Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Are We Too Nice Too Win?

That's what the Jedi Hater is wondering and while the guy is an absolutely asstackler about entertainment stuff, he's usually spot-on when it comes to politics. Some snips:

WHAT if liberal democracies have now evolved to a point where they can no longer wage war effectively because they have achieved a level of humanitarian concern for others that dwarfs any really cold-eyed pursuit of their own national interests?

What if the universalist idea of liberal democracy - the idea that all people are created equal - has sunk in so deeply that we no longer assign special value to the lives and interests of our own people as opposed to those in other countries?

Could World War II have been won by Britain and the United States if the two countries did not have it in them to firebomb Dresden and nuke Hiroshima and Nagasaki?
Watch it, John, or else AllahPundit will ban you from Hot Air with the approval of Michelle Malkin!!! We won't be having about of that mean conservative talk there, dontchaknow?
Didn't the willingness of their leaders to inflict mass casualties on civilians indicate a cold-eyed singleness of purpose that helped break the will and the back of their enemies? Didn't that singleness of purpose extend down to the populations in those countries in those days, who would have and did support almost any action at any time that would lead to the deaths of Germans and Japanese?

What if the tactical mistake we made in Iraq was that we didn't kill enough Sunnis in the early going to intimidate them and make them so afraid of us they would go along with anything? Wasn't the survival of Sunni men between the ages of 15 and 35 the reason there was an insurgency and the basic cause of the sectarian violence now?

If you can't imagine George W. Bush issuing such an order, is there any American leader you could imagine doing so?
Welcome to DIRKWORLD® of two years ago! I was saying that we should've annihilated Fallujah after the contractors were slaughtered, burned, dismembered and hung from a bridge, but was anyone listening? Nooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!! 2000 dead soldiers later, it's too damn late, morons!
Is this the horrifying paradox of 21st century warfare? If Israel and the United States cannot be defeated militarily in any conventional sense, have our foes discovered a new way to win? Are they seeking victory through demoralization alone - by daring us to match them in barbarity and knowing we will fail?

Are we becoming unwitting participants in their victory and our defeat? Can it be that the moral greatness of our civilization - its astonishing focus on the value of the individual above all - is endangering the future of our civilization as well?
This image (h/t Power Line) sums up the rules for modern White Guilt warfare:

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