|Veil of confusion|
There are some aspects of human nature which one cannot condone, but nor
can one easily condemn. The criminal, for instance who, when
cornered by police, chooses to try to shoot his way out instead of facing certain
execution, is actually exercising self defense. The events which led to his
situation may be totally his fault, but his behavior when cornered is simply a
normal human reaction. All animals will defend themselves when faced with
Likewise Iraqis who want
the Americans out of their
country at all costs are behaving in a pretty understandable way. Ask the
average American redneck what they would do if Iraq decided to liberate the US
from an abusive and corrupt government, and their reactions would be little
different. Even the democrats who holler that democracy was stolen from
them in the Florida ballot fiasco would suddenly find themselves in bed with
the rednecks. And how would the average Australian True Believer react to
the Indonesians liberating them from a Prime Minister who lies about everything
from Children overboard to new taxes?
The Iraqi Internet executions are a little hard to stomach, but they serve
to blur (or perhaps sharpen?) the boundaries between good and evil - justified defense, natural
behavior, and outright atrocity.
But the situation gets downright confusing when the French are thrown in the
mix. The French - Saddam's best mates, and shameless capitalizers of Iraqi dictatorship, and
would-be capitalizers of a liberated Iraq, are now being targeted too.
Two French hostages seem to be about to be beheaded - unless the French government rescinds its
decision to ban Arab headscarves in public schools.
How quickly the goal has moved from keeping control of their own country,
to gaining control of another. It is no longer enough to repel the infidel from
their holy land - they have to protect Islamic culture in countries their
Islamic brethren have migrated to. Allah's will, it seems, is truly universal.
Maybe the French are learning of the folly of trying to appease radical
Islam. And maybe with an 5% Muslim population, it is already too late.
And maybe the Religion of
Peace could adopt a new mantra:
Our land is our land. By the way, so is yours.