Yesterday I was hanging around at Richard Fernandez (Wretchard of Belmont club) facebook page. (I hang out there a lot) and he was talking about the forever war. No, not the book. What we’re going through. He was explaining that in Syria as well as all these other fronts we’re fighting on, there is this… holding back of force. We could win, sure, but our elites no longer believe in victory. Victory is so rude, so brash, so full of itself, so culturally “insensitive.” Instead they believe in measured, endless war, that leads to negotiations, also seemingly endless.
And meanwhile, in the endless war, with no goal in sight, no objective of “winning” real people (on our side and theirs) are dying, and even more people (in the Middle East and in Europe, and even here) are having their lives disrupted, turned upside down, their life work destroyed.
This kinder, gentler was is in fact an endless, grinding hell — granted felt more strongly abroad than here — which is imposed on the world in the name of compassion and sensitivity.
When I read that, my thought was “The doors of hell are locked from the inside.”
Because, think about it, in every one of the fronts in which we’re enjoined to be “sensitive” and “respectful” and “culturally diverse” what we get in the end is a blunting of what we know works, and instead of mitigating the awful consequences of whatever it is, it just prolongs it, and makes it horribly endless.
We know how to win wars. We did so in WWII and installed occupation forces and puppet regimes afterwards, long enough that those countries wouldn’t be a threat to us. And I see you cringing from those words, but think for a moment: is that more horrible than an endless grinding war; than whole populations always in strife; than children — those who don’t die — growing up in endless hopelessness because the war never ends and the healing never begins.
Oh, sure thing,t hey keep their pride and their culture. In this case a culture that stones uppity women and throws gay men from roofs. Those will continue dying too, while we dither and measure our response, and our fighting men die while our REMFers and our effete, castrati elite contemplate the beauties of “negotiation.”
And you’ll shrug and say “what do you expect of a president who thought it was terrible we forced the Emperor of Japan to surrender?”
Fine, that’s a point, but it’s not just him. It’s the whole “elite” the “glitterati” of Western culture, those educated not only beyond rationality but beyond usefulness except as puppets of our enemies. The poor darlings were taught that unless we have the perfect solution — to anything, really — we must compound with half measures, we must ignore what we know works, we must never declare that we know how to fix this, much less attempt to fix this. Instead, we must whisper and apologize, and cringe and writhe, while making the problem observably worse.
Take the war on poverty. We know how to defeat poverty. 95% of the people in poverty can be saved from their fate, and their children and grandchildren rescued from it by tough love. Instill bourgeois virtues. Marriage, abstinence, continence, chastity, hard work. It fricking well worked before, bringing most of Europe out of peasantry and starvation into an educated and in historical terms wealthy beyond dreams citizenry.
But it would require us to say that some behaviors are better than others. It would require us to arrogantly refuse to turn a blind eye to self-destruction. And those bourgeois values are so outdated. They leave so little room for artistic self-expression.
And then there are the poor who don’t respond to this: the addled, or otherwise willfully destructive. Those on whom social pressure wouldn’t work.
It is as though those who disgrace the label of “liberal” believe that we shouldn’t leave those who can’t be saved alone in their misery and must therefore precipitate the greatest number of unfortunates down to keep them company.
And behind this is a grotesque sort of elitism that you hear when they think they’re safe and among their own: “As technology advances, most of these people aren’t smart enough to keep up. So we need social programs.” Social programs which, as constituted wage war on those very bourgeois values that could save these people. And it’s bullshit, besides. There is no technology so advanced that there is no room for people who can do things with their hands. Hell and damnation, other than the internet, when did we become so “advanced” and when are the jobs our “studies” graduates do above the mind of the common man. These people are wanna-be elites so incompetent they must cast other people as subnormal to feel superior.
Again, we know how to pull people out of poverty, but because the solution isn’t perfect and is what they’ve been taught to consider uncouth, we allow them to live lives of utter hopelessness, for generations on end.
Everywhere you look: war, race, poverty, disease, you see the same thing. “We know how to stop this” but in the name of “compassion” and “sensitivity”, in the name of caring and listening, we allow people to suffer and die, world without end.
In the end they call evil good and good evil, and allow intolerable situations to continue, all so they can feel good about themselves.
Which is far worse than it would be if they didn’t know how to fix this.
The doors of hell are locked on the inside, and there is a sixth column in front of them, preventing us from opening them and setting the captives free.
We’re going to have to go through them to rescue civilization.