TERRORISM AND LIBERALISM
I have two websites for your perusal.
The first is a very slick, Islamist, pro-terrorism, anti-American website Jihad Unspun ( hat tip Jihad Watch). Jihad Unspun’s content makes al Jazeera look like Fox news without sacrificing a clear psychological understanding of a Western, predominantly American, audience. It’s the Enemy as the Enemy wishes you to see him through the Enemy’s own eyes. It also shows the intellectual fusion of the ideas of the secular, radical Left and Islamist thought as the Islamists are borrowing critiques and slogans to buttress their propaganda.
On the positive side, I offer Liberals Against Terrorism, a new wiki project by Praktike of the chez Nadezhda blog. I see this as a very positive development despite not being particularly liberal and hailing from a quasi-neocon/semi-libertarian zone of conservatism.
The country is ill-served by having one of it’s two major political parties in a time of war being dominated by fools who spend a vast amount of energy denying the need to fight the enemy and rationalizing his acts of terror. The evil of Islamist terrorism, the inimical nature of its political program in terms of an open society and American interests would not have been disputed by FDR, Harry Truman, JFK , Hubert Humphrey or most other Democratic politicians who preceded the anti-war, anti-establishment, ” Watergate Baby” Congressional class of 1974 – in fact I think those men would have been in the forefront of America’s defense.
The unrealism of the Democratic Party on foreign policy, defense and intelligence matters has been good for the electoral prospects of Republicans and for Conservatism generally but bad for the country. At some point, the Democrats will return to power and I’d much rather have them do so as part of a consensus ” Vital Center ” on national security than as ” the Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party” on an anti-war, anti-CIA jihad. I wish Praktike and his friends well in their efforts.