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Uncivilization And Its Discontents
Boohoo, terrorist thugs are terrorizing terrorist thugs! Victor David Hanson writes for Real Clear Politics:

For years Fatah and Palestinian authority-sanctioned terrorists themselves have undermined civil society by torturing, murdering, and bombing innocents. It was accepted by them that the laws of civilization--due process, exemption of civilians from attacks, and the rule of law--did not apply to Yasser Arafat's government that was as corrupt as it was savage. If you ever were in need of dialysis after you blew up the local clinic and shot the doctors, you could always cross the border to the nearby Zionist entity for treatment.

But suddenly such Fatah terrorists are being out-terrorized by an even more barbaric Hamas, whose thugs have even looted the Nobel Peace Prize given Arafat. What barbarians! Where is the law?

So now the outgunned Fatah gangsters are suddenly crying about the uncivilized evils of looting, gangs, and random killings. Just as Thucydides warned about insurrectionists destroying civil society, so Fatah once erased civilization's protocols on the presumption that no one else would dare do to them what they routinely did to others. How bizarre that Arafat's followers of all people are reduced to appealing to international norms of decency and legality to avoid their utter destruction in Gaza by Hamas.

...Double standards depend on demanding from United States and Europe a sort of impossible perfection. When such utopianism is not--and never can be--met, cheap accusations of racism, colonialism, and imperialism follow. Such posturing is intended to con the West into feeling guilty, and, with such self-loathing, granting political concessions, relaxing immigration, or handing over more foreign aid. Left unsaid is that such critics of the West will always ignore their own hypocrisy, and, when convenient, destroy civilized norms while expecting someone else to restore them when needed.

What, then, to do? Stop feeling guilty, apologizing, and trying to rationalize barbarity. Instead insist on the same uniform standards of humane behavior from our critics that they now demand from us.

Finally, remember that there is a reason why millions flood into Europe from the Middle East and to America from Mexico--and not vice versa. There is a reason why Democrats and Republicans don't shoot each other in the streets of Washington, or why blue-state America does not mine red-state highways. And there is a reason why a Shiite mosque in Detroit is safer in the land of the Great Satan than it would be in Muslim Saudi Arabia. It's called civilization--a precious and fragile commodity that is missed even by its destroyers the minute they've done away with it.

Posted by aalkon at June 21, 2007 11:23 AM

Comments

And arming terrorists is what we do best. Millions upon millions of dollars so they should blow people up.

Posted by: therapydoc at June 21, 2007 5:36 AM

But isn't it Israel's fault that Palestine is having internal trouble?

I kid, I kid.

Posted by: Deirdre B. at June 21, 2007 5:44 AM

With the growing Islamization of Europe, we really are the last bastion of civilization, and we'd better wake up before we see Sharia law being enforced in our country. It's already creeping in, in allowing Muslim cabdrivers licensed by the city of Minneapolis to not take passengers with Seeing Eye dogs or carrying alcohol. And public funds were just used to build foot washes for Muslims at the University of Michigan. Little things...but little by little, that's how you shoehorn bigger things into a society.

Posted by: Amy Alkon at June 21, 2007 8:14 AM

Let's send all of the guns, bombs and other conventional weapons that we can gather to the Middle East. In a very short span of time they will erase themselves from the face of the Earth.

Posted by: Ari Rodriguez at June 21, 2007 11:58 AM

"What, then, to do? Stop feeling guilty, apologizing, and trying to rationalize barbarity. Instead insist on the same uniform standards of humane behavior from our critics that they now demand from us."

This reminds me of one of my all-time favorite essays: "The Prevention of War" by Reginald Bretnor. He asks:

"Just what would happen even today if [the United States], the British and Germans and French and Scandanavians and all other non-totalitarian nations everywhere (if anyone could get them to agree) were to withdraw from the UN, ... take over those of its agencies we support already and form our own private club, functioning according to more civilized rules? And what would happen were we to confine our massive aid to those nations that chose to join us under these rules, sending no more vast grain shipments...no more arms...no more help of any nature [to other nations]?

Look at aid to Africa: it is almost entirely counterproductive. The few non-corrupt officials in Africa realize this. See the article in the very well-regarded German magazine Spiegel, entitles "For God's Sake, Please Stop the Aid!"

So why do we continue? Guilty consciences? Corruption? Or just simple stupidity?

Posted by: bradley13 at June 21, 2007 11:24 PM

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