Posted by: JDM..... | October 9, 2012

On becoming the enemy….

easier than one might think………

How easy it would be to join the enemy simply by claiming virtue in exterminating him because his beliefs, traditions, behaviors, and sense of justice differ from our own. The greatest challenge of our time is to develop a way to protect our way of life from them without letting go of that way of life, even for an instant.

It’s not easy. I felt we were justified in our pursuit of Osama bin Laden and those who perpetrated the September 11, 2001 assault upon the citizens of our country. Not only was this done on our soil, it was done against innocent, non-combatant civilians. Yes, they attacked the Pentagon as well, but there was nothing military about the attacks. It was done to terrorize and demoralize the peaceful, not to claim victory against any armed force.

How does a civilized human being stand eyes forward before any god, let alone his own dressing mirror, and define combat as killing the women and children of an opponent? By Western standards, a civilized human being cannot. Therein lies the dilemma. Therein lies our divide.

It is quite clear that they, meaning the Taliban, and whatever is left of al Qaida and their ilk, will continue to engage all of the earth’s people, including their own, with unthinkable barbarism. While there sometimes is logic in “fighting fire with fire”, arson for arson’s sake achieves nothing except the end of everything of value.

Bullets and bombs will not defeat us, nor will women and children clad in suits of explosives and sent to mingle in the marketplace by cowardly old men who worship themselves in lieu of the principles of their prophet. The greatest threat to Western cultures and societies would be for us to defeat them militarily by becoming them philosophically and behaviorally.

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