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Thursday, June 08, 2006

Abu Masab al-Zarqawi and the American Left

The killing of the evil monster in Iraq, al-Zarqawi, made this a newsworthy day, so we listened once again to talk radio while shopping. After the Dubai ports fiasco, we had abandoned most of talk radio because the hosts were insanely supporting George Bush and the give-away-artists of his administration, who were ready to donate our port security to godknowswhat in the cesspool of Dubai.

The listening was fun. Knowing that this monster had been concussed into bloated eyes, lips, face, and a scrambled brain was very exciting to hear and to think about. That some 7 others went with him, all yet unidentified, sweetened the pot. The ecstacy that followed from knowing that 19 other raids followed the intelligence coup from the Zawahiri pureeing was almost too much pleasure to bear.

At this point, enter the Left. Some ditzy woman called Sean Hannity to report that she deplored the taking of any human life for any reason, so we had no reason to celebrate. Other Lefties wanted to do anything to deprive George Bush from receiving any credit. The cherry on the whipped cream, so to speak, came from the father of Nicholas Berg, who was beheaded personnally by al-Zarqawi.

Old Michael Berg, now the Green Party candidate for something in Delaware, said it all. He regretted the death of Zarqawi because he regrets the death of any human being for any reason. To him, Zarqawi's death is simply violence, which begets more violence inevitably. After launching into his standard speech about Bush killing thousands of innocents in Iraq, he then offered that Zarqawi should have received "restorative justice." Restorative justice, according to its advocates, teaches the nefarious to become sorrowful for their crimes and learn never to do them again. By the way, the Vermont judge who became infamous for letting the multiple offense, chronically recurring child rapist off with probation is a True Believer in restorative justice, which is why he let the guy off.

The responses from the Left in Congress and elsewhere over the death of Zarqawi have been tepid and qualified. "Yes, but..."

Well, let's cut to the core and explain the Left. It won't take long because it is very simple. They hate the concept of JUSTICE. They strongly prefer the concept of mercy. Justice concerns meeting out only the EARNED. Mercy concerns meeting out only that which is neither earned nor can be earned. Some Christians are big into this as well.

Meeting out the earned means quite simply conforming to the principles and truths of reality objectively. Nothing pisses off the Left quicker than reference to the objective. They live and require the subjective, where anything can be anything, based on what they want it to be. They are willing to sacrifice some, up to all, of reality to achieve some subjective state of the unearned.

Old Michael Berg will destroy life on earth before he will uphold justice. He will let live the biggest of evil monsters, because he opposes killing any human being for any reason, including the man who personally sawed off the head of his son. Michael Berg, and all his ilk, are not fit to be in human company; they live among other men only because we have a society based on rights. Such a society allows a monster like Michael Berg to exist, provided they do not physically deprive the rights of any other humans.

Michael Berg belongs to the Left, farther out on the left. But, there are Christians on the Right who believe the same things for the same reasons. Not many, thank you, but enough to make noise.

Few people have an objective conception of evil and what it earns. As a result, they keep so much evil thriving. It is a necessity in a free society that people like Michael Berg enjoy the same protection of the same rights as good people. It is an even bigger shame that while we are saving ourselves, we have to save people like him too. Better this than give up our rights and freedoms.


  • At Fri Jun 09, 07:04:00 AM PDT, Blogger John Sobieski said…

    I think the majority of Americans are beginning to see the left and the Democratic party, which it now overwhelmingly represents, as another enemy within. As for Michael Berg, I think he should go to Afghanistan or Iraq and declare his allegiance to Islam.

  • At Fri Jun 09, 08:11:00 AM PDT, Blogger Jason_Pappas said…

    There are not that many admitted pacifists but what I call implied pacifists. The “implied pacifists” tries to feign a moral equivalency between vicious evil perpetrators fighting for a theocratic fascist regime and those of us in the civilized world and fight the fascists SOBs from Hitler to Saddam to Osama. The “implied pacifists” try to talk about “killing” without the identity of the people, the context of the conflict, and the goals of each side. But you actually found explicit pacifists who verbalize what others can’t quite say without feeling foolish.

    By the way, besides the far left and some Christian pacifists, there are some anti-war libertarians who also take this stand against all retaliation unless they roll into our country with tanks. Still the far left dominates in this category.

  • At Fri Jun 09, 08:50:00 AM PDT, Blogger George Mason said…


    I hope you are right. We really need these people to be seen as the fifth column.

    Michael Berg stood in his doorway with his gooey and dewy eyes forgiving al Zarqawi and immediately replacing any obvious concern for his beheaded son with his agenda. I had a leftie neighbor once whose daughter was killed by someone, and this guy could not wait to forgive the murderer.

    I still say that it just too bad that we will have to save the Michael Bergs along with the good people.

  • At Fri Jun 09, 08:54:00 AM PDT, Blogger George Mason said…


    Superb summary about implied and admitted pacifists.

