Saturday, August 05, 2006

Parallels to the 1930s

An excellent essay on the similarities between the aggression in the world during the 1930s and the free world's response to it and the current worldwide tensions and reactions by Victor Davis Hanson appears here.

I'll not attempt to reword or summarize his work much as Hanson is incredibly knowledgeable of history and always brilliant in his analyses. Suffice it to say that Hanson sees many parallels to the West's confusion over who the good guys were in the 1930s, wondering if Churchill and Roosevelt or Hitler and Stalin were the more dangerous pair, and today's intellectual musings over whether democracies or terrorist aggressors have the higher ground morally.

Some excerpts:
Our present generation too is on the brink of moral insanity. That has never been more evident than in the last three weeks, as the West has proven utterly unable to distinguish between an attacked democracy that seeks to strike back at terrorist combatants, and terrorist aggressors who seek to kill civilians.

It is now nearly five years since jihadists from the Arab world left a crater in Manhattan and ignited the Pentagon. Apart from the frontline in Iraq, the United States and NATO have troops battling the Islamic fascists in Afghanistan. European police scramble daily to avoid another London or Madrid train bombing. The French, Dutch, and Danish governments are worried that a sizable number of Muslim immigrants inside their countries are not assimilating, and, more worrisome, are starting to demand that their hosts alter their liberal values to accommodate radical Islam. It is apparently not safe for Australians in Bali, and a Jew alone in any Arab nation would have to be discreet — and perhaps now in France or Sweden as well. Canadians’ past opposition to the Iraq war, and their empathy for the Palestinians, earned no reprieve, if we can believe that Islamists were caught plotting to behead their prime minister. Russians have been blown up by Muslim Chechnyans from Moscow to Beslan. India is routinely attacked by Islamic terrorists. An elected Lebanese minister must keep in mind that a Hezbollah or Syrian terrorist — not an Israeli bomb — might kill him if he utters a wrong word. The only mystery here in the United States is which target the jihadists want to destroy first: the Holland Tunnel in New York or the Sears Tower in Chicago.

In nearly all these cases there is a certain sameness: The Koran is quoted as the moral authority of the perpetrators; terrorism is the preferred method of
violence; Jews are usually blamed; dozens of rambling complaints are aired, and killers are often considered stateless, at least in the sense that the countries in which they seek shelter or conduct business or find support do not accept culpability for their actions.
Check out the whole article at the link above.

Hat tip: Right Wing News


At 8/05/2006 12:16 PM, Blogger ColossusHube said...

Hanson is spot-on. The reaction of the world in general now is eerily similar to that of the 1930s. Those who claim Islamofascists "aren't Hitler" are correct -- for now. But Hitler didn't have an A-bomb, and wasn't close to getting one until WW II was well underway. Not only are the Islamofascists close to getting the bomb, but they presently can get their hands on chemical and biological agents that would've made Hitler jump for joy.

At 8/05/2006 10:34 PM, Blogger Andrew said...

Like so many people have said, if you don't understand history, you're doomed to repeat it.

To Love, Honor and Dismay


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