07/31/2006: I don’t always agree with Vox Day. Unlike Vox, I consider myself very supportive of our current military efforts while objecting to the larger Bush-Condi-Rummy-Wolfie vision of exporting democracy to every living creature.
However, I’d say Vox nailed this one.
While I disagree with Vox over our military efforts, the fight against Islammunism is more than a military one–it is cultural and ideological and we cannot win while assuming a secularist framework.
After all, a purely secular framework is devoid of the moral clarity necessary to win this fight.
Vox, however, provides a set of truths that are inescapable, and must be understood in this fight:
1. Democracy does not reduce radicalism or inhibit religion.
If you have a Jihadist/Islammunist populace controlled by a dictator, and you allow them democracy, you will be left with a freely-elected Islammunist regime. Carter proved this when he undermined the Shah and serenaded the Ayatollah Khomeini–who was VERY popular at the time–into Iran. Khomeini, in turn, gave us Hezbollah.
2. Exposure to Western culture does not eliminate radicalism. Even complete immersion in it does not guarantee its elimination.
All 19 September 11 hijackers had such exposure; that didn’t stop them. Similarly, every flower child of the 1960s–all of whom grew up in postwar, Capitalist America–revolted against Western civilization. Almost every American university is a rat’s nest of anti-West radicalism.
3. Western shock and awe cannot impose permanant defeat upon an Eastern culture of retreat and regroup.
I’d go one step further: no “victory” (short of the Second Coming) is permanent. That is why the price of freedom is eternal vigilance. We beat the Brits in 1783, but now face a more insidious enemy 230 years later: a behemoth federal government bolstered by neo-communists on both the left and right.
4. Technological proliferation is inevitable. This includes nuclear weapons.
We must face reality: sovereign nations will pursue high-tech weapons. The nuclear genie has been out of the bottle for over 60 years. Anyone who thinks it is realistic policy to decide which nations can pursue these weapons is not being rational. As long as we communicate the responsibility and gravity of being in the nuclear club, we can ensure that sovereign nations will pursue the weaponry without threatening America–or her allies–with such weapons.
5. Internal dissension, not external force, ends offensive expansion.
That is how we beat back the Brits; that is how Nicaragua beat back the Sandinistas; that is how Communism crumbled in Poland and the East.
In this fight against Islammunism, I am less concerned with our military capacity–it is impressive and capable of delivering military victory–but more concerned with our spiritual/ideological underpinning.
When our society lacks the capacity to call evil what it is–and secularism, the de facto framework our society has embraced, lacks that capacity–we are not in a position to truly stem the spread of Islammunism.
Reagan earned nothing but derision from our intelligentsia when he called the Soviet Union “the evil empire”, but we won that war because Americans had the moral/ideological/spiritual clarity to see that truth. However, I remain unconvinced that Americans–even Christians–understand the gravity of the struggle we are facing today.
We’re winning on the military end; however, military victories are fleeting. The real fight is right here on our soil–and not necessarily military in nature–and whether we are prepared to fight it remains to be seen.