What Now for the Long, Long War Against Islamists (via Deo Vindice)

Our Navy Seals killed Osama bin Laden. They demonstrated our commitment to finish the job. James Atticus Bowden used that event as a pretext to thoughtfully ask and answer a question. What’s next?

What Now for the Long, Long War Against Islamists Killing OBL is a great symbolic victory.  It is heady stuff.  What of the Long, Long War After Osama?  It will be much like the Long, Long War before Osama Bin Laden died.  We return to the ‘war questions’ Americans always ask – during a war of ever changing dimensions, consequences and demands for commitment. Who are we fighting? W … Read More

via Deo Vindice

During his analysis, Bowden references the Indian Wars. When we think of the Indian Wars, we tend to romanticize the Indians, and we think of the battles that occurred in the West. We know little about the battles that occurred in the East well before the formation of the United States; we forget the peril the settlers face, the savagery, and the clash of cultures so very different.

During the centuries of conflict, did the settlers abuse the Indians? Yes, but the Indians also abused the settlers. Both groups thought of the other as “them”. Both had families and a way of life they sought to defend. Both did not know how to compromise with the “other”.

There is only one human race, but each of us is unique. Therefore, when some of us join together to form a civilization, we form a unique civilization. Thus, the Founders formed the United States of America, a nation unique from all others. As their heirs, they left us to answer a question. What of what they created is worth preserving? If we value what they left us, then we must consider our options and do what we should and must do to preserve the gift they left us..

4 thoughts on “What Now for the Long, Long War Against Islamists (via Deo Vindice)

  1. HELLo TURD TOM*

    IF YOU THINK BY THE DEATH OF YOUR ENEMY
    YOU HAVE WIN THE WAR

    YOUR OPINION IS LIKE DUMB IDIOT GOT VERY DRUNK

    DON’T YOU KNOW YOUR DEATH ENEMY IS NOW STILL ALIVE
    & HE IS WAITING FOR YOUR DEATH TOO ON EARTH TO ENTER YOUR LAST RESORT OF LIFE FOREVER JUST LIKE HIM

    THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY TO PROOF IT: GO KILL YOURSELF IS A QUICK WAY TO MEET HIM

    TRY IT TURD TOM

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  2. Wow, Tom. Got a “strung-out” commenter there…lost my train of thought…oh, yes, good post. I traveled over Vindice’s blog and continued reading. What are we doing to preserve this land, our constitution and our freedoms? Not nearly enough, as your previous commenter demonstrates. One look at Europe, one glance at what is happening at some of our own colleges and universities is all it takes to understand that we are not dealing with the simply a “unique” group like the Indians. At least with the Indians, settlers had some common bonds such as caring for family. The Indians may have performed violent acts but they were not necessrily inherently evil. Islamic terrorists are an entirely different breed, one that is evil to the core. They have no regard for human life–not even their own children as they train them up to be “good little suicide bombers.” Dealing with Islam requires battling with our brains, not our hearts. Some may be called to help convert them to Christianity, and that should always be on the list, but I’m afraid very few can be reached. And so they must be dealt with harshly.

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    1. “Strung-out” commenter? I guess that covers it. Either he is trying to be comical, or he is strung out. Most the spam I get makes more sense.

      American Indians had a Stone Age culture and a Stone Age value system. So the settlers found them both frightening and contemptible. Too few tried to put themselves in the shoes of their Indian neighbors. Most probably considered the possibility, but they set aside that option as an unaffordable luxury.

      Consider how the neighbors react these days when someone in the neighborhood buys a Pit Bull Terrier. Because they were “uncivilized”, highly dangerous, and considered what the settlers thought atrocities as a normal part of warfare, native Americans did not have a good reputation. So our government felt justified in treating Indians brutally and merciful when it stuck them on reservations.

      Because they actively insist upon our conquest, Islamic terrorists present a far worse dilemma. These people are civilized, but they uphold a corrupt value system. We can try to put ourselves in their shoes. We can try to seek compromise, but they have already made their agenda clear. They see only one acceptable compromise, submission to their version of Islam.

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  3. Islam contains many civilizations. All of them are so behind the West, they are barbaric. There are millions of lovely, pleasant, civilized Muslims. The more civilized they are, the more Western they are.

    We are in an epochal struggle for survival. We must win. It takes confidence in our Culture, beginning with our Jewish and Christian faiths, to build the Will to win.

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