Monday, March 29, 2010

A Confluence of Folly. Part II


by D. L. Adams


2nd part of 3


Denial and Ignorance — No "Systems" Work

There is little cause for rejoicing in this new decade; we are in an existential conflict thrust upon us by reactionary and extreme forces whose existence precedes us by more than a millennium. We are not a doctrinaire people and we seem to have difficulty acknowledging that in others. Our inability to accept the truth of the doctrine of those who want to destroy our people and our society is a staggering failure of epic proportions.

O you who believe! fight those of the unbelievers who are near to you and let them find in you hardness; and know that Allah is with those who guard (against evil). (Koran, 9:123)[35]

Northwest flight 253 landed safely in Detroit not because any system worked[36] but because private citizens took action for their own safety and that of their fellow passengers. The passengers who defeated their would-be killer on the flight to Detroit are heroes much like Todd Beamer and the heroes of Flight 93[37] were on 9/11.

We rely on technology for fake security that destroys our privacy[38] and undermines ease of interstate and international travel. In fact, the invasive "solutions" now being pushed by American security officials are considered by some to violate child pornography[39] laws. We seek technological solutions because we will not profile; we will not profile because so many of us are silly multiculturalists, politically correct, post modernist ignorant fools. We should do behavioral profiling, racial, national — all of it. Profiling must be a weapon of defense, not to use weapons of defense when attacked is folly.

El Al airlines has never been hijacked specifically because they actively profile. They profile because profiling is the most successful method[40] of preventing hostiles on aircraft. The legitimacy of Israeli profiling is validated because it is effective. In fact, just after 9/11 Logan airport in Boston hired Rafi Ron,[41] a former director of Ben Gurion airport to advise on security at that airport.

What has happened to this rationalist approach? It has been subsumed by our culture of silliness and multicultural political correctness and the absolute ridiculous need in all sectors to avoid "offense" to minorities. If we deployed the Israeli model of rational security the Christmas "undie" bomber would never have gotten on any America-bound aircraft in Amsterdam (or anywhere else). Our failure to deploy effective security across our society is a profound moral and operational failure whose origin is political correctness — the ridiculous childish fear of causing "offense."

If we must offend someone to secure our people, so be it. It is alright to inconvenience the entire travelling public to avoid causing offense to somebody who may well have reason to avoid security checks in the first place?

We are clearly more concerned with avoiding "offense" to a minority, and causing severe inconvenience, intrusiveness, and creating an obvious security theater[42] than actually ensuring the security of our people and our friends than in actually securing our people and aircraft. This is utterly stupid. Certainly our society has reached the final stage in the Peter Principle[43] process; we've advanced to the point of collective denial and incompetence.

But more than one-third of all terrorist plots since 9/11 transpired in 2009 — despite loud chest-thumping about rejecting the idea of a war on terror, reaching out to the Muslim world, and apologizing for purported American sins. A non-impoverished Major Hasan or Mr. Mutallab (or Mr. Atta or KSM) does not fit with the notion that our enemies act out of poverty or oppression or want. (Victor Davis Hanson)

The idea that Islamic terrorism, violence and hate against Americans is poverty-driven, or a response to some particular American foreign policy (cf. support of Israel, another frontline state in the jihad war) is now clearly debunked after the most recent attack by a wealthy, privileged Islamic terrorist.[44] Islamic terror is motivated by Islamic doctrine; we are the target because we exist.

The adherents of Islamic doctrine attack us because they hate us; they hate us simply because we exist. El Al takes security very seriously, we Americans do not; Israel is very successful with airline security because they ask questions and are not concerned with ridiculous politically correct self-censorship. Relying entirely on technology and ignoring the human component of a potential attacker has already failed.

There have been no hijackings of Israeli planes in recent years, he (Mordechai Rachamim) says, "because they saw it is impossible to make (a) hijacking."

And Shlomo Dror says that, while there are sky marshals on every flight, they are the last line of defense. If they have to spring into action, it means the security system has failed.


Until recently, Rafi Ron was director of security at the Tel Aviv airport. He knows how sophisticated terrorists have become.

"We believe that profiling is a very important concept in aviation security," he says. "Finding a bomb is not such an easy thing. Bombs don't look any more like a black, round thing with a smoking fuse coming out of them. They take...almost every possible shape. They are created out of so many type of materials that it has become extremely difficult to find the bomb."

That's why it's so important to find the terrorist before he gets on the plane. And the Israelis say they cannot do that without profiling, or selecting, passengers who match certain profiles. (CBSNewsThe Safest Airline)[45]

National sovereignty and its security are the essential purposes of government. The wannabe Detroit "crotch bomber" - Nigerian-jihad-killer demonstrated to us all that we must do better.

It has often been said that if we alter our daily activities, if we don't fly the "friendly skies" then the terrorists have "won." We must understand what victory means to the jihadists. For them, blasted cities such as Detroit and the total failure of American society and government to rebuild them is what they are fighting for. They fight for the failure of American ingenuity, security, and prosperity. The would-be killer of the Detroit-bound flight would have preferred a devastated aircraft over a failed city; we were lucky on Christmas Day, 2009. As long as America is not Islamic the model for all American cities to the jihadists is Detroit. The purpose of jihad against us is the destruction of the United States and the implementation of Sharia law.

