by Austin Bay
July 26, 2006
Hezbollah and other Islamo-fascist terrorists concluded long ago
that "if it bleeds it leads" doesn't simply apply to the sensation-hungry
media. Islamo-fascist mass murderers maintain public bloodletting (their
enemy's and their own) is a victory in itself.
We know "big bloodletting" means big headlines. But for
Hezbollah's philosophes, mass bloodletting serves
another purpose: It is a demonstration of terrorist commitment and moral
Islamo-fascist "death cult" terrorists are convinced their
forceful willpower (when combined with actions demonstrating millenarian
certitude) ultimately guarantees defeat of liberal Western couch potatoes
The Islamo-fascists aren't the first international mass murder
movement to deserve the moniker of "death cult." In the late 19th and early
20th centuries, trans-national anarchists touted "politics of the bomb" and
"propaganda by deed."
The anarchists spilled blood -- over a seven-year period
(1894-1901) they killed a French president, a Spanish prime minister, an
Italian king and a U.S. president (William McKinley). However, they failed
to ignite a global revolution that they claimed would produce an earthly
paradise of justice once the ancien regimes
disappeared in flames. The anarchists believed their own propaganda, and by
doing so misjudged the enormous strengths of liberal capitalist democracies.
They totally underestimated the United States.
Unfortunately, the anarchists' agitprop techniques inform
contemporary terrorists, and the dregs of its half-baked philosophies
continue to deform a few lost corners of human culture. A romantic notion of
anarchist violence energizes much of the radical-chic rhetoric emanating
from American college campuses, providing pseudo-intellectual tropes for
anti-Americanism and "anti-globalization."
These are the rear-guard actions of a dead-end ideology posing
as the avant-garde.
We'll all be better off when Islamo-fascism follows anarchism's
path. Pray for the day when the proponents of Hezbollahism and Bin Ladenism
are mere academic crackpots.
But defeating Islamo-fascism means men and women who love their
own liberty enough to defend it (wherever they live on this often tortured
planet of ours) must once again display more spine than the killers.
Defeating death cults entails persevering despite loss of life
and heinous outrage.
At the moment, the world's most critical demonstration of the
will to persevere and destroy terrorism is Israel's confrontation with
Hezbollah in northern Israel and southern Lebanon.
During the 1990s, Hezbollah (with Iranian and Syrian support)
fought a grinding guerrilla war against Israel's occupation of south
Lebanon. Under international pressure to withdraw as a prelude to a peace
deal, Israel pulled out. Hezbollah touted Israel's withdrawal as a loss of
Israeli will to fight.
But Hezbollah's Iranian masters never thought the U.S. would be
in both Afghanistan and Iraq. The Iraqi election of January 2005 ignited
Lebanon's "Beirut Spring" pro-democracy rallies. Those rallies shook even
the most willful tyrants in Tehran and Syria. The appeal of liberal
democracy brought couch potatoes and sheep into the streets -- indicating
they weren't couch potatoes.
Which is why I know this Israel-Hezbollah war is no accident.
Tyrants and terrorists must dash the hopes of couch potatoes and sheep. The
will of the tyrants and terrorists cannot be successfully mocked and
challenged, or it's over for the tyrants and terrorists. And, oh yes, Iran's
holy quest for a nuclear weapon cannot be thwarted, either.
But tyrants and terrorists' willpower and warfare are being
challenged. Over the last two weeks, criticism of Israel from the usual amen
corners has been conspicuously circumspect. It appears U.S.-led diplomatic
efforts designed to give Israel the time to defeat Hezbollah are working.
Let's hope Condi Rice can buy Israel a couple of months. Israel
indicates it intends to destroy, bunker by bunker, Iran's investment in
Hezbollah. The Israelis are killing Hezbollah's fighters -- and letting the
sensation-hungry media document their deaths.
Hezbollah can proclaim a victory-in-death, but like the claims
of its global anarchist antecedents, the bloody tout will be desperately