A tale of three headlines:
Lots of people have posted “stand with France” type photos online or changed their Facebook profile picture to include the French flag. When will we recognize that this accomplishes NOTHING except to give people an emotional outlet that vents the steam that should instead be fueling change? It’s easy to conduct a few keystrokes to morally preen with the masses. Joining those masses to demand — DEMAND! — our governments change their suicidal policies… well, that requires effort. Can Americans and Europeans summon the will to bring their governments to heel?
The Pope today referred to a “piecemeal World War III.” It’s true — our feckless leaders have allowed an ideology that refuses to coexist with any other to grow until it threatens all of us. Can anyone doubt at this point that if ISIS or one of its fellow traveler groups came into possession of weapons of mass destruction that they would be used to kill thousands of civilians? Instead of posting pictures online of Paris today, perhaps our time would be better spent imagining Paris today as a radioactive crater… then stopping to consider what needs to be done to prevent that future outcome.
There is an adage growing in prominence online: diversity + proximity = war. Those acolytes of diversity whose impulses after an attack like yesterday are to shout “Islam is a religion of peace; not all Muslims are terrorists” would do well to realize that immigration plus terrorism is a threat to the ‘peaceful’ muslims, too. Just ask the refugees in France whose camp caught fire last night. A former coworker with whom I often disagree politically had this to say:
One gets tired of trying to fight against the impulse to prejudice and war. Everyone draws lines between friends and enemies. Everyone. Some say it’s the essential act of living together, which is the essential act of life. At the very least, it’s deep seated in human (as well as other animal) nature. For how long–how long–in the face of brutality and horror and loss, can people be expected to suspend judgment, make ourselves vulnerable, ignore emotionally compelling generalizations, and pay attention only to the individual, whom we know barely, if at all, without categorizing or assuming in the least? One gets tired.
And then you see that refugees who’ve fled to France to escape ISIS and the madness in Syria are being burned in their tents in Calais. The Socialist president Hollande promises to be pitiless. And terrorist attacks and astounding courage in Beirut or Kobani go completely unremarked, as if they couldn’t matter less. And you remember the pitilessness and brutality of French colonialism in Lebanon, and Syria, and so many other places, much less than a century ago. And you remember this: that people drawing bright lines between friends and enemies always, always, always do it badly, and do it even worse when they’re afraid…
Keep fighting against that ugly, mean, and cowardly prejudice, as well as brutality and horror.
He — and the Pope — have an important point here. This clash of civilizations has been allowed to go on for close to three decades (it well precedes 9/11, though most TV-absorbed Americans could hardly be expected to realize that). The longer such a slow-motion struggle goes on, the more it hardens the hearts on both sides. For the sake not only of the West, but for the ability of non-jihad-inclined Muslims to live in peace, we MUST find a way to end this. The best chance of doing so would seem to be in separating two fundamentally incompatible worldviews.
What might that look like? Well, for starters:
- SEAL THE BORDERS! (I’ve been saying this for some time, and not just in the context of preventing terrorism)
- Immediate ban on further immigration from the region of jihad: essentially an arc from sub-Saharan Africa through Iraq and Iran to Afghanistan, Pakistan and Indonesia, including — especially — Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Yemen, Syria, and Lebanon. That includes ANY kind of visa, including temporary work or student visas. For those who instantly want to cry out this is somehow unfair, I say this: pose your objections to the dead in Paris last night. Life doesn’t always resolve into fair and unfair — sometimes it’s necessary to take a mildly distasteful act to prevent acts of carnage. (Note: see update at bottom of post)
- Immediate arrest and trial for treason for any figure who has in the past or in the future solicits financial or material support for ISIS, al Qada, Hezbollah, Hamas or the general concept of jihad. Conviction — in an open courtroom subject to public scrutiny and oversight — should result in death. It’s time to stop playing around — these people are invoking wanton death and destruction and it’s time that effort redounds to them instead.
- A ban on any kind of ‘charitable contributions’ or financial support from the nations listed above coming into Europe or the United States. All too often this is a network of financial support for the spreading of Wahhabism and the funding of terror networks — usually (particularly in the case of Saudi Arabia) with the complicity of the ruling families of the Middle East. It is no less than active subversion, and should be recognized and banned as such.
- A concerted effort, on the scale of the Manhattan Project if necessary, to develop fusion energy and other alternatives to fossil fuels, the proceeds from the sale of which end up in the hands of the House of Saud and other royal families who are far too inclined to use the profits to sow seeds of terrorism. I’m not a climate change alarmist, but if you TRULY want to change the world, starving these groups of cash would be a good start.
- Deglamorization of Islam in Western academia. Yes, there have been fine works of art and literature produced in the Muslim world. But a fair comparison of the fruits of that world compared with the advance of individual human liberty and dignity under Western Civilization should be standard fare in any education. “By their fruits you will know them.”
In short, despite the emotional outpouring after 9/11, the growth of an unConstitutional surveillance state and the enormous expense of bumbling around in Afghanistan and Iraq, we have as a society been manifestly unserious about combating a deadly ideology that has infested our lands and continues to grow in potency. That is why despite massive military operations overseas we have had a steady stream of violence at home: the Boston Marathon, shootings at Ft Hood and military recruiting offices, attempted violence in Texas, and the Charlie Hebdo shootings in France (not even a year ago!), just to name a few.
What good does it do to spend more on “defense” than the next 13 nations combined, when we open all the gates and allow our enemies to walk among us? It’s time to stop worrying about being called “intolerant” for opposing real intolerance. Our enemies have said openly that there’s only room for one system of belief. It’s time we took that at face value and acted accordingly. There is plenty of space in the Middle East for those who want to jihad amongst themselves. We don’t have to import their nihilism into the West. If we continue to do so, the day will come where intolerance results towards all Muslims, “peaceful” or not.
None of us should want that, any more than we want dozens to die in a major European capital. So do we separate and live in peace, or do we allow our “elites” to continue their ridiculous experiment with forced diversity? Will the next election mark a turning point in Americans demanding action of their government, or will we once again post our sympathetic pictures then hit the snooze button, waiting until a nuclear-fueled act of terror results in a backlash that will forever change the West AND the Muslim world?
Tick, tick, tick…
UPDATE: a friend privately messaged me that while he agrees with the overall post, an outright ban on immigration from the countries listed would be problematic because many persecuted Christians need to leave there in order to live. He’s correct. But as if to compound the imbecility of our immigration policy, about the only group that DOES have trouble getting access to the U.S. or the West is the Persecuted Church. I absolutely agree we need to make accommodation for them, but I suspect our ‘leaders’ see that as possibly strengthening the very Church in the West to which they are actively hostile.
We literally live in a hell of a time…