How to Think About the War

Herbert E. Meyer has an article in the American Thinker about the War we are in and the political basics that sometimes are forgotten.

When we talk about politics, we usually mean Republicans versus Democrats, or liberals against conservatives, or the looming scramble among Presidential contenders for their parties’ 2008 nominations. But there’s another way to talk about politics that goes deeper, and by doing so illuminates the current conflict.

Politics is the relationship between the individual and the State. And for as long as human beings have walked the Earth, we have been struggling to get this right. We’ve tried everything. We’ve had kingdoms and empires of all sizes and flavors. We’ve had military dictatorships, and civilian dictatorships. We’ve had totalitarian states like fascism on the right, and communism on the left. We’ve had constitutional monarchies, republics and democracies.

In a sense, each of these is an operating system. […]

Every so often – in business and in politics – one operating system sets out to utterly destroy all the others. […] When one political operating system sets out to obliterate all the others, the result is a global war.

If Adolf Hitler had been content to remain within Germany’s borders, the results of the Nazi operating system would have been ghastly for the German people. But there would not have been World War II. If Lenin, Stalin and their heirs had been content to inflict communism solely within the Soviet Union’s borders, life would have been miserable for Soviet citizens. But there would not have been a Cold War.

Now, when you look at history through the prism of operating systems, you find that one operating system has triumphed above all the others: Western Civilization. Its key features are the separation of church and state, the primacy of the individual over the State, the encouragement of artistic expression and intellectual curiosity, free enterprise, and a never-ending struggle to reach equality among the races and sexes. Like all operating systems, Western Civilization has its flaws, its shortcomings and its imperfections – as will any operating system designed and run by human beings. But by any imaginable measure, Western Civilization is history’s greatest achievement.

While Western Civilization developed through the centuries, another operating system also took root. Scholars argue over just what to call this operating system, but for convenience’s sake let’s call it Radical Islam. Its key features are the combination of church and State, the submission of individuals to this combination, the discouragement of artistic expression and intellectual curiosity, the crushing of its people’s entrepreneurial talents, and the treatment of women as though they were property rather than people. Just like Western Civilization, this operating system has its flaws, its shortcomings and its imperfections. But unlike Western Civilization, Radical Islam contains a flaw that may not be correctible: it is incompatible with the modern world.

What we all learned on 9-11 is that the leaders of Radical Islam are determined to impose their operating system on us. In other words, their objective is the destruction of Western Civilization. The current conflict is our effort to prevent this from happening.

He goes on to write some very wise things. Read it all.

h/t: Pajamas 

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