Note: I am 100%
againt the war in Iraq, and see it as a war for oil and Israel
against a country that 1) did not have
weapons of mass destruction (as Israel, the U.S., China, Pakistan,
South Korea, and Russia do) and 2) did not threaten the United States
in any way. It is my belief that the American penchant to meddle in the
affairs of others, including the support of Israel at the expense of
the Palestinians (the true cause of Muslim aggression against the
United States in particular), is extremely misguided, evil, and brings
about nothing but bad. We will not remain a great country (or recover
that status, rather) until we learn to mind our own business! These are
my personal opinions, not Catholic dogma -- but they are opinions
formed by traditional Catholic social teaching, including teaching
concerning respect for the principle of subsidiarity, Natural Law, and
the criteria necessary for a just war.
However, I am under no delusions about the nature of Islam,
which this article sums up well. Christendom and Islam do not mix, and Rabbinical Judaism and Christendom do not mix.
We ignore these truths at our own peril.
Sunday, April 4, 2004
News Herald, Panama City, FL
By Phil Lucas
If straight talk of savagery offends you, if you believe in ethnic and
gender diversity but not diversity of thought or if you think there is
an acceptable gray area between good and evil, then turn to the funny
pages, and take the children, too.
This piece is not for you.
We published pictures Thursday of burnt American corpses hanging from
an Iraqi bridge behind a mob of grinning Muslims.
Some readers didn’t like it.
Mothers said it frightened their children. A woman who works with
Muslim physicians thought it might offend or endanger them.
Well, we sure don’t want to frighten, offend or endanger anybody, do
we? That’s just too much diversity to handle. I mean, somebody might
We could fill the newspaper every morning with mobs of fanatical
Muslims. They can’t get along with their neighbors on much of the
planet: France, Chechnya, Bosnia, Indonesia, Spain, Morocco, India,
Tunisia, Somalia, etc. etc. etc. Can anybody name three ongoing world
conflicts in which Muslims are not involved? Today, where there is war,
there are fanatical Muslims. We might quibble about who started what
conflicts, but look at the sheer number of them.
One thing is sure. Muslim killers started the one we are in now when
they slaughtered more than 3,000 people, including fellow Muslims, in
New York City.
Madeline Albright, the former secretary of state and feckless appeaser
who helped get us into this mess, said last week Muslims still resented
the Crusades. Well, Madame Albright, if Westerners were not such a
forgiving people, we might resent them too.
Let’s recap the Crusades. Muslims invaded Europe and when they reached
sufficient numbers they imposed their intolerant religion upon
Westerners by force. Christian monarchs drove them back and took the
battle to their homeland. The fight lasted a couple of centuries, and
we bottled them up for 1,000 years.
Now, a millennium later, Muslims have expanded forth again. Ask France.
Ask England. Ask Manhattan. Two-and-a-half years ago fanatical Muslims
laid siege to us. We woke up to the obvious. Our president announced it
would be a very long war, then took the battle to the Islamic homeland.
Let’s consider the concept of a “long war.” Last time it was 200 years,
give or take.
Anybody catch Lord of the Rings? You know, the good part, the part that
wasn’t fiction, the part that drew us to the books and movies because
it was the truest part: the titanic struggle between good and evil,
between freedom and enslavement, between the individual and the state,
between the celebration of life and the worshipping of death.
That’s the fight we are in, and it never ends. It just has peaks and
There may be a silent majority of peaceful Muslims – some live here –
but that did not save 3,000 people in the World Trade Centers, the
millions gassed and butchered in the Middle East, the tens of thousands
slain in Eastern Europe and Asia, the hundreds blown to bits in the
West Bank and Spain, or the four Americans shot, burned and hung like
sausage over the Euphrates as a fanatical minority of Muslims did the
joyful dance of death.
Maybe we are so tolerant, we are so bent on “diversity,” we are so
nonjudgmental, we are so wrapped up in our six-packs and ballgames that
our brains have drained to our bulbous behinds. Maybe we’re so addled
on Ritalin we wouldn’t know which end of a gun to hold. Maybe we need a
new drug advertised on TV every three minutes, one that would help us
grow a backbone.
It doesn’t take a Darwin to figure out that in this world the smartest,
the fastest, the strongest, and the most committed always win. No
Look at your spouse and children. Look at yourself in the mirror. Then
look at the pictures from the paper last Thursday. You better look at
them. Those are the people out to kill you.
Who do you think will win? You? Or them? Think you can take your ball
and go home and they will leave you alone? Read a little history. Start
with last week, last month, last year, and every other year back for
half a century. Then go back a thousand years. Nobody hides from this
Like it or not, that’s the way it was and that’s the way it is.
But many Americans don’t get it.
That’s why we published those pictures.
If they jarred you off the sofa, if they offended you, if they scared
your children and sent you into a rage at mass murderers or heartless
editors, then I say, it’s a start.