Memory is a funny thing. At least, mine is. I can seldom explain why it's tossed some particular bit from the sub-basements of my life at me for a fresh perusal.
Today it's an old episode of Star Trek: "A Taste Of Armageddon." First season, I believe. The episode was about two worlds that had been at war for many generations, and had "civilized" the war by ceasing to use real weapons. Instead, the attacker would use some sort of detectable simulation of an attack; computers on both worlds would assess the effectiveness of the "attack;" and some number of citizens of the defender would be hustled into disintegration chambers -- real ones. Thus, "war" was made neat and non-destructive. At the conclusion of an "attack," all the buildings on both sides were still standing, and all the real estate unmarred. Only people were lost: men and women selected by the tactical computers to be the casualties of the "attack."
The intrepid Captain Kirk puts an end to this madness, of course; never mind his means. Councilman Anan, the leading figure of Eminar, the world the Enterprise has visited, pleads with him to let them continue, arguing that the arrangement is surely better than the horror and destruction of a real war. "We're killers," he says, implying that Mankind's destiny is to take lives, making an antiseptic arrangement like the one he and his enemies have established the best anyone could hope for. "Yes, we're killers," Kirk replies. "We're human beings with the blood of a million savage years on our hands, but we can stop it. We can admit that we're killers, but we're not going to kill, today. That's all it takes. Knowing that we won't kill, today."
Yes, we're killers. For a race of killers, the path of maturation can only be this: to learn, by painful trial and devastating error, when it's time to kill, and when to stay our hands...and when it's time to kill, on whom we should train our sights.
Few incidents have illustrated the irredeemable nature of the Islamic world half as well as the recent attacks on American embassies in Cairo and Benghazi. The Obama Administration's nonsense about it having nothing to do with America or American policies has no bearing on the essential savagery displayed. Only savages react to one man's words with violence against others. Only savages drag the dead bodies of murdered innocents through the streets, capering and crowing about their "triumph." Only savages are "governed," if the word applies, by men who implicitly excuse such behavior by calling for the punishment of the uninvolved.
Nor were these events unprecedented. Recall that the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, whose regime had displaced that of Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, endorsed the seizure of our embassy and our personnel, and injected his "government" into the "negotiations" for their release. (That release finally occurred on the day Ronald Reagan was inaugurated president. I wonder why?)
Wherever they've possessed the means and the opportunity, Muslims have behaved as savages against whatever "infidels" were ready to hand. Indeed, there's no place on Earth that "boasts" a non-trivial concentration of Muslims where non-Muslims can feel entirely safe. That includes the various Muslim concentration points in this country and the other nations of the West.
If you think this is merely a coincidence, I have a bridge I'd like to sell you.
The pseudo-religion of Islam literally exhorts Muslims to this sort of behavior. There are dozens of verses in the Qur'an, the Sunnah, and the ahadith that teach Muslims to distrust the "infidel," to wield deceit and dissimulation against him, and to make use of "the sword" in advancing Islam wherever and whenever it's practical. The only serious differences Muslim authorities have over these doctrines are about when the conditions are right for their implementation. Consider these statements of the matter:
"Islam says: Whatever good there is exists thanks to the sword and in the shadow of the sword! People cannot be made obedient except with the sword! The sword is the key to Paradise, which can be opened only for Holy Warriors! These are hundreds of other psalms and Hadiths urging Muslims to value war and to fight. Does all that mean that Islam is a religion that prevents men from waging war? I spit upon those foolish souls who make such a claim." -- Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini
"The minarets are our bayonets; the domes are our helmets. Mosques are our barracks, the believers are soldiers. This holy army guards my religion. Almighty Our journey is our destiny, the end is martyrdom." -- Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Qur'an, Sura 9:73: "O Prophet! Struggle against the unbelievers and hypocrites and be harsh with them."
Qur'an, Sura 9:5: "But when the forbidden months are past, then fight and slay the Pagans wherever ye find them, and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem..."
Qur'an, Sura 9:29: "Fight those who do not believe in Allah, nor in the latter day, nor do they prohibit what Allah and His Apostle have prohibited, nor follow the religion of truth, of the people of the Book, until they pay the jizya with willing submission and feel themselves subdued."
Savage dictates well tuned to the impulses and inclinations of a savage people.
Our political "leadership" has gone from foolishness to treason:
The Obama administration is weighing the release of blind Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman — the spiritual adviser to the 1993 World Trade Center bombers — in a stunning goodwill gesture toward Egypt that has touched off a political firestorm, officials said yesterday.
The Egyptian government “asked for his release,” an administration source told The Post — and Rep. Peter King (R-LI) confirmed the request is being considered.
The White House, State Department and Justice Department each issued statements denying any deal is in the works, but, “There’s no way to believe anything they say,” said Andrew McCarthy, the former assistant US attorney who prosecuted Abdel-Rahman. “I believe there may already be a nod-and-wink agreement in place.”
This is another step in the direction, not of peace, but of all-out war. Obama and his lieutenants will not command the federal government or American foreign policy forever. The release of Abdel-Rahman would both inflame domestic opinion and invigorate the jihadist movement in the Middle East. The tempo and savagery of Islamic violence would intensify, and American targets would be among the most prominent. More and more Americans would reflect on what it's in our power to do, and would ask one another why we haven't done it.
"You cannot do wrong without suffering wrong," wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson. Wrongdoing evokes demands for justice. Justice denied evokes cries for vengeance. The miracle of the moment is that those cries haven't become deafening already.
This morning, the esteemed Mark Alger declaims thus:
ONE OF THE MOST WITLESS questions asked of we who urge a quick ripping off of the bandage, a short, sharp shock, a decisive, sudden, and — one might say — final solution to the problem of What do We Do About Islam is, “Do you want to kill a billion Muslims?”
Well, no. But the point should be made in response that it probably won’t take that many.
Possibly it wouldn't. Probably? I hesitate to use the word, especially given the ferocity Islam has demonstrated since September 11, 2001. Of only one thing am I certain: If all the Muslims on Earth were simultaneously put to death, Islamic violence against "the infidel" would come to a halt.
This is not a nice direction in which to send one's thoughts. But recent events have more and more people thinking along these lines.
Civilized people. Americans.
The world has allowed itself to forget just how bloody-handed we can be. Indeed, so much attention has gone to pissant little hellholes like Iran and North Korea that the recognition of our own arsenal of mass destruction has almost disappeared. Yes, that celebrated Muslim apologist Barack Hussein Obama has argued for its elimination, but for the moment he's being held at bay. The American nuclear arsenal could eliminate every major Islamic population center on Earth in a single day. Were the president to give the order, four-fifths of the world's Muslims would vanish in bursts of nuclear fire.
We're killers. We, the human race. Featherless bipeds. Trousered apes. Mankind.
It's extremely bad policy to get the most powerful 300 million of us, who've repeatedly demonstrated our skills at the bloodiest pastime, thinking that we should kill today -- that it might be time to kill en masse.
Food for thought.