Saturday, July 17, 2004
This blog's co-editor gave me a call today.
It occurred to him while listening to The Michael Savage Show that the Right's frustration with the conduct of the war has as much to do with the politeness of it all as it does to do with the naivete and obtuseness of the Left. At bottom, his contention was rather simple; we are not allowed to identify the war as a "Clash of Civilizations" between Western Christendom and Militant Islam. The resistance to identifying the enemy in plain sight with plain words is too great, especially among the chattering classes.
The common people show no reticence in this regard.
Into the breach steps David Warren and T.C. Wretchard of The Belmont Club. I recommend both readings today, as I suspect the Jihadists have more mayhem planned for us this summer and fall. They will attempt to repeat their Spanish triumph, but have even far grander plans, I suspect.
As Wretchard points out, we will not know the enemy by his name until his handiwork destroys one of our cities.
Then, in my opinion, it will come down to the oldest human choice-us, or them.