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Anti-Civilization

posted at 6:48 pm on June 2, 2010 by

Look at the world through the eyes of Hamas and its apologists, and ask yourself: what’s the point of sending a couple of boats full of terror “activists” to run the Gaza blockade?

The short-term benefit is obvious.  Israel is placed in another no-win situation.  If the Israeli military had allowed the Terror Flotilla to cruise on its way, they would have displayed a dangerously provocative weakness.  Enforcing the blockade brought the Israelis into contact with armed and determined terrorist agents.  When the IDF commandos defended themselves, a credulous global media was ready to write stories of “peace activists” being “massacred,” as Hamas desired.  Within twenty four hours, regimes noted for the regular murder of their captive subjects were at the podium of the United Nations, denouncing a democracy for defending its borders.  I have yet to see a major media figure ask how many of the countries denouncing Israel would respond to an invading flotilla by sending in a squad of guys with paintball guns.

The long-term strategy behind the Terror Flotilla is more troubling, because the pieces in that game are moved by the skeleton hand of anti-civilization… and it is winning.

The central flaw in Western liberal foreign policy is the naïve belief they can construct a civilization without enemies.  No amount of multicultural babble, foreign-aid payoffs, or servile bows before foreign leaders can accomplish that task.  Every society has both rivals and enemies. Rivals have plans which extend beyond victory in any given contest or campaign.  The conquerors of old were looking to assemble empires, and the most successful of them made efforts to incorporate the people and cultures they overwhelmed.  Not even the rowdiest English king planned to exterminate the French.

Anti-civilization is different.  It destroys without assimilation.  It learns nothing from its enemies, studying them only to find weaknesses it can exploit.  In ancient times, it took the form of barbarian reavers, who looked upon graceful cities full of art and music and felt nothing but hunger and contempt.  The industrial age refined anti-civilization into a powerful black oil, fueling massive engines of murder.  It learned to wear crisp uniforms, and build concentration camps.  It orchestrated decades of mechanized slaughter, with an atomic finale.  By the end of the twentieth century, it had learned to manufacture terror, and transform the wonders of the civilization it hates into firebombs that could level mighty skyscrapers.

Anti-civilization stands opposed to the crucial idea that animates civilization: the belief that human life has value.  It took a long time for both Western and Asian civilizations to fully understand this concept, but even in their infancy, they were dimly aware of its power.  Mankind tended a garden of thought that grew for thousands of years, nourished by growing concepts of limited rule and transcendent rights, until it finally produced the most succulent fruit of the Enlightenment, the United States Constitution.  Civilization begins with respect for the lives of others… the recognition that other people cannot be casually butchered for the slightest of reasons.  Focusing this understanding to the elegant modern respect for individual dignity is the work of centuries, but the very concept of law is rooted in the most primitive incarnation of that respect.

It is this core value of respect for life that anti-civilization rejects.  It dreams of Final Solutions and drowning its enemies in blood.  It’s not just carless of civilian casualties… it deliberately inflicts them, as a matter of policy.  It is ravenous for innocent blood, because it knows it can only defeat the superior intellectual and physical power of civilized nations through atrocities.  It defeats mighty nations by murdering their children, and mutates its own children into bombs to achieve that purpose.

Anti-civilization can only succeed with the assistance of traitors from within the ranks of its civilized enemies… and it never has trouble finding them.  Every society breeds people who refuse to see anti-civilization for what it is, rendering it invisible because it exists beyond the limits of their imaginations.  There are also those who grow weary of the constant challenge to defend the society they have built, weakly accepting the comfort of a quiet grave for their civilization.  Worst of all, every civilization produces those who eagerly cooperate in the task of burning them to the ground, with plans for rebuilding from the ashes tucked into their back pockets.  The barbarians can always be defeated, if their allies within the city walls can be kept from opening the gates.

Industrial technology allowed the creation of Israel, a tiny democracy floating in a sea of barbarism, able to defeat all of its hostile neighbors in an incredibly short war.  That same technology produced the media apparatus that anti-civilization relies upon, to commune with its allies and dupes around the world.  In a very short time, atomic technology will put genocide back on the table in the Middle East… and our civilization will face a challenge that certain elements are already preparing themselves to lose.

