Monday, May 16, 2005
It is exactly this that gives me hope for my generation.
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Lileks kicks so much ass.
In the good old days, one could count on the progressive elements to side with a pluralistic, tolerant, secular democracy against a theocratic regime made up of glowering, Jew-hating misogynists. But that was before the permanent adolescents of the '60s hijacked the left with their fragrant blend of anti-Americanism and loathing of the very culture that guarantees their freedoms. To them, Iran is a problem only inasmuch as it provides the Zionist Oil-Cabal Neocons with an "enemy." And if the mullahs respond to a successful revolution by nuking Israel on the way out? Well, how many Jews does the world really need, anyway? Europe's been asking that question for centuries. An answer might be nice.It's so utterly depressing for my generation to know that those permanent 60's adolescents are our own parents. South Park nailed it.
When suicide bombers start going after something the European left truly cares about, the "activists" might wake up, but it's hard to tell what they think is worthy of defending.
The churches are empty vestiges of an abandoned past; the art museums are bourgeois temples for the dead hand of the artistic patriarchy. The European left prizes naught but thin, windy bromides about justice and tolerance, ideas the enemies of the West (how quaint a phrase!) use to enable their own agenda. One day the hash houses will be closed down because they offend religious sensibilities; then the naughty districts will be shuttered.
As the saying goes: They came for the pot-smoking hookers, and I said nothing, because I was not a pot-smoking hooker. (Recently.) In this way, in the name of multiculturalism, Europe will lose the culture that made such an idea possible.
Or not. That's a lot to draw from six protesters, granted. But there's a related mind-set that's equally peculiar, and it's held by members of our own Congress. Writing in the new Huffington Post group blog, Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., said:
"Today, I will join Hans Blix at the United Nations for a discussion on the need to balance disarmament and nonproliferation. The real `nuclear option' that threatens our national security is not the one being debated in the Senate -- this nuclear option will end in a devastating plume of smoke over our cities. ... 134 congressmen (Democrats and Republicans) share my concern about the direction of our nuclear policy. Today these members signed letters ... calling for the immediate cancellation of the Bush administration's proposed nuclear bunker warhead. We are concerned at the adverse impact of the nuclear bunker buster on America's credibility to lead on nuclear nonproliferation with North Korea and around the world."
In other words: To dissuade countries from developing weapons in places we can reach only with bunker-busting nukes, we should give up bunker-busting nukes. Noted. And if the United States had dismantled the gas chambers in the federal penitentiaries, Hitler wouldn't have gassed the Jews. Why, he would been drenched with shame-sweat just thinking about it.
Apparently it is better for North Korea and Iran to sell nukes to America's enemies than for us to use nukes to destroy these weapons before they're built. We nuke their bomb factories, they nuke our cities -- in the end they're both the same, no?
No. They're not. And even if they were, what would you rather lose -- credibility or New York?"
Stan's parents decide to get a divorce. Stan confronts his mother, who has a new boyfriend, Roy. "Stanley, you know you're the most important thing to me, right?" Stan replies: "then get back together with dad for me." "Now, Stanley, you have to understand how divorce works. When I say you're the most important thing to me, what I mean is: You're the most important thing after me and my happiness and my new romances." My generation has lived that. Having lived that, there are no sacred cows for us. Hence the difference in appreciation for South Park.
I'd love to have a magic wand that could erase all nukes and all the knowledge to build them, but then we'd end up fighting all our wars like WWII and Iwo Jima. I'd love to have a magic wand and erase all guns and the knowledge to build them, but then we'd end up using swords and spears. I'd love to have a magic wand that could erase all fear and hate from the world, but that's a dream not a policy. That final recognition is so lacking on the one side.
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