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TET II -- The End
Vanity with link to original article on Intellectual Conservative | November 12, 2006 | Christopher Barr

Posted on 11/12/2006 7:36:33 AM PST by FlameThrower

If it’s any consolation, this is not the beginning of the end of Western civilization. It is the end of the beginning… of the end of Western civilization.

Three years ago, I wrote a screed called Tet II in which I predicted that American liberals would once again turn victory into defeat – this time in Iraq.

But Bush did not crack, and I found myself actually daring to hope that our Captain MacWhirr would, out of sheer unimaginative stubbornness, tame the coolies in the hold and outlast the typhoon. [Read Conrad’s masterpiece and experience the first six years of the 21st Century in metaphor. “[T]he interest of which for us was, of course, not the bad weather but the extraordinary complication brought into the ship's life at a moment of exceptional stress by the human element below her deck.” Unfortunately, reality has been edited to fit our national character: the ending will be changed.]

Oddly, it was a storm that dashed my hope for Bush. Not a typhoon, but a hurricane. Katrina was a low blow, but it turned the fight. The storm, itself, destroyed one city; the aftermath will destroy all cities and civilization, itself. The delayed result of those breached levies: nuclear terror to midwife the birth of a new Dark Ages.

I am not blaming this election. It is a result more than a cause. But there are irreversible moments in history, moments after which the toothpaste cannot ever be put back into the tube. We are in such a moment. The election irrevocably selected between two futures; the one selected is not the one we would have chosen with our eyes open.

Bush seemed about to confront the coming crisis five years ago. But the war – not the war in Iraq, but the war here over Iraq – undermined his efforts and distracted him from the task. He must take some of the blame for that. Now, we have just elected not to tackle the job and to institute policy gridlock where we need urgent action. Looking back it was probably all inevitable. It is about who we are. About our failings as a people.

Let me assert a couple of simple facts. I will not try to prove them. They are self evident to reasonable people. Unreasonable people are not my audience, and no proof would suffice for them, anyway.

First assertion: In the modern world of porous borders, massively destructive and easily secreted weaponry, huge concentrations of exposed economic value and apocalyptic religious fundamentalism, preemption is the only viable strategy for combating an implacable terrorist enemy bent solely on destruction. The Maginot Line did not work in two dimensions; it certainly will not in four.

Second assertion, to misquote Captain Segura (Ernie Kovacs): “There are two classes of people: those who can be [terrorized] and those who can't…. One never [terrorizes] except by mutual agreement.” If you do not consent to be terrorized, terrorism does not work. If it does not work, it will, eventually, not happen. To allow it to work is to invite it to happen. The successfully terrorized victim serves as accomplice to the terrorist.

The Left invites terrorism. Partly because they are weak in the face of life’s adversities. Partly, here and now, because it suits their tactical political agendas. The Left is only too happy to oblige the terrorist -- to be terrorized in the right cause.

During the Cold War the Left gave aid and comfort to the Communist enemy -- ranging from outright espionage to deferential respect -- because an American victory would have severed their philosophical roots and deposed the patron of their ideological comrades in Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia and Africa. But the war on terror is a war between Radical Islam and Western Liberalism. The Left has no dog in this fight.

When ideologies die, their movements often stumble on from bureaucratic inertia, like zombies. They rehearse old, outdated programming and dedicate themselves to the quest for power. Marxism-Leninism died decades ago in the Soviet Union; the system ground on until 1991. Similarly, the dead husk of the American Left struggles on -- animated by habit spasms and lusting for power.

The Left’s only conscious goal now is to regain political power. To do this they must deprive Bush of his victories -- in Iraq and against terror. This means robbing America of its victories in those struggles. It could mean the death of Western Civilization. That is a price they will gladly pay. They are the coolies rioting over dollars in the hold of MacWhirr’s typhoon-tossed steamer Nan-Shan.  

Our enemy knew from the start about this inescapable curse of the American psyche. Tet is their source book. They knew they could simply call and raise, again and again, no matter how bad the hand they had been dealt in Iraq. Inevitably, America would flinch and fold.

This knowledge emboldened them to launch, and then to persevere in their insurgency – which grew as the anti-war movement gained strength. And vice versa.

The Left, by sensitizing itself and us to the terror, became an accomplice – a catalyst in the killing and maiming of thousands of American servicemen. They gave the insurgents hope. And, in turn, directly benefited as the terror campaign persisted. The more they could make it appear that our policy in Iraq was “Bush’s failed policy” – even at the cost of causing it to fail – the better their political fortunes, as the election has now proved.

In the end, of course, Bush has failed. About the time I wrote Tet II in late 2003, he had lost his nerve in the face of domestic criticism, going from  dynamic offense to static occupation. This made Iraq the climactic battle in the war against terrorism – and it is exactly the sort of battle we, as a people, are least suited to fight.

This piece is not about incrimination – although it does sound like it, I admit. It is too late for that now. And we can’t, ultimately, blame the Left and its chief weapon, the Media. The failure is ours, the American people’s. With popular sovereignty comes responsibility. We have been tested; and found wanting. Now we will face the consequences. And they will bring us, all of us, more than enough penance.   

