Nous Sommes Tout Paris.
Although the President of the United States won’t say it, we are at war with Radical Islam. I’m sure that he has his reasons, whether they be ideological, religious or simply wrong-headed.
The fact remains that we are engaged in conflict and we must now face some hard choices.
This post is based on my opinion of events as I have observed them and I welcome your comment or differing opinion.
As witnessed by innumerable events, Paris being the latest, the enemy is implacable. He places no value on human life, not even his own and he seems to be willing to destroy all human life on earth as long as one of his own is the last person standing, there to give praise to his theology.
We approach this battle from a Judeo-Christian worldview with rules of engagement, restrictions on what can and cannot be done when confronting an enemy and with the misguided idea that we can somehow placate and educate this enemy to a kinder, gentler stance. I personally feel that when someone wants you dead as a part of his pact with his deity and feels it his sacred duty to kill you, trying to make nice with him might not be the answer.
The purpose of this post is not to simply restate that which should already be abundantly clear, that we are faced with an enemy who will never submit to rules or any form of reason. The question facing us now is how far are we willing to go to achieve victory?
Are we willing to abandon the principles that have forever guided our culture in order to bring the battle to this enemy on his own terms? President Harry S Truman was faced with a similar question when he ordered the Enola Gay to fly over Hiroshima. In the final analysis this was the decision of one man, made to end a bloody conflict and save millions of lives in the process. He did not ask anyone else to make the decision for him nor did he involve the public at large.
What we now face will require a decision, by pretty near all of western civilization, to act contrary to our core beliefs. This enemy will not be folding his tents and going away. If we don’t confront him in a meaningful way, a way to which he will succumb, we are lost.
The question is what will it cost us in terms of who we are if we begin to value the enemy as he values us?
There is always merit in holding the moral high ground but in this instance I greatly fear that the moral high ground will be soaked with our blood.
Thank you for reading.