Read this today. Seems to make a lot of sense. I'm not too sure why but every generation seems to produce an idealistic misguided lot. 700 years ago, the Christians were busy sending hordes of its soldiers down to the Holy Land to kill Muslims and Jews. But wait... duh... didn't Christ tell you to love your enemy?
Then to make matters worse the stupid Crusaders invade Constantinople- the Great mighty Christian city and sack it TWICE. Thus enabling the Ottoman Turks to invade the city and conquer it killing, raping and enslaving all of its inhabitants- and turning it into Istanbul- and reversing 1000 years of Christian rule. You can imagine the Christians in the affected lands living back then- reading the Book of Revelation and going "Ooooohhh crap."
Good going Christian Crusaders! Score a own goal twice. Mind you, the Christians back then were also busy fighting amongst themselves too much to notice the Mongol Army Horde screaming down from the East- butchering everything in sight. By some miracle, the Mongols turned back because their leader got so pissed drunk on vodhka that he had a heart attack and died. Remember that the next time you drink a Lemon Ruski.
Wait let's talk about our grandparent's generation. Unfortunately, they were saddled with leaders who thought that talking with a bully would solve everything. Talk it thru, reason with him, yeah that would work! And so Hitler managed to score the whole of Europe until half of his goose-stepping army died in Russia from frostbite.
So now most of the Western world has ditched Christianity. As the saying goes- If you don't believe in God- you'll believe in anything. Seems that most people have a Star Trekie view of the world- ie that all cultures are equal - except for Christian culture which is so passe. Anyhow read on: From James Lelik.
Self-Loathing and the Denial of Terrorism
BY JAMES LILEKS
c.2006 Newhouse News Service
You're an enlightened world citizen. Your T-shirt says "9/11 was an inside job." You're pretty sure we're living in a fascist state, that President Bush taps the Dixie Chicks' phones, Christian abortion clinic bombers outnumber jihadis, and the war on "terror" is a distraction from the real threats: carbon emissions and Pat Robertson. Then you learn that 17 people were arrested in a terrorist bomb plot. How do you process the information? Let's take it step by step.
Gosh, that's horrible, you think. But no -- that's what they WANT you to feel. Recall the prime directive: Question Authority (unless he's a college professor). The plotters must have been impoverished olive farmers radicalized by the removal of Saddam Hussein. Why, if someone came in and toppled your president, you'd go to their country and ... well, you'd thank them. Unless they did it for the wrong reasons! Then you'd blow something up. Like an SUV dealership. At night. Anyway, you understand; you care a lot about Iraqis these days. You think about Iraq more than China, to be honest, but it's not as if you'll scrape off your "Free Tibet" bumper sticker -- unless it's to make room for "Free Darfur." Or "Hands Off Darfur," depending.
Wait a minute: The "terrorists" were Canadian? You can understand someone blowing up trains in Spain and London. They sent troops to an illegal war cooked up by neocons who want to kill brown people for Exxon and Jesus, or something. You can understand, reluctantly, blowing up teens in an Israeli pizza parlor, because the Jews took the West Bank from the sovereign, ancient nation of Palestine. (How can a liberal socialist country behave so poorly? The world is full of mysteries.) But Canada? Isn't Michael Moore from Canada? You can get medical marijuana from married gay doctors in Canada, and no one has guns. You console yourself: Maybe they were really planning to attack the U.S.
You realize the suspects were all Muslim, and you dread the inevitable pogroms. Haven't been any yet, but any day now. You read that a mosque was vandalized in Toronto after the arrest, and you feel a certain grim relief. Finally, racism! Banners. If you're going to have a march, you'll need banners.
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