Feb 17 2009
The Brave New World of President Obama has some disturbing trends to it. The worst is the attempt to go back to a pre 9-11 delusional state that a violently oppressive form of religion can co-exist with modern, open, western societies.
We humans spent the 1990’s pretending that blood lusting jihadis in Afghanistan and Pakistan were not a threat to New York, London and Madrid because they had their little dusty part of the world where they could enslave women and beat their people senseless all day long – out of sight of the modern consumer society. We covered our eyes to horrific human atrocities with vain entertainment such as American Idle and reality shows which pretended to show humanity struggling against mother nature. They had their world and we had ours.
But all we did was allow the cancer of Islamo Fascism to grow strong and plan its break out from their dusty little corner of the Earth. All we did was ignore warning signs littered with the bodies of brutally murdered people. All we did was delay the day of reckoning to the point where the cancer had spread so far it required wars on multiple fronts to push it back into its dusty little corner of the world. Or at least close to that point.
Now, we see the will to survive wane. Now we see the will to finish the job disappear as we try to go back to that mindless pre 9-11 state. And it is – again – beginning in Pakistan:
The government announced Monday that it would accept a system of Islamic law in the Swat valley and agreed to a truce, effectively conceding the area as aÂ TalibanÂ sanctuary and suspending a faltering effort by the army to crush the insurgents.
About 3,000 Taliban militants have kept 12,000 government troops at bay andÂ terrorized the local populationÂ with floggings and the burning of schools.
The militants have also made deep gains in neighboring Afghanistan, where the United States is sending more troops.
Under the terms of the accord, the chief minister of the province, Amir Haider Khan Hoti, said that Pakistani troops would now go on â€œreactive modeâ€ and fight only in retaliation for an attack.
This is the classic law enforcement fetal position, where you only use your strength to retaliate. But you have to know for sure who you are striking, which always gives the ‘criminals’ a PR victory to boot. This is the beginning of a surrender. There are only 3,000 militants in a region of 100’s of thousands, most of who despise the Taliban.
But even worse is the fact this means Afghanistan is a lost cause as well. As long as the Taliban and al Qaeda have a sanctuary to run to, train in, regroup in, and attack from they cannot be completely eliminated. All we do with our forces is give them targets to kill. All they have to do is flow enough American blood uselessly so we pull out.
We should not wait. This is now President Obama’s Vietnam. With Taliban and al Qaeda forces sanctuaries in Pakistan they can bleed us out in Afghanistan. And from what President Obama has said, he doesn’t even believe we can win – which means he shouldn’t pretend to win by throwing American lives away:
President-electÂ Barack ObamaÂ intends to sign off on Pentagon plans to send up to 30,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan,Â but the incoming administration does not anticipate that the Iraq-like â€œsurgeâ€ of forces will significantly change the direction of a conflict that has steadily deteriorated over the past seven years.
That is not how American lives should be spent, in a useless facade. Sadly, it looks like we should pull back in Afghanistan and see how things go moving forward. The Taliban and al Qaeda will be revived, and at some point they will attack the West again. And we will have to go back into the same region – this time finish the job that this generation of leaders, right now, is unable to finish.
On a related note, it is scary how some people simply hide from reality, rationalizing away the ugly truth. One horrific example here in the West is the idea of murder beingÂ treated as a family dispute among the devoutly religious:
When a husband murders a wife or daughter in the United States and Canada, too often law enforcement chalks the matter up to domestic violence. Murder is murder; religion is irrelevant. Honor killings are, however, distinct from wife battering and child abuse. Analysis of more than fifty reported honor killings shows they differ significantly from more common domestic violence.Â The frequent argument made by Muslim advocacy organizations that honor killings have nothing to do with Islam and that it is discriminatory to differentiate between honor killings and domestic violence is wrong.
This too is a form of surrendering – when we give up our morals, our rules of right and wrong, to appease a group who treat humans as property. To not punish these acts as murder is to surrender our society to violent tyrants. This is how we lose our society to others – we give up, we surrender.
I am stunned any sane liberal woman could side with Islamo Fascists, but they do. Do they do it out of fear? What causes them to allow this warped view of a religion to be acceptable? There must be some strange syndrome that can explain how this is tolerated. When abortion is a right and a woman’s life is something for the husband and father to take away at will? Lost me.
While many will surrender, many of us will not. Where that leads us is still to be determined. But President Obama better not pretend to be serious with American lives. That is an unforgivable sin. Bush was serious, and he made great progress. He left us within the reach of victory – which may be rapidly slipping away from us.
Addendum: I want to highlight another passage from the article which proves this to be a surrender and abandonment of the people of Swat:
In legislative elections a year ago, the people of Swat, a region that is about the size of Delaware and has 1.3 million residents, voted overwhelmingly for the secular Awami National Party. Since then, the Taliban have singled out elected politicians with suicide bomb attacks and chased virtually all of them from the valley. Several hundred thousand residents have also fled the fighting.
The Pak leaders can try and spin this all day long, but the fact is they abandoned the people of Swat who do not want Taliban rule.