October 15, 2004

The Therapeutic Mind

Good one today from VDH:

.... To all you of the therapeutic mindset, listen up. We can no more reason with the Islamic fascists than we could sympathize with the Nazis' demands over supposedly exploited Germans in Czechoslovakia or the problem of Tojo's Japan's not getting its timely scrap-metal shipments from Roosevelt's America. Their pouts and gripes are not intended to be adjudicated as much as to weaken the resolve of many in the United States who find the entire "war against terror" too big, or the wrong kind, of a nuisance.

Instead, read the fatwas. You hear not just of America's injustice in Palestine or Chechnya not to mention nothing about saving Kuwait, Bosnia, Kosovo or Afghanistan of the 1980s but also of what we did in Spain in the 15th century and in Tyre, Gaza, and Jerusalem in the 12th. The mystery of September 11, 2001, is not that it happened, but that it did not quite happen when first tried in 1993 during Bill Clinton's madcap efforts to move a smiling Arafat into the Lincoln Bedroom and keep our hands off bin Laden. Only an American with a JD or PhD would cling to the idea that there was not a connection between Group A Middle Eastern terrorists who attacked the WTC in 1993 and Group B who finished the job in 2001.

Posted by Ithildin at October 15, 2004 9:08 AM | PROCURE FINE OLD WORLD ABSINTHE

Ok, I --almost-- have a PhD (May, hopefully) and I certinly don't believe that.

Sad though, that many well-educated people have lost the ability to think.

Posted by: caltechgirl at October 15, 2004 11:28 AM

You forgot the operative word, caltechgirl:

Many supposedly well-educated people have lost the ability to think.

Posted by: Dave at October 15, 2004 12:18 PM

true enough, Dave. I did forget that part :)

Posted by: caltechgirl at October 15, 2004 12:50 PM

Having a JD I think I resent the insult. I am fully capable of thinking and can clearly connect the dots from Group A to Group B. Not to mention note a major issue with the Fatwas (if true)- the United States of America did not exist in the 15th century (aka 1400's).

Maybe we need to send the Mullahs to school?

Posted by: Roberta at October 15, 2004 1:12 PM

I believe he means "we" as in the West/Christians etc... which the Islamofacists lump all together with the US.

Victor Davis Hanson (bio here) is a degreed sort of guy himself and isn't saying everyone who has a degree is this way. I only excerpted a portion of a much longer essay, which gives the entire context of the little bit I included. He's talking about a large portion of the leftist elite.

(Did I miss something?) (because I'm beginning to feel like I read an entirely different article)

Posted by: Ith at October 15, 2004 1:28 PM

no you didn't miss anything, it's just that most of us are hyperreactive to guilt by association :)

VDH rocks.

Posted by: caltechgirl at October 15, 2004 2:28 PM

ctg, thank you for the explanation! I was terribly befuddled :)

Posted by: Ith at October 15, 2004 3:48 PM

Well, I have a JD, too, and I don't mind the implication at all: I don't take VDH's statement as a personal attack, since 1) it's completely true and 2) he never said ALL people with law degrees or doctorates would believe that way.

Posted by: Dave J at October 15, 2004 6:56 PM