"How did it come to pass that an opposition's measure of a president's foreign policy was all or nothing, success or "failure"? The answer is that the political absolutism now normal in Washington arrived at the moment--Nov. 7, 2000--that our politics subordinated even a war against terror to seizing the office of the presidency." - Daniel Henninger - WSJ 11/18/05
"the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts." - George Orwell

Monday, September 17, 2007

All You Need is Love?

The 9/11 commemoration speech from Governor of Massachusetts, Deval Patrick according to Mark Steyn included this beauty, that the attack:

“was a mean and nasty and bitter attack on the United States,” and “was also a failure of human beings to understand each other, to learn to love each other.”

Rather than learning to love each other or say an Atta it would be wiser to understand an Atta. If no further than understanding an Atta, it would be best to take an Atta at his words and anyone else that has a deranged view of the world.

Steyn sees this as do many others, as a result of our “multi-cultural” beliefs and attitudes that assumes we are all the same; just from different places. We’re not all the same, nor should we try to make those out to do us harm equal to us. If crowds of people chant “death to America,” we should consider that an indication that they don’t much care for us. When someone that fits a “profile” and is traveling from say, Saudi Arabia, we should stop and consider that perhaps this fella has some plans that we might not really like the result of and treat him as such before he boards the aircraft.

If “multi-culturalism” is the way to go, yet children in say, Palestine are reared to despise Israel and all Jews, watch “Hamas Mickey” like after school specials on TV and rehearse for school plays with the kiddies as masked men, soldiers and the like, we might want to think about the fact that these children, as unfair and evil as their upbringing is, are not too malleable to our way of seeing things.

We should certainly strive to understand other cultures and not dislike someone just because of their culture of origin, but we should view those cultures with skepticism that rely on the fanaticism of hating ours, with dreams of annihilation.

Mark Steyn’s “One Mean and Nasty War: Massachusetts tough talk” at NRO.

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