February 7, 2008
Beldar the Fortunate
Again, I point you to a post by another; and this time, I won't even permit myself to chime in, having nothing to say that Beldar didn't already.
The post is titled "Are we at war? And what is the political consequence of that for conservatives in this election?", and I'll bet you imagine you know the witty answers to those two questions... but I suspect you're only half correct.
Read; it won't disappoint. (Hat tip to Patterico's.)
Hatched by Dafydd on this day, February 7, 2008, at the time of 3:55 AM
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The following hissed in response by: MTF
What great stuff we get around here! Thanks for that link.
As I said in the comments below to a different post of yours, I expect Romney will use his CPAC speech to endorse McCain and unite the party. America needs the GOP to win this election, and we will win.
The following hissed in response by: MikeR
Dafydd, thanks for the post. I keep coming back to this issue. It's interesting to me how different this existential battle is from the two that preceded it (WWII, Soviet Union) There, we probably had them outnumbered, but technologically we were (more-or-less) well-matched. This time it's different. There are a billion Muslims against the US and change. Of course, all or most of that billion are not actively involved in global hiraba, and many of them may not be in favor of it either. So it's hard to count them, but there are a whole lot of enemies for sure.
On the other hand, they are no technological match for the Good Guys at all. Even if some of them get advanced degrees, the whole culture they are espousing doesn't really like modernity or modern science. All they have is oil. I don't think that this is going to change, either; they can't change their hatred for modernity without basically giving up their cause.
So I guess my first response to Beldar would be, unless Islamofascists get nuclear weapons, we are not at war. They managed to kill 3000 of us through fiendish cleverness, but they cannot possibly pose an existential threat.
On the other hand, if they get WMD, all bets are off. I doubt our society could continue in its present form if even one nuclear weapon destroyed one of our city centers. A lot of the liberty and lifestyle we take for granted would disappear in an instant.
So I would think that our main effort in foreign policy should be to stop that from happening, and Iran's nuclear program should be at the very top of our main issues. Sadly, we stayed focused on Iraq (for what I think were laudable reasons) long after the WMD ceased to be a major concern there, and now we have neither the money nor the political will to do anything about Iran.
What do you think?
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