In doing my research for a terrorism class I look at many different opinions…I like a balanced look at major issues of our day…..and this one comes from an unlikely source (at least for me).
I have been a bleeding heart (derogatory term used by some mental midgets) most of my life…..I always fought for liberal issues in any way that I felt would help….seldom did I appreciate anything a conservative had to say….that is until the big wasteland that the ultra-Right turned the political landscape into…..conservative thought (as it was) ceased to exist and was replace with the tacky thinking of neoliberalism (if you do not know the difference then f*cking look it up).
I have been encouraged lately that the conservatives may yet prove to be a real force in our political system…I have even taken to read sources like The American Conservative…..I admit that there is much that I do not agree with but they actually have thinking people writing for them not the mindless drones that regurgitate crap from Talk Radio.
Take the subject of Terrorism….It is a subject that makes me want to scream and throw a brick at the idiots that pretend to be “experts”…….I have read a couple of good articles on the subject published in TAC…….(no bricks were thrown)
The murderous attack earlier this month in Nice, France, prompted Jay Nordlinger, senior editor at the ostensibly conservative National Review, to propose a new approach to dealing with terrorism. His strategy is simplicity itself: “you have to kill these jihadists, and kill them, and kill them, until they simply tire of being killed and leave civilization alone.”
If by “civilization” Nordlinger is referring to Europe and the United States, then his proposal comes a couple of centuries too late. In their relations with the non-West—the peoples of Africa, Asia, and the Middle East—Western powers have rarely demonstrated a desire to be left alone. They have instead sought to subjugate and exploit populations classified as inferior. In pursuit of their objectives, they have relied not on suasion but on violence and intimidation.
That is the only answer to an ever growing problem in the world…..KILL THEM ALL.
The problem is it is oversimplified response to the horrendous attacks….and then there is the chance that the whole phenom is overestimated……
As the investigation of the massacre in Nice continues, authorities continue to find no evidence that killer Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel had any ties to terrorist networks. So why have so many so quick to invoke ISIS? And more importantly, why do so many continue to conflate “ordered or planned by ISIS” with “ISIS-inspired”?
For all the speculation of real connections—and ISIS’ own attempt to claim “credit”—the evidence has pointed the other way from the start. Compare the awful expertise and professionalism shown by the ISIS killers in Paris the night of November 17 with Bouhlel’s awful wild ride. The Paris attack involved three coordinated attacks, suicide belts, shooting prowess, and slipping past security guards. In Nice, the perpetrator simply rented the biggest truck he could a couple of days beforehand and cased the location. Bouhlel didn’t even wear easily obtainable body armor that might have allowed him to kill far more people before being shot himself. The reports of the truck being packed with weapons including grenades proved false, although he did have one working gun.
What point does it make to thump the chest and demand the impossible?
The American Conservative makes some valid points…..it is an education if one decides to read and understand.