by John Hawkins | February 24, 2003 9:29 pm
History Of The World 1 — George Clooney 0: Celebrity George Clooney has taken time out from his busy schedule to explain to all us “little people” why all war is pointless. Let’s see what he has to say…
“You can’t beat your enemy anymore through wars; instead you create an entire generation of people revenge-seeking. These days it only matters who’s in charge. Right now that’s us — for a while at least. Our opponents are going to resort to car bombs and suicide attacks because they have no other way to win. …I believe (Rumsfeld) thinks this is a war that can be won, but there is no such thing anymore. We can’t beat anyone anymore.”
“We can’t beat anyone anymore,” huh? I bet the Taliban, the Serbs, and the Iraqis who fought in the Gulf War must be shocked to hear that. Oh have I just been missing all the newspaper reports about Japanese Kamikaze pilots & goose stepping Nazis threatening to land to do a massive “Red Dawn” style invasion out in the Mid-West somewhere? For that matter — is Italy still being trouble by angry Carthaginians and does Greece fear the wrath of an angry Persia (Iran)? Of course not…
Unfortunately, Clooney’s ridiculous fatalism is far too common on the left these days. It’s part of that same oft-disproven “an eye for eye makes the whole world blind” philosophy that so many people on the left swallow hook line and sinker. This is why so many people on the left are completely paralyzed in the face of terrorism — they believe if they actually go after the terrorists, it’ll only cause more people to join terrorist organizations.
However, there’s a fatal flaw at the root of Clooney and his ilks assumption. It’s found within this statement, “Our opponents are going to resort to car bombs and suicide attacks because they have no other way to win.” Actually, you can’t WIN with terrorism. Blowing yourself and killing a bunch of people waiting to go home on the bus isn’t really accomplishing anything militarily. In fact, unlike the ultra-restrained Israelis (yes, I mean that), more terrorist attacks against the US are likely to produce ever more violent responses. We’ve already invaded Afghanistan, we about to invade Iraq, and if I had my way we’d be hitting Iran a week after we finished Saddam (although regrettably I see little evidence that the Bush administration is willing to go that far at present). In actuality, this willingness to commit acts of unspeakable violence against groups that attack us and nations that sponsor them is our greatest protection.
That’s because there may be a few nihilists who are willing to blow themselves up, but they’re few and far between and to judge that all terrorists share their motivations & dedication is a big mistake. Most people, even terrorists, don’t want to end up in prison for the rest of their lives or dead at a young age just so they can strike out at the United States…or anyone else for that matter. If there are all these armies of potential suicide bombers ready to give their life for a cause, how is it that all these potential revolutionaries are kept in check by the despots and Islamo-Fascists who run the show in the Middle-East?
So don’t buy the little variation on the “violence never solves anything” cliche that Clooney is selling. It’s just wishful thinking that no student of history could ever buy into…
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