|Mahem in Mumbai|
Try as they might, the followers of the Religion of Peace can't seem to
avoid controversy. Some particularly devout Allah fanboys decided to conduct
their own little Jihad in Mumbai, and kill as many Westerners as they could.
On second thoughts, maybe these ones weren't trying that hard.
Anyway, the local police followed procedure - rushing to the scene and standing
around looking for opportunities to take bribes. Unfortunately the guy in charge
got shot, and so did two of his deputies. Total chaos ensued.
But at least our
own government officials
responded appropriately. Kevin (Pixie) Rudd stood up in parliament and branded
the perpetrators as "murderers and cowards" (he was, presumably, talking about
the terrorists and not the local police). Good on ya, Kev! Here is a true leader!
Someone who will ignore several decades
relativism and call a spade a spade!
But hang on, did he say 'cowards'? Isn't a coward someone who runs
away from personal danger? These terrorists were quite prepared to die for
their beliefs. Their beliefs might be little radical (that Allah wants them to
kill as many kaffirs as
possible), but they are prepared to die for those beliefs. And that doesn't
make them cowards. Religious extremists maybe. Sadistic lunatics
probably. Murderous psychopaths definitely. But not cowards.
The coward rhetoric may sound good. And many alert-but-not-alarmed people may be comforted
by the words. But they illustrate a fundamental lack of clarity of thought,
and understanding of the enemy.
The first step in winning a war is understanding the enemy. To predict his
strategy, you must understand what he will do in a given situation. To
understand what he will do, you must understand what motivates him. The
motivation of a coward is totally different to that of the irrational religious zealot.
Of course fuzzy thinking is, and always has been, the choice weapon for the
lovers of bigger government. The Pixie
is merely continuing the tradition. The idea that higher minimum wages will create jobs, or that a welfare
state will make us rich, or that socialism will create
equality, or that government declared wars on poverty, obesity or drugs will make us free and
Running away from personal danger might be undesirable, but running away
from reality is surely worse. What a pity there is no war against ignorance and fuzzy