Monday, July 17, 2006

Newt Takes the Lead

Newt is way ahead of the pack.

“In the United States, we refer to this struggle as the "Global War on Terror". Yet, I believe this label fails to capture the nature and scale of the threat faced by civilization. The nature of the threat -- with Iran at the epicenter -- is at its core, ideological. The threat to the United States is an ideological wing of Islam that is irreconcilable to modern civilization as we know it throughout most of the world.”

Newt is right but on a fundamental level the threat is greater than he believes. It’s an attack on a civilization’s core value: reason. Reason, not force, is our primary means of dealing with each other and production, not expropriation, is the means we sustain our values.

He understands that it’s not just how they fight (terrorism) that is a problem but what they fight for: “ … their ultimate aim to destroy the values of freedom, security and religious liberty that sustain civilization in the modern age.” But it is more than that. They want to replace civilization with a mind-locked dogmatic totalitarian religious ideology imposed by Islam on every person in the world.

Even if jihadists reframed from terrorism and used traditional military means, even if they created an electoral system and voted their ideology as the law of the land, Islam would still be as vicious and as dangerous. Newt’s taking a lead but Rebecca Bynum’s got it down cold:

“The real threat is the belief system of Islam which is diametrically opposed to everything the western world holds to be true. The very nature of reality, the very source of rational thought is at stake. … We must understand that in the conflict there can be no middle ground. This is essential. There can be no compromise. To compromise with Islam is to sell future generations into slavery. ...”

Newt, need a speech writer?

6 Comments:

Blogger beakerkin said...

Newt is great but we still need Mr Beamish as our candidate of choice.

Lost in the mix on the war of terror is the failure of Islamonomics. Modern economies can not compette with 50% of its labor force excluded. A healthy economy requires stability and low corruption. Islamic societies have failed and their most productive citizens were the dhimmis most often Jews, Christains and Zoroastrians. The few Pakistanis that are entrepenuerial are most often Mohajairs from India.

Where the capital comes from to create business in a society that bars interest is a mystery.

The problems of the Muslim world will not be mitigated until Islamonomics is on the ash heap of history.

7/18/06, 8:02 AM  
Blogger Weingarten said...

I agree with Jason that "it’s not just how they fight (terrorism) that is a problem but what they fight for: “ … their ultimate aim to destroy the values of freedom, security and religious liberty that sustain civilization in the modern age.” But it is more than that. They want to replace civilization with a mind-locked dogmatic totalitarian religious ideology imposed by Islam on every person in the world."

Yet I would emphasize that their method for achieving that objective is the initiation-of-force. Note that the previous paragraph contains the term 'imposed' which is essential to the Koran. It follows the precept that the way to improve the world is by the sword. I emphasize this because I think it is the key for competing with the ideology of Islam. The West can offer reason and suasion as the way to improve the world, relegating force to defense. Islam has no intellectual answer to this approach.

7/18/06, 8:13 AM  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

Jason,
Newt is right but on a fundamental level the threat is greater than he believes.

Does he believe a greater truth and pulling his punches for pc and/or political reasons?

7/18/06, 8:28 AM  
Blogger Cubed © said...

Seriously, Beak, how about Tom Tancredo or maybe George Allen? And I'd like to propose Ralph Peters for SecDef.

7/18/06, 7:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The striking similarities between Islam and Marxism/Socialism became apparent early on during the Socialist offensive. Ludwig von Mises saw this confluence of totalitarian forces in his book “Socialism” (originally published in 1922); on page 417 he says: “The rapid expansion of Socialism has been compared to that of Christianity. More appropriate, perhaps, would be a comparison with Islam, which inspired the sons of the desert to lay waste ancient civilizations, cloaked their destructive fury with an ethical ideology and stiffened their courage with rigid fatalism.” The footnote to this passage is equally worth reading – and just as disturbing: “Thus Marxism finds it easy to ally with Islamic zealotism. Full of pride the Marxist Otto Bauer cries: ‘In Turkestan and Azerbaijan monuments to Marx stand opposite the mosques, and the Mullah in Persia mingles quotations from Marx with passages from the Koran when he calls the people to the Holy War against European Imperialism.’ See Otto Bauer, “Marx als Mahnung” in Der Kampf, XVI, 1923, p. 83.”

8/5/06, 11:50 PM  
Blogger Jason_Pappas said...

Excllent quote. I should work it into a blog entry before it gets lost in the comments section.

I used some of von Mises' comments before when I noted he described Islam as follow:

"Islam is eclared “dead,” “nothing more than a ritual,” “offer[s] nothing to the kind,” “despiritualized,” full of “legal forms and external rule.” (Ludwig von Mises, Socialism, p 370, Liberty Classics)

8/6/06, 8:10 AM  

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