Monday, August 21, 2006

Prisoners of Our Own Liberalism

Major Mike

"A liberal man is too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel."
Robert Frost

I commented earlier today on the Hugh Hewitt show in regards to Dean Barnett’s assessment that we are staring into the abyss. We are indeed staring into the abyss…the abyss created by our vacuous political reasoning…our blindness to our enemies…and our self-absorption with the idea that we can be isolated with our luxuries. We are poisoned by our perceived ability to isolate ourselves within our neighborhoods, as we unwittingly think we can do the same with our enemies.

We are staring into the abyss…an abyss created by an unbalanced dependence on hope, while we abandon reasoning and evidence. We are staring to the abyss…an abyss created by our false and hollow trust of international institutions that fail us regularly. And we are staring into the abyss… because we no longer connect with our fellow citizens in a way that used to bind us in sacrifice, and connect us as Americans.

We no longer connect in a way that keeps the loss of our fellow citizens…our neighbors…in the forefront of our selfless actions. The loss of 3000 citizens and 2000+ soldiers is now met with scorn, rather than further sacrifice and unselfish contribution. We are hoarding our holdings and our freedoms while others sacrifice to protect them, and while a scant few politicians hold the sane course to ensure that these freedoms are protected from terror out into the future.

We are staring into the abyss because our collective will, and our individual wills, are collapsing in spades. We are coming to value the false and hollow, Carteresque doctrine, of press-friendly-appeasing-delay…in the hopes that we will enjoy “ peace in our time.” What does this delay of the inevitable conflict between good and evil hold for our children? Worse than burdening our children with our Social Security bill, is burdening them with our National Security bill. For, as WJC proved beyond doubt…hollow actions, and delaying tactics, only forestall the inevitable.

We are staring into the abyss because we are playing for time…a prisoner’s strategy. A hostage’s strategy.

We are collectively suffering from an international blindness and malaise towards those who have killed us, a malaise that is evidenced by our passive capitulation to our captor’s beliefs…we are suffering from Terror Induced, Globally Applied Stockholm Syndrome.

The UN, the press, and many liberals are blaming Israel for the 34 days of war in the Middle East. They are comfortable in disregarding the un-neat details of the causes…kidnap, attack, hundreds of suicidal murders, random rocket attacks on civilian areas.

They are quick to forgive these attacks obliquely via articles about “proportionality,” and an unbalanced focus on civilian causalities in Lebanon…a focus that ignored the dozens of press released photos that showed the precision of the Israeli attacks…single bomb attacks on runway intersections, bridgeheads and even urban intersections. International press organizations ignored all indications of possible forensic manipulation by Hezbollah in favor of printing/airing stories about the impact of the war on the Lebanese civilians. They ignored reporting that Hezbollah’s strategy is precisely to hide amongst civilians, so that all attacks on Hezbollah inevitably result in civilian causalities.

The international activity is equally as lame…200 soldiers from France…on the ground, on a continuous basis, including patrolling, rest, and defense…200 men could control a front of about 1000 meters…maybe less…more likely 500 or less. But we all fawn over the international community’s hollow offer as if it is the chalice of salvation…it is simply the next symbol of some poorly negotiated, highly touted, hollow peace. A peace that bears only the harbinger of death to Israel. A peace that will evaporate as quickly as our memories of who won the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize fade.

Name the winner…you can’t.

Such hollow milestones are only mile markers in our attempts to negotiate with those who don’t seek peace…with those who only seek death. We see the evidence in front of us, yet we ignore it and its consequences.

We praise the proven useless compromise, yet we ignore its consequences for one reason alone…we are adopting a hostage’s strategy…a prisoner’s strategy…we hope, collectively, and as individuals, to trade small increments of peace and personal safety for someone else’s life.

We know that this recipe will cost Israeli civilians their lives, yet we do nothing to change the final formula. We know this recipe will allow Hezbollah to rearm and re-strategize, yet we agree to let them. We have somehow decided that 3000 New Yawkers…are not closely enough connected to us, for us to insist on a real victory over terror…that we will accept these modest interludes of peace, in hope that it doesn’t “happen to us.”

That is a prisoner’s mentality. A hostage’s mentality. Substituting self-preservation for sacrifice and righteousness, is the scammer’s way in a POW camp, and it is evidence enough that we are well on our way to losing the war on terrorism. We are slowly capitulating our values as a nation, in favor of our self-preservation. We are well on our way to being a nation, no a world, of hostages.

The empathy and deference given to our murderous enemy by our press and many of our citizens is proof enough that we are a nation Stockholm Syndrome sufferers. We are a nation of hostages, and as such…without resolute resistance, and aggressive action, we will suffer the fate of most hostages…anonymous death, at the hands of a ruthless, sociopathic, anarchists. Unless all elements of our society come to recognize this…particularly those in the press and those in government, we are doomed to a hostage’s death.

And sadly, even if we escape, we only doom our children.

There is an antidote…resolve combined with aggressive action.