Nukes are paradigm-shifting weapons that invalidate Segura’s Law. You can maintain a stiff upper lip to the occasional terror bombing, but stoical detachment cannot withstand nuclear attack. 

If Iraq had succeeded, it might have aborted this future. Brought Western values of a sort to the Middle East and disarmed Iran and North Korea. But now, other radical states will actively seek nuclear technology. Iran will not be dissuaded. North Korea will, eventually, dispense its weapons.

In a couple of years, we will have passed the point of no return. The toothpaste will be out of the tube. Terrorists will have nukes. And, inevitably, terrorists will use those nukes on us.

Bush’s original strategy was preemption: to attack and destroy the terrorist in their homes before they could muster an attack. To eliminate the festering failed States that sustained them. It morphed under pressure to nation-building. We will soon adopt a third way: we will “redeploy” out of Iraq – tail between our legs. And the terrorist will follow us home. The nuclear attacks will be random, unstoppable and devastating.

The only way to fight terrorism, if you cannot prevent the attacks, is to ignore their effects. To refuse to consent to being terrorized.

The British ignored the IRA bombing of the old Commercial Union Building in London a generation ago. America ultimately shrugged off the destruction of the Twin Towers five years ago. But New York, Chicago, London, Paris… The loss of entire cities will cripple Western economies and traumatize all civilized peoples. We will be locked in an unavoidable and unwinnable war of asymmetrical attrition: our landmark cities for their caves and mud-huts.

Great cities, the emblems of Western Civilization, began as a walled defenses against marauding enemies. In a world turned upside-down, they are now our great vulnerability. They are suicidal concentrations of expensive economic, cultural and political assets waiting, exposed, for destruction. The only way to ignore nuclear terrorism will be to “redeploy” preemptively out of the crosshairs. Within years our cities will die – abandoned or incinerated.

Or both. The “redeployment” will be delayed. Trump will continue to build; the NYSE, to trade; Congress, to convene. When the strikes come, the toll will be staggering. A thousand fold or more what we have lost in Iraq or lost on 9/11. Economies will collapse. Millions will die of disease and famine.

The great things we have, as a civilization, built on the Earth over one thousand years will evaporate in a series of blasts, set off by a rag-tag army of primitives. We will be left, some of us, to scrape out our bitter existence beyond the ruble, in what were the suburbs.

But at least the Left will have succeeded in one thing: eliminating the root cause of Islamic radicalism. The gulf that divides Christendom and the Caliphate. That energizes their hatred for us. For we and our works will have been laid low.

And then…. Who knows?  One guess: dung beetles, muttering “Allah Akbar”, munching on the remains of Western Civilization.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: iraq; nuclearterror; tet
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1 posted on 11/12/2006 7:36:34 AM PST by FlameThrower
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To: FlameThrower

Nah - I wouldn't worry so much. After a nuclear weapon goes off in Washington DC, what's left of American resolve will get let loose.

Unfortunately, it seems that that is what it is going to take.


2 posted on 11/12/2006 7:39:04 AM PST by txzman (Jer 23:29)
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To: FlameThrower
Great cities, the emblems of Western Civilization, began as a walled defenses against marauding enemies. In a world turned upside-down, they are now our great vulnerability. They are suicidal concentrations of expensive economic, cultural and political assets waiting, exposed, for destruction. The only way to ignore nuclear terrorism will be to “redeploy” preemptively out of the crosshairs. Within years our cities will die – abandoned or incinerated.

I wouldn't give a plug nickel for the near-term survival chances of any large population urban city in this country. Once the vehicle-delivered nuclear blasts have been executed in our cities, the 'major' population of this country will be concentrated in areas far-outside the confines of the former dense population areas. In those areas, means of self-protection will be critical just to survive.

3 posted on 11/12/2006 7:42:52 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: FlameThrower

bttt


4 posted on 11/12/2006 7:45:05 AM PST by SittinYonder (Ic ■Št gehate, ■Št ic heonon nelle; fleon fotes trym, ac wille fur­or gan)
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To: FlameThrower

End of the west? Just crying over spilt milk. Time to pick ourselves up and get on with it. Everyone was sensing what was going to happen we just couldn,t believe the leadership was going to drive over the cliff. Better it happens now than in 08. Our first mistake was to lose respect for our adversaries because we disagree with them. Time for repubs in the house and senate to take stock and start planning. I think Mitch Mc. can do it. Don't look for help from the White House though; they've fell into making up the facts to go along wtih their agenda.


5 posted on 11/12/2006 7:49:25 AM PST by KyHammer (Get over it, now.)
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To: txzman

Now it is the traitors turn to set out their agenda.

We will support them as they supported America.

Sic Semper Tyrannus.


6 posted on 11/12/2006 7:52:41 AM PST by 2ndClassCitizen
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To: KyHammer

I think Republican chances are very good in '08 to decimate the Democrats. But it may well be too late. Once the genie is out of the bottle....


7 posted on 11/12/2006 7:53:23 AM PST by FlameThrower
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To: FlameThrower
If you do not consent to be terrorized, terrorism does not work. If it does not work, it will, eventually, not happen. To allow it to work is to invite it to happen. The successfully terrorized victim serves as accomplice to the terrorist.

