Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Appeasement Continues

We continue our fifty years of appeasement of Arab and Islamic enemies. Diana West points out that few in Washington are outraged at our government's selling state-of-the-art weapons to the leading sponsor of Sunni terrorism, Saudi Arabia (Update: Glick). It goes from bad to worse. Both parties are politically and intellectually bankrupt. There's room here for new and bold leadership. But who?

Update1: National Review finds excuses to support the Kremlin (or should I say Mecca?) of Sunni fundamentalism. The appeasement continues.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I concur with Jason that: America is continuing “our fifty years of appeasement of Arab and Islamic enemies”; “Both parties are politically and intellectually bankrupt”; we need “new and bold leadership.” Here, we can point to endless destructive policies, as well as their correctives. People, such as Jason and Diana West, provide many significant improvements to our policies. This needn’t be thought a great accomplishment, since how much does it take to provide a better approach than suicide.

Yet even if we had bold leaders, how could they obtain or maintain power, with a public opposed to their principles? A leader would: have our government protect our rights, not engage in social-engineering; not initiate force, but employ it strictly for defense; trounce our enemies, not accommodate them. However, our public is committed to altruism and universalism, and not by suasion, but by the force of government. If they read but the first two paragraphs of our Declaration of Independence, they would fully oppose it, and much prefer the 10 planks of the Communist Manifesto. It is not merely a set of destructive beliefs that govern our public, but an addiction to the religion of social-democracy. Here, if the vogue belief is in relating to the world by coercion and deception, why not let the true experts in this area succeed, for in such a contest it is the totalitarians who are best.

It appears that if we are to compete with our enemies, we must first do so in the war of ideas. Here I hold with Ayn Rand that you cannot defeat an adversary by employing his premises.

So I doubt whether an American leader could succeed, until we have challenged the premises of our enemies, and supplied our own.


8/9/07, 6:54 PM  
Blogger Jason Pappas said...

Yes, it's true, the task is daunting but at some point the danger will be great enough that people can’t avoid facing the facts. It took 30 years – from the Bolshevik putsch in 1917 to Churchill’s Iron Curtain speech after WWII – before we faced the nature of communism; but at that point half of Europe and half of Asia were lost.

It took the joint invasion of Poland and the bombing of London before Americans realized that Hitler was a world threat. But like Churchill, we need leadership that will be vocal even if sadly ignored as the population remains confused or worse, willfully blind.

We need the right leadership – out-of-power but vocal – to be ready to lead when the time comes. Principles (as you point out), not details, are needed at this point. America isn’t ready for details if they don’t see the problem or understand the principles required to triumph.

8/11/07, 9:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jason, you are absolutely right!


8/11/07, 1:55 PM  
Blogger Ducky's here said...

So 20 billion to the Saudis. Bunch of arms to the Egyptians and bump up Likud's welfare checks.

Just another round of idiot's delight.

8/14/07, 12:28 PM  
Blogger unaha-closp said...

Saddam Hussein’s regime was long one of the most important counterbalances to Iran, and now it has been replaced by a weak central government with ties to Iran. We need another counterweight and have to look to the Gulf.

Or America could arm the Iraqi army with decent weaponary, instead of 50 year old Soviet crap.

America is trying to build a state. To survive a state must defend itself, this is utterly fundamental. America is trying to build an Iraq that cannot defend itself [because it might defend itself against the Saudis]. The Iraqi state is failing to launch and America is shocked, utterly shocked.

9/2/07, 11:33 PM  

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