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Friday, July 22, 2005

Suicide Dudders

Malkin echoed my exact thoughts. I woke up groggily after falling asleep in front of the TV. For a second I wondered if there was so little news that the networks were forced to start airing repeats. But no it was yet another attack against civilization.


It looks like the London terrorists just went ahead and proved what failures and losers they are. This was deffinately their B team, but it's no surprise since the attrition among the A-team Homicide Bombers is 100%. In the end these Jihadists need a big L tattooed on their forhead. Thankfully lives were saved due to their incompetence.


Yet the entire plan of Suicide bombing is a dud. If nations don't capitulate in the face of true terror bombings, like those in WWII, how are a few isolated bombs going to work. The totally random buzz-bomb attacks against london, were a total failure. Dresden was firebombed as well as tokyo, yet we observed no loss in the will to continue the fight. Even the atomic bombs of Hirosima and Nagisaki, might not have been effective if the military takeover had not been stopped on the eve of the surrender. Spain so far is the only success story. In the end the terrorists are trying to get us to defeat ourselves.


There is speculation that this is a blood feud and not a war. Lee Harris writes an interesting and thought provoking article.
In the blood feud, the orientation is not to the future, as in war, but to the past. In the feud you are avenging yourself on your enemy for something that he did in the past. Al Qaeda justified the attack on New York and Washington as revenge against the USA for having defiled the sacred soil of Saudi Arabia by its military presence during the First Gulf War. In the attack on London, the English were being punished for their involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan.



If this is a blood feud, this could go on for a long time. However if they are really trying to "count coup" against us, then even if we pull out of Iraq and the entire middle east it won't keep us safe. The whole struggle is one of us against them. In a blood feud, we have been labeled as an enemy that must be destroyed regardless. So as long as the terrorists consider us an enemy we can't quit, since they won't quit. This entire situation goes back further then Iraq as the Anchoress reminds us. Iraq is just the latest escuse, and if that went away the blood feud mentality would compel the terrorists to search for another reason.


There is no reasoning with such a mentality. There can be no compromise, as the blood feud mentality is an all or nothing thing. Even if we agreed to become Muslim and accept Sharia law, and force all the women in the world to wear burkas it wouldn't stop. The terrorists attack and kill other Muslims. If we give them money it wouldn't stop them, remember Bin Laden is a highly educated Millionaire. The only goal of the terrorists is the spilled blood of their enemies, nothing more and nothing less. In the end all the terrorists are duds.

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