The long-term significance of the Terror Flotilla is that it gives the worldwide Left one more dose of sedative to deal with the possibility of a coming horror in Israel.  They’ve long since grown weary of dealing with the problems that tiny nation creates, and begun telling themselves it might just be better for everyone if it ceased to exist.  Look how quickly the Left agrees with the Palestinian narrative that every problem in the Middle East is caused by the Jewish state… with the implied conclusion that all those problems would disappear if Israel does.

Anti-civilization wishes to convince the elite of the civilized world that its crimes are understandable, and the victim had it coming anyway.  It’s already delighted to know the democracies of the world are less than enthusiastic about standing beside the little democracy it plans to drown.   What we’re seeing now is part of the long prologue to something the global Left is slowly, quietly convincing itself will be the tragic but inevitable end to a complicated story.  In truth, it will only be the beginning.  Anti-civilization is both merciless, and relentless.

Cross-posted at www.doczero.org.

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So let’s just run the line score right quick.

BarryO is perceived as weak by everyone on the planet except Ms. BarryO. Iran gets nukes, rattles sword. Chavez wants nukes, rattles sword. NoKo’s get nukes, sink sub, rattle sword. Muslim jihadis throw wild haymaker at Israelis, rattle sword.

Nukes 2, wild punch 1, sneers and jibes 4, BarryO 0.

He’s definitely on his game as the polls are tanking along with the economy. Looks like he’ll make it to the playoffs, such are the rules in the “everybody gets a trophy” league.

Robert17 on June 2, 2010 at 11:07 PM

Good article, doc. Sorta reminds me of the Vandals in the 5th century. They were a kind of anti-civilization, at least as far as the Romans were concerned. I’m not sure what motivates people to destroy what others have built. Envy perhaps. The strange thing is, after everything built up over centuries is destroyed, where are these anti-civilization types going to live, in the radioactive ruins? Sounds like maybe they haven’t extrapolated the consequences of their actions. Maybe they just live in the here and now and let someone else worry about tomorrow.

gordo on June 3, 2010 at 12:42 AM

As usual, great piece. Nicely done.

Midas on June 3, 2010 at 8:36 AM

Advanced society has an incredible ability put off what needs to be done. I think we fear regressing to an earlier time. It makes you comfortable for a while. Well, this time we don’t know the end because the enemy isn’t human and won’t give up unless it gets really really ugly. We aren’t at that point yet and I can understand that to an extent. The lashing out at Israel is just a symptom. When we get to that point…man it is going to be ugly.

tomas on June 3, 2010 at 11:43 AM

Another must read and study from Dr Z.

One important thing people will have to keep in mind:

“When you have made evil the means of survival, do not expect men to remain good.”
Ayn Rand from Atlas Shrugged.

How long do the barbarians expect the civilized world to put up with it’s own destruction?

As some point, the gloves are going to come off and it’s going to get real ugly real fast.

The barbarians are depending on our good graces not to strike them down, but if they continue on their current path the majority of the people will see this for what it truly is – a fight for survival.

Chip on June 3, 2010 at 11:54 AM

They’ve long since grown weary of dealing with the problems that tiny nation creates

I’m still al little fuzzy on this. What exactly are the problems that this nation creates, and is it’s total destruction the only cure for these perceived problems? Where is the U.N. championing the rights of the little guy?

Tommy_G on June 3, 2010 at 11:58 AM

Khomeini brought down the Shah of Iran with audio tapes, and Obama seems intent on destroying western civilization by reading words off a teleprompter.

Skandia Recluse on June 3, 2010 at 11:58 AM

This war has been going on for 1200 years now.

Islam is the spiritualization of the Bedouin raider lifestyle. The Koran is a word-for-word perversion of all Judeo-Christian values. Specifically, the religion is tailor-made to predate upon the concept of Samaritanism. Muslims are not the innocent victims in the story; they are the robbers, masquerading as the victim.

logis on June 3, 2010 at 11:59 AM

It was a dumb move by the Israeli’s to make contact on the ship.