To bolster this resolve, it would be helpful to keep in mind the national Code of Conduct set as the standard for our soldiers, sailors, airmen, coasties, and Marines who find themselves held hostage…I go to my Desert Storm memento book…a book I have not opened in years, to transcribe from the copy I carried with me into combat…it still has my hand scribbled access code for calls back to the States…

Article I
I am an American fighting in the forces that guard my country and our way of life. I am prepared to give my life in their defense.
Article II
I will never surrender of my own free will. If in command, I will never surrender the members of my command while they still have the means to resist.
Article III
If I am captured I will continue to resist by all means available. I will make every effort to escape and aid others to escape. I will accept neither parole nor special favors from the enemy.
Article IV
If I become a prisoner of war, I will keep faith with my fellow prisoners. I will give no information or take part in any action which might be harmful to my comrades. If I am senior, I will take command. If not, I will obey the lawful orders of those appointed over me and will back them up in every way.
Article V
When questioned, should I become a prisoner of war, I am required to give name, rank, service number, and date of birth. I will evade answering further questions to the utmost of my ability. I will make no oral or written statements disloyal to my country and its allies or harmful to their cause.
Article VI
I will never forget that I am an American fighting for freedom, responsible for my actions, and dedicated to the principles which made my country free. I will trust in my God and in the United States of America.

It is time for this nation, collectively, to fight the effects of 34 years of terror indoctrination and inculcation, and resist with every fiber of our being. These terrorists are counting on your acquiescence to their will, and they will eventually dominate you, your dreams, your ambitions, and this nation…if we do not resist, at this very moment in time.

Forge a future that holds your dreams…it will require sacrifice. It will require a thoughtful look into the past, and a long look into the dark future, but it is a future that every American has within their being to forge…a future free from fanatical domination and murderous tyranny.

We fought an infinitely milder form of tyranny when we forged a new nation over 200 years ago. Certainly we are up to the task today, in light of the abyss into which we look.

Free your hostage self.


dueler88 said...

Stockholm on a societal scale. What an excellent point. I hadn't really thought of it that way.

Our society has let "live and let live" go a little too far. What used to be respecting differences in others has become indifference to nearly all of the actions of those around us. We cry out for solutions to crime, requesting more police (i.e. more government intervention), yet neglect to remember that our government is "of the people, by the people, for the people."

We have gone so far, in fact, that a criminal (or their family) breaking into and robbing the contents of somebody's house can successfully sue that homeowner for injuries inflicted by the homeowner during said robbery. What this insanity means to me is that I will have to become similarly crazy: not only will I have to KILL an intruder in my home, but I will also have to covertly dispose of the body and destroy all evidence of my self-defense.

Government is not something separate from us. WE make it what it is. We have the society that we deserve. Just as crime is okay when it is committed by a minority, terrorism is also okay when it is committed by a person that we percieve to be oppressed in some way. Such are the wages of modern liberalism.

Sadly, the actions in a return to social balance will be just as insane as how unbalanced our society has become. If things get bad enough . . . instead of criminals being punished in ways commensurate with their violations, they will be met by heavy-handed retalliation by their would-be victims. Same with terrorism: if things get bad enough, terrorists and those who support them will be met by the heavy-handed actions of a people who finally refuse to live in fear every day.

Mr.Atos said...

'We' are staring into the abyss. But, those who are pushing us forward, deliberately have their backs turned, staring away... shoving blindly. At some point, 'we' must step out of the way and let 'them' fall... then do what needs to be done to close the gate behind them. Abyssmal failure is what they sow, so shall they reap. But, just their own. Not mine, not my family.

Mr.Atos said...

And VERY well said, Mike!

dueler88 said...


Many of those falling in to the abyss are grasping for us to come with them. As things grow darker, they will grasp for us again, not because we should join them, but for the same reason that Rudyard Kipling's "Tommy" is implored to '"walk in front, sir," when there's trouble in the wind.'

Will we offer them our hand? Or will we be too busy holding on to our own sons and daughters? Many of them will have fallen too far before we can help them.

Katrina in New Orleans is a good lesson.

Mr.Atos said...

Indeed, Dueler! Indeed!

Boghie said...

I just watched Douglas Murry, a NeoCon chap from England, discussing his book on CSPANs Book-TV. Neoconservatism: Why We Need It.

I would definitely recommend viewing this 1:15 discussion. He tackles all the questions and issues. And is very funny in the British way...

A positive is that Europe is stirring. He implored the US not to go 'wobbly'. I think we will not.

This may sound hard, but here goes. The enemy will not let the wobblies win the day. They will show their colors again and again. They think they are on the upswing. See Germany. See Britan. France and Spain are another story - but one mistake by their Gestapo like 'police' and their citizenry will be in the streets.

My problem is that the Left is not allowing a '2nd Conjecture' solution to take hold. They will force us into a '3rd Conjecture'. That is the most disgusting thing about their idiotic or malicious ranting. They will get Total War when the issue could have been resolved had they simply shut up.

The Three Conjectures'