Dr. Thomas Sowell
blueoval57 at VERIZON.NET
Thu Aug 24 21:25:11 MDT 2006
>Point of no return?
>By Thomas Sowell
>Tuesday, August 22, 2006
>It is hard to think of a time when a nation --
>and a whole civilization -- has drifted more
>futilely toward a bigger catastrophe than that
>looming over the United States and western civilization today.
>Nuclear weapons in the hands of Iran and North
>Korea mean that it is only a matter of time
>before there are nuclear weapons in the hands of
>international terrorist organizations. North
>Korea needs money and Iran has brazenly stated
>its aim as the destruction of Israel -- and both
>its actions and its rhetoric suggest aims that
>extend even beyond a second Holocaust.
>Send not to know for whom the bell tolls. It tolls for thee.
>This is not just another in the long history of
>military threats. The Soviet Union, despite its
>massive nuclear arsenal, could be deterred by
>our own nuclear arsenal. But suicide bombers cannot be deterred.
>Fanatics filled with hate cannot be either
>deterred or bought off, whether Hezbollah, Hamas or the government of Iran.
>The endlessly futile efforts to bring peace to
>the Middle East with concessions fundamentally
>misconceive what forces are at work.
>Hate and humiliation are key forces that cannot
>be bought off by "trading land for peace," by a
>"Palestinian homeland" or by other such
>concessions that might have worked in other times and places.
>Humiliation and hate go together. Why
>humiliation? Because a once-proud, dynamic
>culture in the forefront of world civilizations,
>and still carrying a message of their own
>superiority to "infidels" today, is painfully
>visible to the whole world as a poverty-stricken
>and backward region, lagging far behind in
>virtually every field of human endeavor.
>There is no way that they can catch up in a
>hundred years, even if the rest of the world
>stands still. And they are not going to wait a
>hundred years to vent their resentments and
>frustrations at the humiliating position in which they find themselves.
>Israel's very existence as a modern, prosperous
>western nation in their midst is a daily slap
>across the face. Nothing is easier for
>demagogues than to blame Israel, the United
>States, or western civilization in general for their own lagging position.
>Hitler was able to rouse similar resentments and
>fanaticism in Germany under conditions not
>nearly as dire as those in most Middle East
>countries today. The proof of similar demagogic
>success in the Middle East is all around.
>What kind of people provide a market for
>videotaped beheadings of innocent hostages? What
>kind of people would throw an old man in a
>wheelchair off a cruise liner into the sea,
>simply because he was Jewish? What kind of
>people would fly planes into buildings to vent
>their hate at the cost of their own lives?
>These are the kinds of people we are talking
>about getting nuclear weapons. And what of ourselves?
>Do we understand that the world will never be
>the same after hate-filled fanatics gain the
>ability to wipe whole American cities off the
>face of the earth? Do we still imagine that they
>can be bought off, as Israel was urged to buy
>them off with "land for peace" -- a peace that
>has proved to be wholly illusory?
>Even ruthless conquerors of the past, from
>Genghis Khan to Adolf Hitler, wanted some
>tangible gains for themselves or their nations
>-- land, wealth, dominion. What Middle East
>fanatics want is the destruction and humiliation of the west.
>Their treatment of hostages, some of whom have
>been humanitarians serving the people of the
>Middle East, shows that what the terrorists want
>is to inflict the maximum pain and psychic
>anguish on their victims before killing them.
>Once these fanatics have nuclear weapons, those
>victims can include you, your children and your children's children.
>The terrorists need not start out by wiping our
>cities off the map. Chances are they would first
>want to force us to humiliate ourselves in
>whatever ways their sadistic imaginations could
>conceive, out of fear of their nuclear weapons.
>After we, or our children and grandchildren,
>find ourselves living at the mercy of people
>with no mercy, what will future generations
>think of us, that we let this happen because we
>wanted to placate "world opinion" by not acting "unilaterally"?
>We are fast approaching the point of no return.
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