Choose Courage and Common Sense

Filed under:It's the Jihad,Sad — posted by Anwyn on August 6, 2006 @ 9:14 pm

The cover of Newsweek in the grocery store today showed Nicolas Cage as a firefighter in Oliver Stone’s World Trade Center and the headline, “Oliver Stone’s 9/11: Controversial Filmmaker Chooses Courage Over Conspiracy in ‘World Trade Center.'”

The King of Conspiracy would have fared poorly in theaters had he chosen “conspiracy” on this topic, but the fact remains that as a filmmaker, he had a choice. 1) Tell the story as we saw it happen, as evidence indicates that it happened, and as the victims experienced it happening. 2) Tell it as nutjob crazies looking to make some kind of name for themselves pull it straight out of their asses.

You have to see these videos, especially the first, to believe that anybody could be so callous, so cruel, and so dumb. Message to Dylan Avery and company: You are alive and pushing this garbage precisely because our government doesn’t play that way. Grow up. Stop watching so many conspiracy thrillers. Or if you must watch them, pay attention to the part where the only guy who cottons to the conspiracy runs for his life during the whole film. Start living in the real world.

With thanks to Allahpundit.

The Reward of Appeasement

Filed under:Church of Liberalism,It's the Jihad — posted by Anwyn on July 30, 2006 @ 9:14 pm

Biting the hand that tries to feed them. Do you think these attacks will open the U.N.’s eyes to the idea that nothing they can give these people will stop their aggression?

Nah. Me either.

Ann Althouse, in speaking of a scathing article about Rice, hits the nail on the heads of the appeasement crowd:

If the U.S. or Israel does something violent, you speak only in terms of your horror and righteous anger that we have killed people. If our enemies do something violent, you call attention to their understandable frustration and outrage and our role in making them feel that way.

There is astonishing arrogance in this kind of excusing away everything these violent people do. The excusers are saying, in essence, “They’re too [stupid, emotionally undevloped, take your pick] to understand that what they’re doing is unacceptable.” This is the compassionate left? “You’re too dumb to know that this isn’t the way to go about getting what you want, so we’ll just pat you on the head, give it to you, and send you on your merry way.”

Parents of toddlers know better than this. If I were to treat my son this way, he would grow up thinking he could throw a screaming fit and get whatever he wants.

I guess I should revise: Good parents of toddlers know better than this. It’s about time the U.N. learned it too. Looks like these attackers are giving the U.N. one hell of a screaming fit. We’ll see what they learn.

And What Did You Think We’re Fighting For?

Filed under:It's the Jihad — posted by Anwyn on July 27, 2006 @ 11:06 pm

Via Mike Lief??comes a chilling look at aplausible futureby author Dan Simmons, whose work I will be checking out after reading this.

Athens failed in Syracuse–and doomed their democracy–not because they fought in the wrong place and at the wrong time, but because they weren’t ruthless enough. … I come from a place and time where your grandchildren and hundreds of millions of other dhimmi are compelled to write ‘pbuh’ after the Prophet’s name. They wear gold crosses and gold Stars of David sewn onto their clothing. The Nazis didn’t invent the wearing of the Star of David … the marking and setting apart of the Jews in society. Muslims did that centuries ago in they lands they conquered, European and otherwise. They will refine it and update it, not toward the more merciful, in the lands they occupy through the decades ahead of you.

It’s plausible, if the United States cannot hold its resolve.

Here’s the kicker:

“How, we wonder in my time,” he said softly, “can you ignore the better part of a billion people who say aloud that they are willing to kill your children? … or condone and celebrate the killing of them? And ignore them as they act on what they say? We do not understand you.”

How can people ignore this? Because it’s not happening here, not since 9/11/01. And why is it not happening here? Does anybody really believe that the jihadis figured, “Oh, well, we made our point in the States; we’re done over there.” I don’t. They haven’t pulled anything off because they’ve been prevented and because they don’t seem to get smarter, better funded, or better organized. For now.

You should read the whole thing. It’s harrowing.

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