Conglomeration of Failure

We live in a time of the confluence of dangerous cultural, intellectual, ethical, moral, and political failures. At a time when American exceptionalism and importance should be encouraged and understood across the country and the world, it is diminished[46] instead. When American jobs and livelihoods should be protected and made safe, they are undermined by open porous borders and an immigration policy that is neither a proper national policy nor of benefit to newcomers or citizens.

We live in a time when security considerations are built upon absurd concepts of extreme tolerance and a total aversion to cause offense to anyone most particularly those who may be threats. We live in a time of rampaging folly.

We live in a time shaped by definitive concepts of good and evil and right and wrong; there are those who do not share our concepts and hate us for the ideals that we embrace. We are hated because we are not Islamic and we are hated because we help Islam, but never enough. There is no unifying this contradiction as we always remain kaffirs to the Islamic umma. No matter how much we help, no matter how "good" we are, the adherents of Islam fight us as they are commanded to do so by Allah and Mohammed.

So obey not the disbelievers, but strive against them herewith with a great endeavour. (Koran, 25:52)[47]

Despite the experiences and lessons of our founders who experienced jihad themselves during the "Barbary Pirate"[48] conflicts we have chosen to live in a world as we would prefer it to be rather than what it actually is. We suffer from a national delusion that results in the denial of reality; we have placed a matrix[49] of utopian dreams over our eyes to the delight of our detractors and enemies.

We cannot effectively defend our homeland and our people for fear of offending those who attack us; we fight wars for those who hate our existence and what we stand for; our president apologizes[50] for our past greatness, condemning our friends and embracing/appeasing our enemies across the world. It has been said by arrogant and ignorant people that we only need to simply "reset"[51] our approach to the world and it will magically spin in the direction of our choosing; they are mistaken.

This is a great fraud that the deluded would have us all believe. The denial of history and humanity itself in the concepts of radical tolerance and the bizarre fake "resetting" of human and international relations is at the core of our inability to respond to existential threats. We live within a vortex of the confluence of errors all compounded again and again as we fail to accept the hard truths, and fail to take steps to make our country safe and support our friends once again.

An Undeniable Historical Vortex

During the Clinton administration, the philosopher and historian Francis Fukuyama famously stated that with the fall of the Soviet Union we had reached the "end of history."[52] This notion is absurd because it suggests that history is finite.

While history has cycles and lines that may themselves come to an end, the existence of humanity necessarily means that history never ends; it is both ignorant and arrogant to suggest that we live outside of the flow of history. The horror for those who accepted Fukuyama's ridiculous assertion (including Bill Clinton) is that the truth of our situation today is more particularly difficult to accept. We are caught up in a brutal historical cycle that was created in the Arabian desert over 1,400 years ago. This is very difficult for many to accept. Much worse than the "end of history" is that we now see a violent re-emergence of history.

To our great detriment, we in the West ourselves in large part facilitated the resurgence of Islam with trillions of dollars in oil purchases. Fully financed and resurgent because they (the adherents of Islam/umma) see the retreat and moral and ethical confusion[53]/surrender of the West, Islam has rarely been as emboldened as it is today. Soon, Iran may acquire a nuclear weapon[54] and a horrific new historical phase of the world will begin.

It is difficult for many to accept a world in which a particular ideology or concept, especially one so profoundly opposed to us as is Islam, may so influence the foreseeable future. As lovers of freedom and justice there are now new warnings that history is not at all an end but is in fact brutally influencing our lives.

Multiculturalism and post-modernism are the anti-reality tools that are used by those who oppose our existence. If we embrace multiculturalism, and post-modernism; a world-view of radical equivalence and the abandonment of meaning in the embrace of universal subjectivity — the outcome of this existential conflict must then be of little moment because all outcomes, as they are founded upon the opposition of equivalent cultures, must be ... acceptable.

We must take a renewed interest in the preservation of our way of life which must reside upon a foundation of understanding and appreciation of its value. If we do not value our country,[55] if we accept universal equivalence, if we concur that we must never "offend" anyone with criticisms or judgments based upon a comparison of essential values, we will fail in our defense. The idea of "good" and "evil" must be re-embraced across the country just as it was during the cold war against Communism and the war against Nazism. And once we identify the evil, it must be decisively opposed.

The importance of history has long been doubted by many in our anti-intellectual society. The answers we require are all available in our own history and in the founding documents[56] of our country.

Forgotten History Illustrates the Present

What does our history teach us of Islam? Regardless of ridiculous, ignorant academics and iconoclasts who deny that history can be known[57] or that its lessons have no meaning anymore — the struggle of today is not new.

Ambassadors Thomas Jefferson and John Adams' 1785 report delivered after their meeting with the head of one of the Barbary Coast states (a jihadist) is instructive; what was true then is true now.

