So John McCain (D, AZ) has once again added his unrequested two cents to the War on Terrorism. Now you probably thought he couldn’t have done more after campaigning for Obama in 2008 or taking pictures with members of Al-Qaeda just a few years ago. But he just came out and said that speaking against radical Islam will turn radical Muslims against us. Yeah, because a culture that has been attacking US interests for so long that they are actually the first overseas conflict we had to be engaged in, is only now hating us because we don’t like them.
John. Just shut up and go away. You’re not helping. You are never helping. Even on those rare occasions when you’re right, your very presence hurts the cause. Go away.
But don’t worry, liberals are picking up the slack on this. Leftist economists are saying that it’s inequality that is causing Muslims to turn to violence. The fact that most of the people who are radicalized in the West are well educated, middle and upper middle class men. Or the fact that head of ISIS has a Ph.D. and the Bid Laden family is filthy rich has no bearing on the fact that liberals like to blame everything on inequality. Inequality. For the left it causes everything. Slow economy? Inequality is to blame. Terrorism? Inequality is to blame. Massive Debt? Inequality is to blame. Bad acne is probably caused by inequality. There is pretty much nothing the left doesn’t blame inequality for…except maybe global warming….
Which, by the way, our dear idiot-in-chief thinks that global warming (not seen since the turn of the century) is to blame for terrorism. Despite the fact that even if global warming was even partly responsible for drought in the Middle East, it’s not like they weren’t rolling in money, had access to ports, and Israel as an example of how to efficiently desalinate sea water for agriculture. No, the refusal to actually deal with your problems in an intelligent fashion has nothing to do with culture and everything to do with the boogey man of global warming.
So do they hate us because we hate them? Because of inequality? Because of global warming? Do liberals even try to have any logical consistency in any of this?
Nope. They just want some kind of excuse where it is the fault of the West and no blame be put on the culture of death itself.
So what does cause them to hate us? Because let’s be honest here, it’s certainly not any of the liberal BS…they hated us before we questioned the long-term practicality of taking in Syrian refugees, they hated us before we invade Iraq, they were gathering support against Classical Liberalism before Israel was ever formed, hell the Barbary pirates were attacking the West before America even existed. If you think US actions in any way, shape, or form are the cause of radicalizing Muslim extremists, I would suggest you join the cult of the Anti-Semites that follow Ron and Rand Paul (they too would like to put blame on America for 9/11 and all other acts of terror).
So what is the cause?
Well, I propose it comes down to three things, none of which on their own might be too difficult a problem to tolerate—but together they spell disaster.
The first is a culture of death and violence.
Judaism was founded on a single guy making a deal with God. Christianity on an act of sacrifice. Buddhism on a guy sitting under a tree. Hinduism’s roots are so far back it’s hard to nail then down but it’s a religion based on meditation so…meanwhile when you have a religion that started with “hey, let’s rob from and then kill people we don’t like, and oh, those Jews that didn’t want to back us in our acts of theft and murder, they can all die too.” Amazing that when you’re a child raping, genocidal lunatic writeing down the voices in his head he mistakes for God you get a religion not exactly grounded in love and compassion. Every religion has it’s dark points, every religion has it’s prophets that were crazier than others….but when your religion has only one prophet and he a bloodthirsty nut job obsessed with conquest, there aren’t exactly any countering voices in scriptures to offer any balance.
And lo-and-behold this leads to a culture a little more open to violence as a method of conflict resolution…and not just as an option of last resort, but more of an opening gambit.
You can whine all you want about the myth that it’s a religion of peace, but the fact is that, Islam praises violence over and over again in the Koran, unlike every other religion on Earth it does not grant intrinsic value and divinity to the human soul, and also unlike every other religion it actively denies reason. And being that static encourages them to never evolve or improve themselves as people or as a culture. And worse the ethics implicit in this culture are ones that lead to not just tyranny but a fascist form of tyranny.
Does this mean that most people in the Muslim world are violent? Nope. Like most people in the rest of the world earning enough to put food on the table for the family is a far more important factor than religion. But ideas have consequences. And the ideas of Islam, especially modern Asharaite Sunni Islam, have serious consequences.
The second reason is that teenagers are stupid.
You’ll notice that most of these people are young or get started in these ideas when they’re young. Probably because, biologically, your brain is not developed until you’re about 26 and you’re fairly brain damaged until that development stops. Just spend some time with teenagers—In any culture they’re morons, most of the time lovable little bastards, but morons nonetheless. Some are ahead of the curve, most are not horrifically stupid, but as a group not the exactly the group known for long-term thinking. From the Hitler Youth to stupid teenagers in the ’60’s adopting various forms of violence in the U.S., to the Occupy scum, to idiot young people going to join ISIS, teenagers are morons, and statistically some of them will do incredibly violent things because they’re stupid. Ideally your culture allows outlets for these morons to be morons that are at least less destructive (like college or joining some hippie commune)…but as we’ve seen you can be raised in a culture that doesn’t glorify violence and young people will still be stupid enough to seek it out. Granted it’s not only young people attracted to this kind of stupidity (see Jonestown) but youth had the predominance of morons out there.
And because they’re stupid they do hate us for our liberties. Because if there is one thing that kind of stupid is looking for it’s a simple, plain, easy explanation of the universe, the world and life. Liberty offers none of that. Liberty comes with chaos…and worst of all personal responsibility. The idiocy of youth hates those things, they like black and white stability and the will lash out against anything that jeopardizes it (doesn’t matter if their lashing out leads to more chaos than liberty could ever produce, that understanding is exactly the kind of long term thinking they’re not capable of.)
Okay so let’s be honest there is pretty much nothing we can do about these first two points. History isn’t going to change, and biological facts are also pretty stable.
So let’s look to the third reason.
As I suggested before you want your culture to have alternative voices. And ever since the pro-reason Mu’tazalite Muslims were slaughtered about 800 years ago there haven’t been many pro-reason Muslim groups…individual yes, movements not so much. So we need to stop that. We need to stop looking for “moderates” and start looking for people who actually want to reform this religion and bring it out of the sixth century, that position is fairly radical and would never be considered moderate.
Honestly when we were in a conflict with those radical Germans back in the 1940’s did we reach out to the moderates at the time, those self proclaimed “Good Germans” who had an amazing ability to not know what was going on right in front of their faces…no I’m pretty sure we first reached out to German underground and looked for intel and ways to put high explosives and Der Fuhrer in the same room.
But there are real reformists…a few at least…
…and we should support these people and make sure they have the means to get their message out to the entire Muslim world. We need to dig out those old Arabic translations of Plato and Aristotle (and update them with Farsi, Pashto and every other major language of the era) and see a rebirth of Mu’tazalite ideas that once created the golden age of Islamic civilization).
And we need to do this because while we, should and must kill the ones who have already embraced the evil of terrorism, you’re not going to stem the problem until you start attacking the ideas.