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History begins to repeat itself

In a piece that hits some pretty important points, Victor Davis Hanson concludes:

In truth, the world has dropped its vigilance since 9/11; Western populations are exhausted by economic hard times and acrimony over the wars in Iraq, Libya, and Afghanistan. The charge of Islamaphobia means that Western societies have trouble confronting radical Islamists in their midst, like Major Hasan, the Tsarnaev Boston Marathon bombers, and throngs of virulently anti-Semitic Muslim immigrants in Europe. The United Nations is about as useful as was the League of Nations during the rise of fascism. As in the case of the rise of the Nazis, we naively write off the savagery of ISIS as having no place in our century, as if brutality is always premodern rather than enhanced by postmodern technology. Neo-isolationism and appeasement have swept the West and have eroded the national will to confront radical Islam in the manner of the last 1930s—with all the familiar scapegoating of the Jews and “war-mongers.”

Make sure to read the whole thing.

Meanwhile, right here at QandO we’ve had to suffer through the brainless rantings of those who claim that such brutality has no place in this century. Of course and as usual, reality bitch slaps that nonsense to death. Quite simply, brutality and inhumanity have never confined themselves to man-made centuries and any thinking person would know that.  Actually any person with the IQ of a persimmon knows that.

However, we’re caught in a postmodern web of our own making – spun by such concepts as “multi-culturalism” and its hand-maidens, “political correctness” and the grievance industry. The left has done a fine job in helping us handcuff ourselves at a crucial time in our history. We’re now afraid to confront that which is a threat to our existence for fear of … what? Offending the gods of multi-culturalism who dictate that all cultures are of value and equal? Of being politically incorrect when we correctly identify the threat as an extremist form of a religious death cult? My goodness, we might be called “Islamaphobes”. Of not being “tolerant”. Well I’m not tolerant of ignorant religious zealots who have declared their intention to kill me and my kind. Live with it.

Nor am I tolerant of those who would cosset them, excuse them or otherwise play down who and what they are. Instead they need to be exterminated, just like any infestation of vermin you might discover that threatens your life.

Minor rant aside, Hanson’s point is important. The threat is new in name only and the West is acting just as it did when its own home-grown version in Germany began its horrific rise. However there’s a huge difference, at least as I see it. The Nazis didn’t infiltrate other cultures before they attempted their conquest. This insidious enemy has. As Hanson points out Europe has allowed “throngs of virulently anti-Semitic Muslim immigrants” and has, in many places, all but lost control.

So what does that portend, and how does the West address it … if it will address it? Meanwhile, in the US, we have no idea of who or what what the throngs of illegal immigrants bring to this country. Our government refuses to enforce our immigration laws or secure our borders. Because? Because borders, apparently, have no place in the 21st century … or something.

The threat is real as is the seeming choice of the West to repeat the mistakes of the 20th century. All in the name of a failed ideology and an unwillingness to deal with reality in a way which ensures both the safety and survival of its citizens.

The West’s actions might “offend” somebody, and we know that is the worst offense known to man in this day and age, isn’t it?


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22 Responses to History begins to repeat itself

  • History is repeating right now…..Pres. getting us involved in never-ending war in the middle east. YAY!

    • No reason to think it can possibly require more than 120 years, around three generation’s time–and the end of the first generation seeing our intervention. It may well take only 20 years.

      Depends on how true we are to our own best precepts–means no Democrats in influence for quite a while.

  • Also in the 1930s the Germans hadn’t been allied to the USA for the past 81 years and counting. Saudi Arabia has been and will continue to be the primary ally of the USA in the middle east, until the oil runs out in 2060-ish.

    • Saudi Arabia is hardly an ally. At ANY level.

      They’re as much an ally as the USSR was to the US in WWII.

  • Western populations are exhausted by economic hard times and acrimony over the wars in Iraq, Libya, and Afghanistan.

    You don’t say! That’s hilarious! They vote themselves into socialism for a century, thinking they can live out of someone else’s wallet, and it FAILS, FAILS, FAILS…and they never learn. Europe has taken the easy way out, and rode their welfare state into the toilet and they’re exhausted? Well, boobskas, just wait a wee bit.

  • Our government refuses to enforce our immigration laws or secure our borders. Because? Because borders, apparently, have no place in the 21st century … or something.

