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October 05, 2001

They Hate These Cans!

In the immediate aftermath of the September 11th attack on the United States many of the groups and individuals who find it intellectually fashionable to hate America wisely chose to remain silent for fear of an outraged backlash to their rhetoric. Alas, the silence was merely a tactical decision rather than evidence of a deeper re-examination of their strategic beliefs. We are now hearing from the salons and cafes of the Left, and their message is the same tired arguments wrapped in shiny new declarations of alleged patriotism.

The notion currently popular is that America has brought this attack upon itself through imperialist foreign policy initiatives over the last several decades, exacerbated by its dogged attempts to spread virulent capitalism throughout the world. Even conceding for the briefest of moments the characterization of America required to make these assertions, the "logic" of America's culpability in these attacks is akin to the argument that women are somehow at fault for rape. I, however, am not willing to concede much of anything to the Far Left on this point, nor much else right now.

Despite overwhelming evidence that yes, the militant Islamists wish to destroy western civilization, the Left instead chooses to provide an account of these actions that would have all the comedic entertainment of The Jerk were it not for the fact that real people have died, and more will die in the months ahead.
For those of you who haven't seen The Jerk (the movie, not your brother-in-law), Steve Martin plays a rather dim bulb who continually misinterprets the world around him. In one memorable scene, he is working at a gas station when a crazed loon who picked his name out of the phonebook decides to kill him. The first shots miss and hit several pint cans of oil next to Martin. Martin initially believes the cans to be defective, but when his boss points out the sniper Martin jumps to the logical conclusion that the would-be assassin hates cans. Everywhere he runs trying to hide from the sniper, there are cans... and while he escapes unscathed, it never actually dawns on him that the loon was shooting at him.

The first thing we often hear as an excuse for terrorist attacks against the United States is our support of Israel. The poor downtrodden Palestinians have been subjected to the uncompromising and hateful occupation of their homeland by war-mongering Israelis for over five decades, and America props up and supports this invader at every turn. Or not. You see, the Palestinians have never once demonstrated any peaceful intent to co-exist with Israel... not in 1947 when a Palestinian homeland was first offered (the Palestinians opted for exterminating Israel... bad choice), not in 1978 when autonomy was offered (and rejected by the PLO) as a part of the Camp David peace process that ended the state of war that existed between Israel and Egypt, and certainly not in 2000 when Arafat didn't even bother to respond to an offer from Israel that would have given the Palestinians their own state, including a shared Jerusalem as capitol. Oh, and let us not forget the two regional wars (neither started by Israel) involving Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, and support from the other Arab nations that were launched to exterminate the state of Israel. In both of those wars, Israel not only was able to defend itself effectively, but also knocked back the invaders to the point that they lost territory to the country they were trying to invade. in a show of magnanimity no other in that region would demonstrate, Israel returned the vast majority of that ground in an attempt to live peacefully in the region.
Despite the fact that Israel has been under continual attack from suicide bombers and terrorists for the last year, it has shown restraint borderng on the absurd. You can rest assured that if Canada started sending suicide bombers into America every other day and lobbing mortars continually across the border, they would be rolled into the arctic or the sea in two days. Israel should have kicked Arafat and his Palestinian Authority (and the PLO prior to that) into the sea 30 years ago.

As for the laughable accusation that America is an imperialist nation... perhaps the Left should head down to their local coffee bar and book club, order a latte and peruse a dictionary. I'm unclear as to where exactly our vast empire is on the map, and I must've slept through the wars of aggression we've engaged in over the last oh, say, 150 years to gain territory and conquer recalcitrant unbelievers in Pax Americana. In fact, at last count we have engaged in four military engagements over the last decade that had no other purpose than to protect Muslims. Did we annex Kuwait while I was reading my latest issue of The Economist in the toilet? Were we exchanging land for food in Somali? Did we at least get the pleasure of conquering the people of Bosnia? How about Kosovo... can't we at least do some raping and pillaging there to burnish our imperialistic credentials?

How about the charge that we created Osama bin Laden? Well, that would be almost plausible if not for the fact that we weren't the ones invading Afghanistan in 1979... that was the Soviet Union. If we're going to be saddled with the likes of bin Laden, do we get to hang Stalin around the necks of those Leftists who sang the praises of world socialism and communism? Nevermind, I'll do it anyway.

My God, they hate these cans! Well, ok so they don't. What they do hate is the rise of western civilization over the last five hundred years or so. Militant Islamists would like to buy us all one-way tickets on the non-stop silver bullet express headed right back into the middle-ages. They're not interested in sitting by the campfire, holding hands, and singing kumbaya while fingering their peace symbols... they're interested in destroying everything and everyone they disagree with in a petulant attempt to erase history. As with all despotic ideologies, they want to remake humanity into some lesser shadow of itself so that it will fit their notions of what people should be in order to achieve their utopian society. And like every other despot, they are perfectly willing to murder millions, if not billions, in order to make reality fit their beliefs.... willing, in fact, to destroy everything except the flaws in their own beliefs. We are gazing upon a new generation of mass murderers, who more resemble the insanity of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge than the vile racism of Nazi Germany. They hate everyone, including shiny happy Leftists in their encounter groups, because their ideology, dressed in the piety of religion, has no accomodation for modern humanity.

Posted by fallous at October 5, 2001 10:50 AM


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