Skip to comments.Up Against Fanaticism
Posted on 04/20/2004 1:06:22 PM PDT by An Old Man
From: MVB--- Below is an editorial from Sunday's edition of a Florida newspaper, The News Herald, Panama City. Someone who reads this paper thought that the editorial was worth a wider distribution and retyped it to send out over the Internet. Phil Lucas, the paper's Executive Editor, wrote this article for Sunday April 4, 2004. The News Herald web site is found at http://www.newsherald.com/
Up Against Fanaticism Commentary: Up against fanaticism Sunday, April 4, 2004 By Phil Lucas, Executive Editor firstname.lastname@example.org If straight talk of savagery offends you, if you believe in ethnic and gender diversity but not diversity of thought or if you think there is an acceptable gray area between good and evil, then turn to the funny pages, and take the children, too.
This piece is not for you.
We published pictures Thursday of burnt American corpses hanging from an Iraqi bridge behind a mob of grinning Muslims.
Some readers didnt like it.
Mothers said it frightened their children. A woman who works with Muslim physicians thought it might offend or endanger them.
Well, we sure dont want to frighten, offend or endanger anybody, do we? Thats just too much diversity to handle. I mean, somebody might get hurt.
We could fill the newspaper every morning with mobs of fanatical Muslims. They cant get along with their neighbors on much of the planet: France, Chechnya, Bosnia, Indonesia, Spain, Morocco, India, Tunisia, Somalia, etc. etc. etc. Can anybody name three ongoing world conflicts in which Muslims are not involved? Today, where there is war, there are fanatical Muslims. We might quibble about who started what conflicts, but look at the sheer number of them.
One thing is sure. Muslim killers started the one we are in now when they slaughtered more than 3,000 people, including fellow Muslims, in New York City.
Madeleine Albright, the former secretary of state and feckless appeaser who helped get us into this mess, said last week Muslims still resented the Crusades. Well, Madame Albright, if Westerners were not such a forgiving people, we might resent them too.
Lets recap the Crusades. Muslims invaded Europe, and when they reached sufficient numbers, they imposed their intolerant religion upon Westerners by force. Christian monarchs drove them back and took the battle to their homeland. The fight lasted a couple of centuries, and we bottled them up for 1,000 years.
Now, a millennium later, Muslims have expanded forth again. Ask France. Ask England. Ask Manhattan. Two-and-a-half years ago fanatical Muslims laid siege to us. We woke up to the obvious. Our president announced it would be a very long war, then took the battle to the Islamic homeland. Sound familiar?
Lets consider the concept of a long war. Last time it was 200 years, give or take.
Anybody catch Lord of the Rings? You know, the good part, the part that wasnt fiction, the part that drew us to the books and movies because it was the truest part: the titanic struggle between good and evil, between freedom and enslavement, between the individual and the state, between the celebration of life and the worshipping of death.
Thats the fight we are in, and it never ends. It just has peaks and valleys.
There may be a silent majority of peaceful Muslims some live here but that did not save 3,000 people in the World Trade Center, the millions gassed and butchered in the Middle East, the tens of thousands slain in Eastern Europe and Asia, the hundreds blown to bits in the West Bank and Spain, or the four Americans shot, burned and hung like sausage over the Euphrates as a fanatical minority of Muslims did the joyful dance of death.
Maybe we are so tolerant, we are so bent on diversity, we are so nonjudgmental, we are so wrapped up in our six-packs and ballgames that our brains have drained to our bulbous behinds. Maybe were so addled on Ritalin we wouldnt know which end of a gun to hold. Maybe we need a new drug advertised on TV every three minutes, one that would help us grow a backbone.
It doesnt take a Darwin to figure out that in this world the smartest, the fastest, the strongest, and the most committed always win. No exceptions.
Look at your spouse and children. Look at yourself in the mirror. Then look at the pictures from the paper last Thursday. You better look at them. Those are the people out to kill you.
Who do you think will win? You? Or them? Think you can take your ball and go home and they will leave you alone? Read a little history. Start with last week, last month, last year, and every other year back for half a century. Then go back a thousand years. Nobody hides from this fight.
Like it or not, thats the way it was and thats the way it is.
But many Americans dont get it.
Thats why I made the case to my boss and fellow editors to publish those pictures.
If they jarred you off the sofa, if they offended you, if they scared your children and sent you into a rage at mass murderers or heartless editors, then I say, its a start.
Poison will contradict that statement. - Tom
Yep, Panama City is my hometown and I'am stationed at Eglin. The Florida Panhandle is conservative friendly
I agree, makes you jolt a bit, but strangely some of those sentiments are what my mind has been saying yet my mouth is too terrified of breaking the PC barrier. I live in Oregon, need I say more?
We could fill the newspaper every morning with mobs of fanatical Muslims.
Wouldn't want to scare the citizens by exposing them to the truth, would we.
Indeed it is. This should be required reading in all of our public schools.
Europe is basically filled with Socialist liberals, and into abortion. Because baby killing is so common there, the Muslims are out breading them in great numbers. Europe's time is limited.
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