Frank J. Is Not Laughing ...
... and when a guy with that many guns suddenly turns serious it's probably a good idea to pay attention to him. In this post the Grand Poobah of blogosphere funnymen wonders what ordinary citizens like us can do to wake the rest of the nation up to the fact that we're actually at war with an enemy who desires nothing less than our complete destruction. The attacks on New York, Washington, and Madrid don't seem to have gotten the message across to everyone; neither do the grisly murders and beheadings of civilians who are only trying to help rebuild Afghanistan and Iraq.
Personally I think large numbers of civilians in Europe and the US don't want to believe we're at war. They're afraid of the costs - in both blood and money - and so would rather distract themselves with the prissy, bloodless mannequin-people on shows like The Simple Life than pay attention to what's really going on. I believe that many thousands of leftists, robbed of their Soviet idol for over a decade now, have willingly thrown their lot in with the Islamists (communism failed to defeat democracy and capitalism, but radical Islam might still have a shot). And finally there are those millions of folks who in their hearts know we're at war, but who will never join or support the fight while a Republican leads it. Political partisanship all but disappeared in America for almost a year back in 2001 / 2002, but such unity began to evaporate the second someone said the word "election".
My contempt for all three camps is nearly total, and I'm not sure anything can be done about them. However, I'll be damned if I'm not going to try.
So there are going to be some changes here at The Zoo. First off, the blogrolls are going to look very different; the topmost section will now be devoted to blogs and other web sites that are dedicated to exposing Islamic Fascism, helping people understand the enemy we're fighting, and winning the hearts and minds of Middle Eastern peoples. Secondly, the main thrust of my blogging is going to shift towards coverage of the things you don't see in the mainstream news: The small, daily victories of the coalition; the blatant authoritarian extremism of our enemies; the virtues of secular democracy, the failings of tribal dictatorship, and the outright evil of fascist theocracy. There will still be fun stuff here on Saturday and occasional posts about science and libertarianism. But three or four times a week The Zoo is going to be exclusively about waking up the liberal sheep, swaying the unconvinced moderates, and debunking and anti-war jackasses.
And lastly, since I'm making all these changes anyway, I'm going to switch over to one of Blogspot's newer templates; the "pea soup" layout has got to go.
To usher in this change in Zoo perspective, I leave you with some quotes taken directly from the lips of our enemies. These are excerpted from a speech by Senator Joe Lieberman that has been posted over at Defense of Democracies; go read the entire thing when you have a chance. It is appropriately alarming.
There is no better way to know this enemy than to read their words. The father of the jihadist movement, Sayyed Qutb [KUH-tahb] of Egypt, wrote in 1952, “The death of those who are killed for the cause of God gives more impetus to the cause, which continues to thrive on their blood.” The cause of which he speaks is to “establish a [Muslim] state” that “sets moral values,” “abolish[es] man-made laws” and that would impose, by force if necessary, the Islamic system on “all human beings, whether they be rulers or ruled, black or white, poor or rich, ignorant or learned.”
In his “Declaration of the World Islamic Front for Jihad,” issued in February 1998, Bin Laden says that “to kill Americans and their allies, both civil and military, is an individual duty of every Muslim… every Muslim who believes in God and hopes for reward [must] obey God's command to kill the Americans and plunder their possessions wherever he finds them and whenever he can.”
In his November 1998 “Letter to America,” Bin Laden condemned the United States because, he said, like all democracies, it is a “nation who, rather than ruling by the Sharia of Allah in its Constitution and Laws, chooses to invent your own laws as you will and desire.” After September 11th attacks, he gloated triumphantly that “the values of Western civilization… of liberty, human rights, and humanity, have been destroyed.”
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