London-based journalist William Shawcross’ writings tell more truth about the Terror War than those of the editorial boards of the NYT, LAT, and Raleigh N&O combined.
Yes, that's damning with faint praise so ignore that and read the following excerpts (British spellings) from Shawcross’ latest in The Spectator, “We are at war with hatred, fanaticism and despair.” I follow them with a few comments.
When will we ever learn? The murder of Benazir Bhutto should finally convince us that we are in the midst of a crucial international war to stop Islamist terrorists destroying all that is best in our imperfect world. …No, they won’t.
[Bernard-Henri] Lévy suggests that Benazir’s name should now become another password ‘for those who still believe that the good genius of Enlightenment will win out over the evil genius of fanaticism and crime’.
But the Enlightenment will be lost unless we all realise that we have to fight for it.
First of all we have to give up the luxury of pretending that the war with Islamism is our fault. It is not.
It is a deadly serious attempt by reactionary theocrats, Sunni and Shia, to enslave as much of the world as possible. It is powerful — it has the resources of a rich state, Iran, behind its Shia arm, and oil wealth gushes into the coffers of its Sunni side.
‘The war on terror’ may not be the best of phrases, but it is a reasonable shorthand.
Islamist terrorist murderers don’t kill decent and brave people because of mistakes made by President Bush or Tony Blair or President Musharraf or anyone else.
They do so to destroy the chance of millions of Muslims and ‘infidels’ all over the world to live decent lives.
Secondly, the murder of Bhutto should also demonstrate — yet again — that this war is not the fault of the Israelis.
The Islamists did not kill Benazir Bhutto because of concern about the West Bank.
They killed her because they feared her power to give the Pakistani people more than the Islamists want them to have, and because they seek to push Pakistan into total chaos and unlimited carnage.
Third, Iraq is not the cause of this war — it is part of it. (emphasis mine)
Remember one of the first terrible suicide murders committed in Iraq: in August 2003 al-Qa’eda killed Sergio Vieira de Mello, one of the UN’s most gifted officials, and many of his colleagues. De Mello was Kofi Annan’s special representative in Iraq and, like Annan, was opposed to the US war effort there.
But al-Qa’eda denounced Annan as ‘America’s criminal slave’ and abused de Mello as ‘diseased’. They hated him in particular because he had helped Christian East Timor win independence from Muslim Indonesia — a heinous crime to al-Qa’eda. …
The murder of Bhutto, the murder of UN officials, the countless murders of innocent Iraqis, the murder of Lebanese who fight for their democracy, the murder of commuters in Madrid and London are all part of the same war against people and life.
They are all part of the same deadly global ideology of hatred and despair.
These assaults will not end if we retreat — from Afghanistan, from Iraq or anywhere else.
Why can’t people like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Sens. Barak Obama, Ted Kennedy, John Kerry, and Harry Reid, and former Sen. John Edwards understand that?
Why do we keep hearing from the liberal/leftist MSM that America, Israel and poverty are responsible for what the terrorists are doing?
And why, with few exceptions, can't we read in the editorials of our local newspapers anything as informed and supportive of civilization as William Shawcross' Spectator article?
Near the end of his article Shawcross states a fundamental truth we must never forget:
Weakness will cause the terrorists to redouble their efforts.His entire column is here.
Hat tip: Instapundit.com