    “If you don’t have borders, you don’t have a sovereign nation.” — Thomas Sowell

    A nation with an attention span measured in minutes, and time horizons measured in weeks is bound for the scrapheap. Rapidly.

  • “The Nazis didn’t infiltrate other cultures before they attempted their conquest. This insidious enemy has.”

    Wrong, wrong, wrong. While Sweden did no fall to a quisling traitor, Norway did. France lived compromised under half Nazis occupation and half deference; Spain was a military proving ground for Germany prior to the war. There was much Nazis envy and emulation in Austria and even Czechoslovakia and Hungary, and even Croatia participated in Nazis genocide.

    There were many fascist admirers in Britain prior to war, and even more in the halls of power throughout the FDR administration, as Jonah Goldberg makes plain in “Liberal Fascism.”

    The Italian fascist virus was deeper and longer lived in many ways, save for their hostility to genocide.

    In short, the infusion of politically toxic evil then was less a function of immigration and more a matter of political class and class conscious envy. It’s easier to see it, now.

    What’s equally scary, however, is the academic and media class’ glib disingenuousness about Islam – they cannot see criticism and judgement of Jihadism as anything except Islamophobia and racism.

    • Not all conquest is militaristic. Infiltration implies some below radar aspect and subversion. Much of what you enumerated was overt, coercive (non-military or threat of military) and/or the Nazis connecting with already like minded elements.

    • I seem to remember stories of NAZI rallies attended by tens of thousands held in New York’s Maddison Square Gardens in the late 1930’s.
      Fortunes were made on WWII, (just like WWI) and again bankers (Bush, the eldest) funded both sides of the conflict.
      It did pull us out of the Great Depression, but at what cost?
      What does that tell us about the structure of society?
      Our we forever dependent on war to refuel our economics?

  • Well, I didn’t watch it, and I’m glad. I have read enough of it to know that Pres. ScamWOW’s big “stratergery” speech was even less than expected.

    ISIS is NOT Islamic. And you can keep your doctor.

    We will CONTINUE stuff. It isn’t working and CAN’T work. But we are firm in our resolve.

    It was exactly what you’d expect from someone who has no REAL concept of America, or human nature, of the reality of war, or leadership. The very model of a post-modern major general.

    • And within the last couple weeks he specifically told us we weren’t at war with ISIS.

      There isn’t a depth to his cluelessness.

      • And Turkey says “not from our airbases”.
        does this Administration understand the idea of asking ahead of time?
        More imperial thinking.

    • And NOW…Britian and Germany decline to participate in Phase ONE of the pragmatic plan to form a coalition of forces performing air strikes in Syria.
      If feet were hours then the cart got about 13 feet before the wheels came off.
      Brilliant! Well planned Barack!
      Way to KNOW you’ve got a coalition behind you before you make a speech and a fool of yourself Mr. Emperor!
      Talk about being the southend of a northbound donkey.

  • While I think the comparison to Nazi is good, I think ISIS is more like the Imperial Japanese. Right down to the lopping off of heads as a terror tactic.

  • i did predict this happening, all the way back in January of 2009.

  • Mr. Hanson has posited many times that througout history democracies tire of war relatively quickly.
    Hence the need/development that democracies tend to use overwheliming violence and full scale war making capabilities (ie democracies don’t differentiate between the enemy army and the populace that supports that Army).

    I would say these are lessons we have forgotten/ignored in our constant refrain of ‘we’re not at war with you, we’re at war with X leader/movement’ as we try to make war as precise as we can (read that collateral damage).

    In fact, we’ve reached a point (see Israelis in GAZA as the latest example) that any collateral damage is unforgiveable. The mere concept of collateral damage is, in itself, a reflection of this tendancy.

    We have ignored the lessons of Harris, LeMay and Sherman where whole populations knew they were defeated and chose not to lend any future support/provide the infrastructure because they did not want to repeat their experiences.

  • I read a piece by Hanson a few days ago where he talked about Sheridan as being a very selective razor. He did not just scorch the earth, but went particularly after those who fostered the “Southern cavalier” ideal, leaving most property alone. He compared that carefully with the Israeli actions in Gaza.

    Thought that an interesting insight.