Friday, April 17, 2009

Civilization Wears No Particular Jersey

Here's Phila on the sickly cycle in which accommodation begets further abuse:

Nor am I thrilled with this fretting over "disunity." I don't want to be unified with torturers or the people who defend them. It's like being forced into a shotgun marriage with a man who just raped you and burned down your house. The monstrous ideological imposition of "unity" is what made crimes like these possible, and now it's supposed to justify putting them beyond the reach of the law...presumably so that we can once again present a monolithic front against this dangerous world full of evildoers who hate our freedom. And if "our" unwillingness to uphold the law leads to some new atrocity, and we're "fortunate" enough to find out about it, Obama or someone else will undoubtedly urge us once more to "resist the forces that divide us, and instead come together on behalf of our common future."
In the world as it actually is, lines must be drawn. The "forces that divide us" sound like bad things, but a moment's reflection will show that we do not and should not want "unity" with just anyone or just anything. It very much depends. We should be eager to find bright, clear divisions between ourselves and the Taliban, the Khmer Rouge, and the Nazis, to pick only three obvious illustrations.

The defense of civilization is worthwhile and even meaningful only if we draw the lines between civilization and its adversaries clearly and without reference to team jersey.

The problems of expedience and lawlessness cannot be solved with more expedience and lawlessness.

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