"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Big Sentence from a Big Brain

VDH has the crucial insight that the American MSM apparently cannot grasp:

Radical Islam hates the West not because of troops in Saudi Arabia, or Danish cartoons or Mr. Rushdie, or even, as Dr. Zawahiri and bin Laden once wrote, global warming and an absence of campaign-finance reform—or, this week, a low-rent, do-it-yourself crackpot video—but out of a deep sense of its own inferiority in a globalized world, whose causes run throughout traditional Middle Eastern society (e.g., tribalism, gender apartheid, statism, anti-intellectualism, a lack of freedom and transparency, religious intolerance, anti-Semitism, fundamentalism, and on and on).

Radical Islam will not forgive the West if we apologize for particular excesses of individuals exercising free speech.   They want to convert us to Islam and sharia law.    They want to take away our freedoms.  

We are in a thousand year plus battle against the forces of Unreason.   The sooner we stop apologizing and realize that it's a battle we have to win for civilization as we know it to continue, the more likely it will be that we can win it, and not descend into a new Dark Age.

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