9/11? No. Big. Deal.
David Bell says we've overreacted to 9/11. No, seriously. Those are his words. Why have we overreacted? He blames the Enlightenment.So, I guess David Hume and Descartes are really to blame, and not Osama bin Laden and Mohammed Atta? He's right, though, when he says that the Islamists may be just as bad as Hitler, but they lack the capacity to inflict the damage of a Hitler. But that is not to say they lack the potential for that harm. And isn't that an argument for the alleged "overreaction to 9/11"? That states such as the Taliban, which openly supported the Salafi jihad, and states such as Iraq, which covertly supported it, might be even more dangerous than Hitler--who never perfected atomic weapons--was? As John Donovan says, "granting that Islamofascists don't necessarily have the capacity, to constitute an existential threat to the United States, neither did Adolf Hitler when he sent his Army in to re-occupy the Rhineland." QED, I believe. It also seems to suggest that we've underreacted to 9/11 on another front. That Iran, which is both hostile to the U.S. and openly supports jihad (albeit of the Khomeinist variety), is also on the fasttrack toward developing nuclear weapons. And if nuclear weapons in the hands of the Iranian Mullahs isn't every bit as dangerous as the Luftwaffe, I don't know what is. HT: Dave Schuler who's point about Soviet casualties is well taken.
The Islamic Republic of Iran is not merely hostile, it has in fact on several occasions perpetrated ACTS OF WAR against the United States. Indeed, they openly say that they see themselves as being at war with the U.S.
Posted by: Garduneh Mehr at January 29, 2007 04:51 PM
Posted by: Howie at January 29, 2007 04:53 PM
Exactly. And if the mullahs develop the capacity to inflict the damage of Hitler then I take it Bell's fully in favor of us doing everything to the mullahs that we did to Hitler. But my guess is he isn't.
Posted by: Jesusland Carlos at January 29, 2007 05:36 PM
I have given some thought(actually, it wasn't worth much) to what David Bell said. He reminds me in no small part of the fools in Byzanthium and Persia who probably gave little mind to a group of riders who came out of the Arabian peninsula in 625 A.D.We all know how that turned out for Persia and Byzanthium. Millions dead and enslaved, looting, rapine and slaughter not previously seen in history. The jihad had arrived, and it still flows and ebbs, and the collective memory of the World subsides along with the jihad, only to have tobe learned again in a dirth of blood and death.As for the danger, there has been no time in human history where the actual destruction of the World hangs in the balance, perhaps on nothing more than the whimof madmen. Hitler never had the bomb. He would, of course, have used it, but the point is moot. The danger is greater now than it ever has been, and yet the fools fiddle. So it has been before, and others have stepped into the breach. So we shall again.
Posted by: templar knight at January 29, 2007 05:43 PM
Think about this. On 9/11/1, my wife had to go to all of her law school classes. The teachers forced her to sit through lectures, and even called on students like normal (if you were absent, you had your grade docked). What kind of fucked up professors decide they are going to hold a normal Civil Procedure class on that day? California lawyers, that's who.
Posted by: wooga at January 29, 2007 06:27 PM
Yup: I'm an Age of Reason kind of guy. Bach over Brahms any day.
Posted by: Hucbald at January 29, 2007 09:55 PM
Posted by: templar knight at January 29, 2007 11:52 PM
Having said that, I am very convinced that we are in a two front war that is of existential proprotions, and we are sleepwalking through it.
We need to cause hope and joy in our friends, and abject, paralyzing fear in our enemies. Then we induce our enemies to become our friends, because of the advantages. That's my idea of a good foriegn policy.
Anyway, I'm sorry I've been in 'lurker mode' but it's a busy time back here.
USA, all the way!
Posted by: Michael Weaver at January 30, 2007 12:25 AM
Posted by: greyrooster at January 30, 2007 06:48 PM
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