We have become used to the type of slaughter that occurred March 22 in London. We grimly shrug when our fellow Americans are gunned down wholesale at a nightclub in Orlando or when office employees are wiped out in San Bernardino. Our souls are penetrated by the sound on the radio of a scream of a young girl at an airport in Brussels. We are thankful that we were not there. A little calculator goes off in our heads working the odds of whether we or our loved one might become the next person to by the farm. We stand by as these sickening acts of perversion and hate, driven by an incomprehensible rage, break out like clockwork across the firmament like bedsores.
Our leaders respond with bland lectures that subtly shift the blame for this new phenomenon to us. We are at fault because we are too successful or because we are intolerant. They forbid us to identify the beliefs and motives of the killers, or to view such killings as systematic as opposed to carried out by lone wolves. They threaten to call us names and smear our reputations if we allow ourselves to think out loud. Indeed, no major publisher with any integrity in America, as the term is now defined, would publish the truth about these killers. Meanwhile, the killers publicly and boastfully identify themselves and proudly declare their motives.
The phenomenon is worse than Nazism and Communism. The Nazis tried to hide their monstrous crimes because they had at least some scruples, some shreds of humanity clanking around in their sick skulls that told them that what they were doing was wrong. The Communists wrapped their atrocities, mass starvations, killing fields, as grim but necessary in a great march toward a sunlit utopian future. They not only tried to hide their crimes, usually from themselves, but they projected their crimes onto their opponents. As the old communist saying goes: You’ve got to crack a few eggs to make an omelet.
The enemy now is worse, and is potentially more deadly, because they declare their atrocities as a virtue and they site their crimes as a command in their doctrine which they claim is divine. They follow commands that order them to kill specific groups of people, groups that are walking the earth today. They believe that they are commanded, essentially, to kill anyone who does not submit to their will. This is the barest form of intolerance for the so-called other.
When General Ulysses S. Grant called for the “unconditional surrender” of rebel forces, he drew a moral contrast between the Union and the rebellion and this marked the true beginning of the end of the Civil War. This was likewise the case when President Franklin D. Roosevelt, echoing Grant, called for the unconditional surrender of the Nazis. President Ronald Reagan, by identifying the Soviet Union as the “evil empire” likewise contrasted their immoral society with our superior one and this led to their collapse without firing a shot.
We need the same courage and clear thinking today. We must unabashedly contrast our superior civilization with that of an enemy that is killing us and that seeks to destroy us. We must study their doctrines and read them back to them publicly so that we have a clear eye regarding exactly what we are up against. We must maintain a big tent that welcomes all peoples and nations who want to join our effort to defend ourselves against evil. If we fail to do this, if we get used to the terror in our midst, then we are doomed.
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