That is how Progressives think...
I know the left wants to pretend that 9/11 was an aberration (or as they deem lately a bi-product of global warming) or that all our problems stem from ousting Saddam Hussein. If you are going to be intellectually honest, this problem would undoubtedly still be with us regardless of the decision to overthrow Hussein. I was not a fan of enhanced interrogation techniques, but does anyone really think that water boarding spurred this recent attack (or prompted Khalid Sheikh Mohammed or Jihad Johnny to start sawing off heads with butcher knives)? Hitchens also notes that the failed war of choice in Libya (the one Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama got us into) is contributing to the crisis Europe is facing.
I was offended by Peter Hitchens' piece about the Paris slaughter (there were far more offensive takes from the left out there, but I expected better from Hitchens). Not with his overall general advice (albeit generic and obvious), of course we do need to think and really look at what works and what does not in dealing with these terror threats. But there is so much fundamentally wrong with Hitchen's article, most importantly the advice (or lack of it) for dealing with killers such as the West faced last Friday. Hitchens is not currently of the left, but his thinking is muddled on this subject.
I absolutely reject the idea we abandon western civil liberties by detaining dangerous foreign attackers (rather we abandon western civil liberties by not defending ourselves). When did prisoners of war ever warrant trials? The jihadis do have a master plan to break us--we should respond appropriately and defend outselves. There is nothing inherently shameful about Guantanamo, as a facility, other than the Obama's administration obsession with catch and release of captured Islamic Jihadis (and who's twisted faith and ideology dare not be named). Militant Islam is still part of Islam.
Je Suis Charlie Martel: Those who forget history are bound to repeat it...
Peter Hitchens rejects neoconservatism and Obama's Arab Spring (Hitchens' advice on be careful what you wish for is a sound one). Still, Islamofascism (as his late brother was apt to describe the forces we are combating) is not going away.
Actually, in the short term, Peter Hitchens nails the issue we need to guard against.
It is remarkably hard to defend yourself against an enemy whose language few of us speak, yet who speaks ours and can move freely in our world, and who is willing, even happy, to die at our hands – or his own – if he can kill us first.I totally agree with that observation. So why would we (leaving Germany's Angela Merkel's societal suicidal tendencies aside) want to import millions of people from this region where there are better alternatives to help true refugees from where they are? That is why there is a backlash to taking in Syrian refugees. While we are at this point yet, we are at war that is in a way just as significant as the Cold War and WWII. It is a lack of measured response by the establishment that makes escalation of violence more likely.
Where are the women, children and old people?
Here is a country that has had no Islamic terror attacks, wonder why?
In Denmark, Syrian refugees harassing women
Christopher Hitchens responds from the grave about Charlie Hebdo.
TOM: France At War, TERROR MANHUNT: French Authorities Seeking Accomplices of Islamic Killers, PARIS ATTACK: Terrorist ‘Refugee’ Had Syrian Passport; Death Toll Now 129, ISIS Claims Credit for Paris Slaughter; Death Toll 127 in Islamic Terror Attack, PARIS JIHAD: Major Terrorist Attack
Wombat (as you can guess he has a lot of links of this subject today): JWF, Protein Wisdom, American Thinker, Twitchy, Pam Geller, DaTechGuy, Don Surber, Joe For America, AmPowBlog, Jawa Report, This Aint Hell, Gateway Pundit, Lonely Conservative, Mark Steyn
Mark Steyn: The Leader of the Free World and his Universal Values, Cool Civilizational Death With Goes Viral and The Barbarians Are Already Inside and Their Are No Gates
EBL: ISIS claims American blood is best, So where's our safe space again?, and Paris France, Friday the 13th
Obama does have great timing...
Kevin Williamson: Unsentimental after Paris and Mugged by Reality
Andrew McCarthy: Radical Islam and immigration to France and the United States
Conservative Treehouse: Paris ISIS Attacks planned in Syria and launched form Belgium
Rush Limbaugh: Obama dismisses notions of US victory but comes to life when promoting bringing in Syrian Refugees, Hillary's smart diplomacy on display, all Democrats do is blame Bush, and Walid Phares explains Obama's strategy.
Instapundit: Obama not interested in winning (that only makes sense if he means the Charlie Sheen Form of #Winning), gay man named Milo frightened of mass Muslim migration, Democrats have no strategy for ISIS, and the Mid-Century roots of 6th Century problem
Lem's Levity: Obama is not interested in American Leadership or Winning
Spengler: Why France will do nothing (but how Israel managed to stop the Second Intifada without
Camp of the Saints: On Paris and The Lie As Our Form of Existence
Mark Steyn: Imagine, There's No Imagination Demographics don't lie, and Europe is doomed...