The Dark Ages Have Arrived
It’s been peaceful here in North America. There hasn’t been a war in the United States since the end of the Civil War a
hundred and fifty years ago. There hasn’t been a war in Canada since we kicked America’s ass in the War of 1812. We’re not used to; we can’t understand the concept of our streets and cities becoming battlefields. Some demonstrators in Ferguson, Missouri think that their police force is worse than ISIS. It’s hard to wrap your head around mass slaughter, rape and beheadings. It’s hard to understand what evil is.
The old North American wars were relatively mild. The fighting took place on battlefields, and the victims were mostly soldiers. Some cities were devastated, farms destroyed. We burned the White House in 1812, an event that made it into the
American national anthem.
The wars we’ve fought since then have more or less followed the same format: soldier against soldier. They’ve adhered more or less to the Hague Convention of 1899, the Geneva Convention, both designed to limit the barbarity of war, and the suffering on non-combatants.
The peaceful time is over
The peaceful time is over. We’re under attack by an enemy that doesn’t care about civilian casualties. It doesn’t even distinguish between combatants and non-combatants. According to their code of war (the Koran), if you’re not one of them, then you’re an enemy who has to be destroyed, or at least subjugated. In many instances, our foes don’t have armies, so there are no soldiers to identify and destroy. A man driving an ordinary car through the streets of Jerusalem is their fighter, his vehicle his weapon as he drives into a crowd and kills a three-month-old baby. A man driving an ordinary car in a shopping center parking lot in Saint-Jean, Quebec is their fighter, as he deliberately mows down two soldiers walking together.
So who do we fight against? Ordinary Muslims, who just want to go about their lives as citizens? How do we tell them from the Muslims who are participating in the glory of war against the infidels? Do we expel all of them; lock them up behind barbed wire? That’s inconceivable. It doesn’t fit our enlightened civilization.
Maybe we can just ban them from driving. But the terrorists have a habit of developing new strategies every time we learn to deal with the old ones. If they don’t use cars, they’ll use bicycles. If they don’t use knives, they’ll use box-cutters. And again, such discrimination doesn’t fit our enlightened civilization.
We have to protect ourselves
But we have to protect ourselves. The best way, to my mind, is to keep Canadians from wanting to be terrorists. It’s not an original idea. The RCMP worked with the family and Imam of the Saint-Jean terrorist, to steer him away from his radical agenda. Their strategy failed; I have a better one.
The news media is full of stories of ISIS victories. They brazenly behead people. They machine gun victims lying in the dirt. They boast about selling captive women as slaves. They’ve taken control of huge swaths of Iraq, laying waste to years of blood and sacrifice by the mighty Americans. The world speaks their name with fear. Even Al Qaeda, which brought down the World Trade Center, seems passé. People like winners, and ISIS seems to be winning. Losers like Michael Zehaf Bibeau and Martin (Ahmad) Couture-Rouleau are enamored, and want to be on the winning side.
Let’s show ISIS as the losers they really are
Let’s show ISIS as the losers they really are. Let’s carry the war back to their shores, and give them a real fight. They may be strong raping women, murdering children and having sex with goats and donkeys. How strong are ISIS terrorists when fighting real soldiers, intent on their defeat? Will ISIS cower proudly as Western air power bombs it back to the Stone Age? If we allow the development of North American oil and gas resources, we won’t have to give them enough money afterwards to climb back past the Bronze Age.
War isn’t peaceful, and we don’t like it. But it’s here. They attacked us, and they’re going to keep attacking until we either submit, or crush them. If we’re not choosing appeasement or surrender, then the choice is whether we crush them here or there. I prefer there.
Both Prime Minister Harper and President Obama have starved their respective armed forces. While the U.S. government is quickly running out of money, Prime Minister Harper’s advisors have been wondering what to do with the large anticipated federal budget surplus. The attacks in Saint Jean and Ottawa have answered that question.
If Canadians and Americans see a military that is motivated to win, led by commanders who believe in the fight, then the good guys (us) will look like the winners. People of all faiths will be motivated to participate. If the Israel Defense Forces can have Muslims commanders, Canada and the U.S. can do better than having its Muslim citizens running over or shooting soldiers.
I quoted George Washington in a previous post: “To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.” Let’s drop our old assumptions, and preserve the peace. All-out war against terrorists is the best way to chase away the darkness, to bring back the peaceful times before they fade into a distant memory.