The Obama administration tells us that the CIA drones are killing would-be terrorists with European nationalities in the mountains of Pakistan. This, to try and derail terrorist attacks in Europe. I believe all this; why shouldn’t I? Using some of the millions of Europe-based Muslims makes perfect sense in every respect for the violent jihadists. Several of the 9/11 terrorists had met in Germany already. So, this is not new.
The Time Square Bomber, one of the inside-job terrorists, just got a life sentence. He left the courtroom with defiant statements to the effect that he had dedicated his life to God. He sounded happy.
Think about it. He is a young man, still in his twenties, I think. He is unlikely to ever achieve anything at all. He will never be married. He will never have children. He will not see his parents or his siblings again except perhaps through a Plexiglas wall. At this point, one of his best prospects is to become soon one of the Aryan Brotherhood’s favorite girlfriends. Then, he will enjoy some protection, at least.
In general, I believe that people everywhere are much alike in spite of obvious cultural differences: They would rather be well-fed than hungry; they like a good night sleep; they love their children; they want to laugh. I have to make an exception for religiously motivated terrorists. They seem to belong to a different species. It’s worse, than this in fact. It’s easier to like a good-natured chimp.
Make no mistake, terrorism works, even when it does not. I keep reminded you on this blog and on my radio program that violent jihadists have murdered mostly Muslims. But, although very few people in Western countries have been murdered by jihadists since 9/11, the quality of life in those countries has deteriorated, perhaps forever. Our socio-political arrangements are more complex than those of retarded countries where they ply their trade most of the time. We have more to lose and what we prize is fragile precisely because we value individual lives.
Unfortunately, many otherwise intelligent people react to this self-evidence by entering into denial. I see more and more libertarians denouncing the pursuit of the anti-terrorist operations in Afghanistan. When confronted, they will simply pretend that terrorism is not much of a problem. Others will even suggest that it’s a made-up problem. I have to confront this issue in writing. It’s difficult to do because the fools are my friends, maybe my former friends, I am not sure at this point.
A pleasant detail in the anti-terrorism effort: Several American television channels show pictures of soldiers guarding the Eiffel Tower. Television reporters are normally superficial and uninformed. So, they miss the juicy details. I can tell you, based on their peculiar headgear, that the soldiers at the Eiffel Tower are mountain infantry. The French are frivolous but logical. Paris is flat overall, but the tower is high. Get military there who could climb if needed. Cool!