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"History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it."-Winston S. Churchill

"The wandering scholars were bound by no lasting loyalties, were attached by no sentiment of patriotism to the states they served and were not restricted by any feeling of ancient chivalry. They proposed and carried out schemes of the blackest treachery."-C.P. Fitzgerald.

Tuesday, August 19, 2003

In the Wake of the News.... 

One day, ages ago, I heard that Bernie Lincicome, sports columnist for the Fort Lauderdale Daily News and Sun Sentinel had take a job with the Chicago Tribune. This fascinated me because Lincicome's columns were usually quite good, and I had gone to university in Chicago. The Tribune's sports column has always been called In the Wake of the News, and that's where I find myself now. Floating on the wake of one great event, waiting for the next thing to happen.

The September 11th attack was the single defining moment of our time. We all live in the wake of that atrocity. Some of us accept the world in which we live and understand the enemy against whom we fight. Others wish for a bygone era in which the jihadist was something you read about in the International section of the Sunday paper, and fabulously wealthy comic opera dictators could be left alone and "contained". Our liberal friends and the leftist allies are mostly found among the latter group of people, as they find reason to question the legitimacy of the invasion of Iraq and the larger struggle, the War on Terror.

My sense is that after the initial outrage of 9-11, the left has begun to lose its nerve. They are losing their will to defend Western Civilization. Oh, they say the right things, but they don't really mean it. Too many leftists believe that we "had it coming" or that we were the authors of our own karmic blowback. They are too numerous among the opinion makers within the Democratic Party for them to be dismissed as a potty group of cranks. They are the people who hate George W. Bush with a deep passion and support Howard Dean's call to withdraw all of our troops from Iraq immediately. My contention is that they want the Nineties back.

They can't have their era back, of course. September 11th was as profound a historical marker as August, 1914. We have entered a new and more violent future, and if you'll forgive me from borrowing from Mr. Churchill, it is one that will be "made more protracted by the lights of perverted science." We Americans enter the cruel world as it is, not as we wish it to be. There are lots of people out there who want to come to my country and kill as many of its people as possible. We have chosen to take our war to them. That disturbs some people. Good, it should.

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