When they inquired by what right the Barbary states preyed upon American shipping, enslaving both crews and passengers, America's two foremost envoys were informed that "it was written in the Koran, that all Nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon whoever they could find and to make Slaves of all they could take as prisoners, and that every Mussulman who should be slain in battle was sure to go to Paradise."[58]

We are in the center of a vortex of historical forces, a confluence of error, ignorance, and folly.[59] The key to our security and stability is in our past and our foundational documents, Constitution, Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independence; the key to opposing those who want to blow up our aircraft and destroy our country is found in their foundational documents, Koran, Sira, Hadith.[60]

Multiculturalists and post modernists supported by the inanity of political correctness support the forces of monoculture and totalitarianism (Islam), though they may not fully know it; if they do know it, they often do not care. A radical amoral view of the world and of humanity, post modernism and multiculturalism, results in a national lack of will. Why should there be sufficient will either to oppose or to defend anything if everything is equivalent — this is the essence of post modernism. For the sake of the survival of our nation and to reinvigorate the intellectual life of our culture post modernism, multiculturalism, and political correctness all must be delegitimized, abandoned, and destroyed.

We have created two nations Afghanistan and Iraq and helped them write their new constitutions. These documents identify Islam as the state religion and law of the land, the law of Islam is Sharia law. Jihad is an obligation for all adherents of Islam, this is specifically delineated in Koran and reiterated in Sira and Hadith. Jihad is justified and "legalized" in Sharia law. We fight against jihad at the same time we create states that will mandate it and support it — we will always be its victims; this is folly.

Acknowledging Existential Conflict

If we acknowledge that our heritage is worthy of preserving for future generations in as close to the manner in which it was given us by our Founders then there is great and difficult work that must be done. The idea of existential defense is not new nor is it unrecognized in history, literature, and culture; it is the central theme of the history of civilizations. Most recently, a scene in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy captured this concept succinctly.

Frodo: I wish the ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened.
Gandalf: So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us. There are other forces at work in this world Frodo, besides the will of evil. Bilbo was meant to find the Ring. In which case, you were also meant to have it. And that is an encouraging thought. Lord of the Rings, Fellowship of the Ring[61]

It is not for us to deny the unpleasant rhythms of history; it is not for us to flee from our responsibilities. We must accept the world in which we live and the challenges that we face. We must understand that we are engaged in a military and ideological war that is global. It is existential because if we are not successful in defending ourselves we will cease to exist as a people and a nation.

Something happened[62] that prevents us from accepting the unpleasant truth of the world in which we live. Americans are experimenters and innovators; we search for "better ways." We have created new ways of openness and tolerance, new ways of viewing others and their ideologies so that they feel welcome in our society. We did not understand the high cost of these new "ways" until 9/11; the hard lesson is unfortunately slow to penetrate.

Our "better way" of radical "niceness" and extreme, anti-judgment tolerance and an acceptance of the ridiculous disproven concept that if only we are nice then those who wish to destroy us will be nice in return; the world and humanity have never functioned in this Utopian manner.

Allan Bloom, the insightful author of Closing of the American Mind[63] in his 1989 response to Fukuyama wrote that since the Soviet Union and Communism had been defeated Liberalism was victorious, but the victory "may be decisively unsatisfactory." The meaning and purpose that our national opposition to the evils of Communism provided to us are now gone, a new ideology of emptiness, deconstruction and inverted morality/amorality (post-modernism) has taken root. Bloom's predictions for the future do not mirror De Tocqueville's.

I would suggest that fascism has a future, if not the future. (Allan Bloom, Response to Fukuyama,[64] "The National Interest", Summer, 1989)

The timing of this catastrophic jihad war against us is not coincidental; our enemies see weakness in our confusion and anti-intellectual silliness. We no longer have the anti-Communist idea that unified the country for decades rather we now have an advancing deconstruction of Americanism itself.

Our desire (in some circles) to be accepted by the entire world translates into a failed world view of our collective guilt and averageness which cannot but elicit grave concern[65] from our friends and derision and rejoicing from our adversaries.

The ideas of "right/wrong" and "good/evil" must be re-embraced as the world of reality is far removed from our fantasies of philosophical conundrums, mental gymnastics, and meaningless academic debates. We are now in an existential struggle founded upon the diametrically opposed concepts of freedom and civilization that we have always considered the core of our culture versus the anti-individual, brutal totalitarianism of Islam and its savage "legal code" of Sharia law. It would appear that we in the West have forgotten the complexities of civilizational conflict, with some in positions of importance denying even that such a conflict exists.

There is bliss across the world at our American failures to acknowledge the truth and tears of frustration here at home at our continuing failure to speak the truth and to fight the enemy and his totalitarian ideology. We fought a devastating civil war over a century ago to end slavery; let us not overturn the results of that struggle by denying that slavery is our future if we do not once again unite in the concepts that have given us the finest country, the light unto the world, so far seen on this planet.


D.L. Adams is an analyst and historian, and a co-founder of SIOA — Stop Islamization of America. This article appeared in Family Security Matters posted in two parts, part 1 on January 11, 2010 and part 2 on January 12, 2010

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