    Thanks for reminding me of the libertarians of the Libertarian Party. Hearing their rhetoric after 9-11, and it was as you stated, I knew they could never be more than a very minor party.

    Compartmentalized thinking may be the number one human cognitive weakness, at least potentially.

  • At Fri Jun 09, 09:13:00 AM PDT, Blogger Always On Watch said…

    The responses from the Left in Congress and elsewhere over the death of Zarqawi have been tepid and qualified. "Yes, but..."

    And they're looking like idiots. Trouble is, too many Americans believe what the media say if the tripe is spouted long enough and loudly enough.

  • At Fri Jun 09, 09:30:00 AM PDT, Blogger Elmer's Brother said…

    I am a Christian. While I believe in God's mercy I also believe in his justice. What was meted out in Iraq was justice.

    Forgiveness doesn't mean there aren't consequences, including capital punishment. IMHO

  • At Fri Jun 09, 11:03:00 AM PDT, Blogger George Mason said…

    Always on Watch,

    That's where I think we bloggers are making a difference. Boy, is it slow seeming, however. Getting to the gullible takes so long that I wish I could reincarnate myself just to have another round at it.

  • At Fri Jun 09, 11:08:00 AM PDT, Blogger George Mason said…

    Elmer's Brother,

    You have your head on right. I think most Christians think right about this Zarqawi obliteration, but the news people seem always to find some looney toons from all the segments of society to give that "balance" to the news. That's funny, as I think of it: "Balance" = giving time to the unbalanced.

    You are fighting the good fight along with AOW and the rest of Our Gang (new meaning). Ooooorah!

  • At Fri Jun 09, 11:28:00 AM PDT, Blogger Elmer's Brother said…


    You're absolutely right and sometimes I don't know if the real enemy is the left or radical Islam. Other times you can't tell the two apart really.

  • At Fri Jun 09, 07:21:00 PM PDT, Blogger Cubed © said…

    Elmer's Brother,

    One of the fun things about philosophy (if you're lucky enough to have a good teacher!) is that it helps you sort through some of these things. When you say you don't know if the real enemy is the left or Islam, and that it's hard to tell them apart, you're right!

    The reason is that both the Left and Islam (radical or not) have the same philosophical ancestor!

    You can make a "philosophical family tree" and see how Plato's philosophy ultimately gave rise to all things totalitarian (at least from the Middle East and the West), including a real roster of villains: communism, fascism, socialism, left-leaners, and Islam.

    Islam had a different "flavor" from the commies etc., because it's background wasn't in the Graeco-Roman tradition that has colored our own civilization. Nevertheless, Greek philosophy was very strong in the Middle East for several hundred years before the rise of Islam. When the brand new Islam conquered the region, Plato was the philosopher who ultimately wielded the greatest influence, helping to produce the Islam we see today.

    The same sort of thing happened in the West; Greek philosophy influenced us, too, but through a lucky series of events, much of the influence was Aristotle's, not Plato's (Aristotle happened to be Plato's student, but they had a big blow up over some very important issues).

    Even though we paid a lot more attention to Aristotle than Islam did, Plato was still alive and well in the West, so we have both influences. Aristotle gave us the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, the Constitution of the United States, and the Industrial Revolution. Plato gave us Fascist Italy, Nazi Germany, the Communists of the Soviet Union and China, and all degrees of the Left, from Progressivism to socialism to the Left.

    And that's why you are right to be confused about telling the Left and Islam apart - they're kissin' cousins!

    Oh, BTW, I plan to post a couple of articles, one by Robert Spencer (you've probably already read it) and one by Jason Pappas (I don't know if you seen that one yet).

    Each one deals with why it is that all of us, even though we have differences in the way we think about some things, have to link arms in this fight. I understand that Robert Spencer is a devout Catholic, while Jason is an Objectivist, and (I believe) an atheist like me.

    Come to think of it, I think Hugh Fitzgerald is an atheist, and so is Ibn Warraq. In sum, we're all in this together.

    I think you'll enjoy both pieces. I'm posting them mainly because some young, nostril-flaring people calling themselves Objectivists have come by here to try to shoot us down, saying that because we have joined with religious people in the fight, we have "betrayed" our philosophy.

    Sigh. Geez. I wouldn't be young again for anything.

    Wait. I will go for a "body transplant." Take my brain and put it in a 25-year-old body - but that's another blog!

    Anyhow, both these pieces make it so very clear about why we have to work on this together. I hope the young person who does the "drive-by shooting" will see them too, and benefit.

  • At Sat Jun 10, 12:03:00 PM PDT, Blogger Edwin said…

    Mercy granted to the cruel will become cruelty to the merciful.

  • At Sat Jun 10, 12:22:00 PM PDT, Blogger George Mason said…


    And, that "cruelty to the merciful" shall be known as JUSTICE--only the merciful will try to call it "cruelty."


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