Turn them into parking lots….
We have to have oil. They have it. We take it. One way or the other. Bush was right. You’re either for us or against us.
Not fair? Cruel? Unethical?
You won’t be surprised to see that we are already doing many of these things and much of what I advocate is simply a matter of degree or scope rather than some radical new thing we’ve never done before.
And finally, I make no claim of originality. I read too much, but I’m not scholarly enough to remember who writes what so I can’t do the proper citations and credits. So, if you think I’m ripping off someone else’s ideas you’re probably right and I’ll admit it up front, but I won’t require footnotes from you if you won’t require them from me.
I don’t share Robert’s apocalyptic view. I do not believe the road to our salvation runs through killing all the little bastards, although some of that is clearly going to be necessary and where it is we should pursue that with alacrity and zeal. We’re good at it and it doesn’t hurt our enemy to know that first hand. Still, as I see it, the journey to victory is on the infinitely less expensive (but still pricey) path toward preempting Islam in the minds of its believers. Or at least in the ones that are paying the cost of the jihad to kill us. We need to start with those and can go back and get the others later. We have to give them a better path to Paradise than slavishly adhering to the incoherent rants of a psychotic thug who died centuries ago.
We can do this using the same tools and techniques we use on ourselves every day when facing choices over diet cola or where and what to eat. Sure, reaching some parts of the great unwashed Ummah won’t be cheap or easy, but we don’t have to reach all of it and the ones we do need to reach already have TV and broadband for the most part.
I know it works. We did it to the Commies and they were a far harder nut to crack if for no other reason than their prophet wasn’t a self-abusing psychotic sociopathic pedophile and bullying thief who has been dead for 1,300 years. And the commies used the same techniques on us, delivered in a slightly different manner, through their sponsorship of the Deconstructionist movement in the universities of the West back in the ‘60s and ‘70s. And, we look back with fondness at our own Reformation. Without it, we would be in the same dank, dark theocratic hole that pretty much wiped out a 3,000 year accumulation of knowledge about nature and the nature of man that Islam is mired in today. We’re still paying for our dark ages and I weep over what that lost millennium cost us. We’re lucky, though. Bringing reformation to Islam won’t have to depend on the movable type printing press and about 200 years of gestation. We have the internet, satellite TV and Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus (a subversive character if ever there was one). And Wal*Mart and McDonalds and all the other accoutrements that make the west so desirable in the eyes of the have-nots. We’ve got the greener grass on the other side of the road, even if it’s mostly concrete. We should exploit it.
We have to get realistic about the nature of the problem. I assume everyone here has some familiarity with western history and at least a passing acquaintance with the great works of western literature and understands how the social contract between the individual and the state in our civilization evolved. “…we hold these truths to be self-evident…” and all that if you’re American, or Locke and Rousseau if you’re not. The cornerstones of our civilization all derive from the traditions described in that literature that places the rights of the individual above the state and makes the bonds of a religion a personal rather than a collective obligation.
Contrast this with the Muslim world view. Under Islam, there is no state except the Ummah, the community of believers, and outside of some administrative and coordinating functions there is no government beyond the immutable word of Allah.