Very good point. That pretty much sums up the operating principle for all of human history.

8 posted on 11/12/2006 7:58:08 AM PST by Dan Evans
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To: FlameThrower

You have to expect the democrats will act true to form. They can hardly hold themselves in check now. I'm anticipating some real entertainment out of these guys. There are going to be all kinds of things to be mad about and laugh about, they just can't help it. Plus they didn't beat us we beat ourselves. If we lose again in 08 we deserve it.


9 posted on 11/12/2006 8:02:17 AM PST by KyHammer (Get over it, now.)
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To: FlameThrower

bookmark ping-a-ling , & THANKS FlameThrower


10 posted on 11/12/2006 8:06:10 AM PST by Dad yer funny (FoxNews is morphing , and not for the better ,... internal struggle? Its hard to watch)
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To: txzman
Excellent comments, but one needs an understanding of history to digest them, something that is sorely lacking in America today....

We failed to accept that we live in a Media-driven world now, where re-runs of Survivor get higher ratings than the Evening News shows, no matter how biased they may be.

We assumed that The Sheeple had the intelligence to sift through the 24/7 drip,drip,drip, of Lies, hatred and exaggerations, and that they would make the right choice, without having to counter each ever more outrageous claim directly.

We assumed that a country that ignores the rivers of blood flowing in it's own Dem-controlled inner-city streets, would "get" why the struggle of less than 1% of the population actively involved in The War on Terror is vital to them.

We failed to take the on the Media War against America, and instead gave the initiative to our enemies and the American Left, who were obviously willing to sell out our nation for short-term political gains, seeing it as their ticket to return to power...
(See the Rockefeller Memo)

In short, we bet on the Intelligence of the American People to make a good decision. History will decide if they have, but will their be any of us left to analyze the result?
11 posted on 11/12/2006 8:08:29 AM PST by tcrlaf (VOTE DEM! You'll Look GREAT In A Burqa!)
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To: The Drowning Witch

Check this one out.


12 posted on 11/12/2006 8:16:21 AM PST by Jackknife ( "It's not a real party 'til somebody breaks something.")
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To: txzman
After a nuclear weapon goes off in Washington DC, what's left of American resolve will get let loose.

Nah, the cowards will still be cringing under rocks waiting for somebody to come rescue us.

13 posted on 11/12/2006 8:16:30 AM PST by penowa
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To: txzman

It is a mushroom cloud that will finally grab our attention. The question is; how will we react? From what I have seen so far after 9/11, I am not very impressed.


14 posted on 11/12/2006 8:19:32 AM PST by 353FMG (I never met a liberal I didn't dislike.)
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To: FlameThrower

The genie came out of the bottle a long time ago when we allowed Muslim immigration. Even today potential terrorsts are allowed in and potential terrorists are born in our hospitals. There will always be an ample supply of those that are bent on the destruction of America.


15 posted on 11/12/2006 8:24:50 AM PST by 353FMG (I never met a liberal I didn't dislike.)
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To: KyHammer

You are absolutely correct. I saw Hollerin' Howie on FNS this morning. He was trying to appear as centrist as he possibly could. That won't last long.

The dims are pack animals. Once they get a scent of blood, they will start ripping and tearing at everything and everyone that is not one of them.

The next two years will be very interesting, to say the least.


16 posted on 11/12/2006 8:27:59 AM PST by 43north (7 of 11 living things are insects. This explains liberals and islamofascists.)
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To: FlameThrower

Nonsense. This is part of the cycle of life. We have been fighting the lowlives since the dawn of time.


17 posted on 11/12/2006 8:30:33 AM PST by ScholarWarrior
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To: ScholarWarrior

And not always winning.


18 posted on 11/12/2006 8:33:33 AM PST by FlameThrower
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To: txzman
After a nuclear weapon goes off in Washington DC,

Nuke their allies? LA or Chicago or more likely targets, IMHO.

19 posted on 11/12/2006 8:42:58 AM PST by MamaLucci (God Bless Our Troops)
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To: FlameThrower
TET II -- The End contains some pretty good thoughts and analysis.

And we can't, ultimately, blame the Left and its chief weapon, the Media.

I agree. But a generation ago is a different story.

Americans were caught flatfooted. Newspapers were quickly giving way to TV network news. TV network news rapidly replaced newspapers as the primary source and it was staffed by men who made their mark in W.W.II. We had every reason to trust them.

From the author's article published a couple of years ago:

[The events in Viet Nam] was now a war for the heart and mind of Walter Cronkite. And there, an American defeat was forged out of an American victory.

The hearts and minds of MSM employees today yielded before our forces entered Iraq. To wit, Ellen Ratner hoped that "Bush would mess up;" ABCNNBCBS employees proclaimed that they were journalists, impartial and were not going to wear no stinkin' American Flags on air -- and scoffed at the few who did show the Flag.

"Bring it all down, man" was the 1960s pledge of allegiance. Well. they're still trying.

20 posted on 11/12/2006 8:43:04 AM PST by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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