Thursday, October 21, 2004

Another Leftist for Bush

Some of them do get it, including Nelson Ascher, a militant atheist and secularist:

An attack that manages to ground all US and most of the world’s air traffic and close down the stock markets around the planet is something qualitatively different from a bomb in an Ulster pub. Human life is fragile, so is democracy, the world economy, globalization etc. The US can absorb U$ 1 trillion in damages. The rest of the world cannot. The US can survive a nuke in Manhattan. Brazil can survive a nuke in Sao Paulo. But Brazil cannot survive a nuke in Manhattan. What most of the world’s anti-Americans fail to understand is that whatever harms deeply the US harms us even more. Were Africa to suddenly disappear, it wouldn’t make much of a change in the life of New Yorkers. Were NY to disappear, Africa would go along.

So, this is what I have to say for those who think that Americans have overreacted to 9/11. Actually they have under-reacted. One more attack on America and Latin America will be condemned to a further hundred years of solitude and misery.

There are around 200 countries in the world today. Think that every floor of each WTC tower was one of them. The richest were those closer to the ground, the poorest the highest ones. If the base crumbles, the hundredth floor is unable to stand alone in thin air. Besides, the closer people were to the ground, the safer they were. The whole world is the WTC and those who inhabit its higher floors want to see the building collapse. That’s as clever as setting fire to the floor below your own.

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Seeing such rationality on the left is not common, as the all-subsuming force of Bush hatred generally obliterates all but the most morally relativist thoughts—the facile Bush/Hitler comparisons being the most common and ready example. Nevertheless, there are a growing number of these true leftists becoming increasingly disillusioned with the “blame America” mantra, just as the true leftists once repudiated communism after witnessing it’s grinding de-individualization and de-humanization.

The sad thing is the many that are still willing to tacitly support the enemy, to become “fellow-travelers with fascism” as Christopher Hitchens put it. The bourgeois guilt that many feel in the socialist countries of Europe in relation to the less developed and oppressed of the world, leads them to exculpate themselves by automatically targeting the hegemonic USA. The rich are evil by default in their Marxist ideology, and America is the richest among the rich.

The decadent pacifists in Europe are quite willing to set fire to the floor below them to spite America. Robert “Thank you sir, may I have another” Fisk, symbolic of the anti-American, anti-Western Euroleftist, after being beaten by a Muslim mob in Afghanistan, said, “If I had been them, I would have attacked me.”

He thus legitimated the irrational, anti-civilization behaviors of our enemy simply because he cannot stand the liberal Western culture that has given him so much. His guilt at being privileged has lapsed into self-loathing; of course I deserved to be beaten, look at how much I have benefited from simple accident of birth, whereas these poor Arabs are condemned to the squalor and filth of the third world.

And yet he opposes the attempt to bring democracy and prosperity to the Middle East, vis a vis Iraq and Afghanistan. Why? Simply because of the presence of America in this endeavor, the universal corrupter. The mere touch of this Imperialist, bloodstained hegemon makes Fisk wish for the destruction of the floors below him, even at the expense of his own wellbeing. No; especially at the expense of his own wellbeing. He deserves to be humbled by the forces of unreason and nihilism, along with the rest of Western civilization.

Sigh, how depressing it is to dwell upon the enervating parasite of European pacifism, lassitude and moral relativism.

But wait, what’s this? Yeah, that’s the ticket!

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