Saturday, August 05, 2006
In Search of Spine
"And finally examine here at home reaction to Hezbollah — which has butchered Americans in
Lebanonand — from a prominent Democratic Congressman, John Dingell: “I don’t take sides for or against Hezbollah.” And isn’t that the point, after all: the amoral Westerner cannot exercise moral judgment because he no longer has any?" Saudi Arabia
"It is now a cliché to rant about the spread of postmodernism, cultural relativism, utopian pacifism, and moral equivalence among the affluent and leisured societies of the West. But we are seeing the insidious wages of such pernicious theories as they filter down from our media, universities, and government — and never more so than in the general public’s nonchalance since Hezbollah attacked
I propose that fighting the war on Islamic fascism requires calling right "right" and wrong "wrong". The ruling class desperately needs a clearly understood and exercised biblical worldview to understand the threat in its variegated forms and formulate the proper response (be it spiritual, theological, political, media, economic, diplomatic and/or military).
But where can such men and women be found?
You can look the term up yourself. Fascist dictatorships have been a relatively common form of government during last century. Fascist states are always ruled by a single military dictator who derives power from the elite class and/or party of the country. Complete and highly centralized power is critical. Civil rights are never a concern. Rule of law is never part of the culture.
Nationalism, control of financial systems and manufacturing are usually an important part of the mix. They are almost always military dictatorships. Ethnicity is important and low tolerance for minorities is common. Extreme ambition in the name of nationalism and national security is the usual theme.
A biblical worldview is not the answer to the world’s problems. Our difficulty understanding other cultures is. Our current administration seems determined to use conventional warfare to solve what are primarily political problems. Intolerance and fear of other cultures is the enemy in the United States. Our refusal to secure our own country for fear of a financial impact on multinational companies is the enemy. Our refusal to conserve energy is the enemy. A focus on the needs of the citizens of this country first and big business later is part of the answer. Big business and a very narrow view of morality is our focus. Beliefs never facts drive decision making in this country.
I think John Dingell did call wrong "wrong" when he condemned the violence employed by Hezbollah. And he also chose to go beyond the incredibly unuseful stance of "Well they started it", and work toward resolution.
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