says we must re-establish our cherished American beliefs:

In a seemingly wide-ranging speech that, in reality, reflected a single central theme — the protection of American society and culture — former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich warned that the United States is facing a “world-wide alliance” of “evil men” intent upon its destruction.

In a 30-minute talk at the Politics and Eggs forum at the Bedford Village Inn Tuesday morning, Gingrich said we are living in a time much like the 1930s, in which there is “an emerging world-wide threat” from people “who routinely talk to each other about how to defeat the United States.”

But it isn’t, Gingrich told the packed house, all doom and gloom because the challenge is one the nation can overcome. “If we focus on it, if we are serious about it, we have overwhelming capabilities to win this campaign,” he said.

“Over the next 20 or 25 years … we have to destroy the capacity of evil people to shatter civilization with weapons of mass destruction.”

Referencing a story about the arrest of a British couple that intended to smuggle a bomb aboard an aircraft disguised as baby formula, he warned against assuming we can create a dialogue with nations like Syria and Iran.

“Now if I come to you and say that across the planet there are young men between 15 and 25 who are willing to die as long as they can kill you, I’m just describing warrior cultures that have existed for thousands of years,” he said.

“But if I tell you that there is a couple that hates you so much that they are prepared to kill their 6-month-old baby as long as they can kill you, that is a level of ferocity we have not come to grips with. “We have to come to grips with the fact that we have real enemies.”

Still, he said, there are those who think we can talk our way out of danger. He quoted Iran’s president as saying “we must defeat the Anglo-Saxons and eliminate Israel from the face of the earth.”

Repeating it, he said, “Go to any citizen of this state and ask them what they think that sentence means. Now, how hard do you have to deny reality to say, ‘Well, let’s negotiate … we must have a misunderstanding here.’ We don’t have a misunderstanding, we have enemies.”

Despite criticism of, and hatred for, America around the world, “the number of people who want to come to the U.S. to pursue happiness, to create a better future, to earn more money, is breathtaking.”

But he also warned that the nation is not only beset from the outside, that if America allows its culture to be radically changed by immigration, or by court decisions favoring secularism over the nation’s religious roots, that battle against evil will be much more difficult.

“We want to reassert that English is the governing language of this country,” he said. “It is very important for us to reassert that we are a single country. People should come here from everywhere, but they come here to become American, they don’t come here to change America into a system radically different from the one that has been successful.”