Clearly, they should of disabled the boat and sent it drifting on its way.

A week on the sea without power and supplies would be a better answer to these leftist performance artists.

rickyricardo on June 3, 2010 at 11:59 AM

As Dr. Thomsa Sowell would say, the constrained and unconstrained vision of man.

WordsMatter on June 3, 2010 at 12:02 PM

Thought experiment:

A group of ships from Venezuela is headed towards the Gulf Coast. Their announced intentions are to deliver humanitarian aid to people affected by the oil spill.

President Obama tells the Venezuelans that they will need to divert to a naval port to have their cargo inspected, and once cleared, it will be delivered by us.

The Venezuelans refuse, and announce they are going to run our naval blockade, breach our waters and deliver the supplies themselves.

What would our response be?

What would we do if, when the Coast Guard boarded the ships, they were attacked with guns, knives and metal poles?

Now for anyone who is condeming Israel, ask yourself why your answer to the above questions does a 180 when you substitute the Israelis into the scenario.

BadgerHawk on June 3, 2010 at 12:03 PM

I was thinking the exact same thing yesterday.

(okay, not the exact same as D.Z., but generally the same)

It really shouldn’t surprise anybody when democrats play the victim card, its what they do.

But the latest mantra seems to be that, as long as you are a white, male conservative American, or are an Israelite, any bad that happens to you is your own fault.

Oh, and if anybody else has something bad happen to them, then it’s the white, male, conservative American, or Israelite’s fault.

It’s like Obama is going to wish our enemies away, and if somebody does us harm, well, we probably had it coming for something our ancestors did.

We’ve gone from ignoring violent America haters during the Clinton Administration to the “Thank you sir, may I have another!” foreign policy of the Obama Administration.

cntrlfrk on June 3, 2010 at 12:04 PM

“When you have made evil the means of survival, do not expect men to remain good.”
Chip on June 3, 2010 at 11:54 AM

This is what no liberal ever understands — until it is too late.

I’m not afraid of feckless, latte-swilling overaged infants. I am afraid of exactly the same thing they are afraid of; I am afraid of people like ME, and the things we always do when we no longer have productive outlets for our time and energy.

logis on June 3, 2010 at 12:06 PM

BadgerHawk on June 3, 2010 at 12:03 PM

The example I used for someone cussing Israel the other day was, the next time they get pulled over by a patrolman, as he approaches your vehicle, quickly jump out and attack him.

If you don’t get shot, I’m sure you will promptly be cuffed and stuffed.

Of course, in the liberal mind, that would be considered ‘excessive force’ and a lawsuit would follow.

cntrlfrk on June 3, 2010 at 12:08 PM

Well done although you imply what the root of anti-civilization is, you never come out and say it, Islam. I honestly think it will take the atomic annihilation of Israel and subsequent retaliation against Iran for us to wake up. I am sick of coward apologists who contort themselves into ridiculous positions justifying INHERENT islamic hatred and backwardness. It is a failed religion that should have run its course and died out with much of the other barbarism of the middle ages. It has survived as a parasite on mankind. Unscrupulous rulers have used this “religion” to point their angry subjects in another direction, namely the Jew. It is a murderous cult based on the insane “teachings” of homicidal pedophile. The only thing islamic tyrants and murderers understand is a punch in the mouth. Barry, the delicate genius is incapable/unwilling to deliver it. The American public unfortunately is much better at reacting to rather than preventing a catastrophe.

allahallahoxenfree on June 3, 2010 at 12:09 PM

Radical Muslims are not individuals with free choice. They’re just pieces on some imam’s chessboard. I don’t want to be a chess piece. That’s why the radical Muslims get along so well with communists. They’re just a different brand of chess pieces on a board.

RBMN on June 3, 2010 at 12:10 PM

Your eloquent words speak volumes that many will, or deliberately, choose not to hear.

I fear for the State of Israel as I fear for us.

skatz51 on June 3, 2010 at 12:20 PM

Everything will be fine once Obama convinces Israel to dismantle their nukes. Fine for Islamoscum. Not so much for Israel.

Extrafishy on June 3, 2010 at 12:21 PM

Until they love their children more than they hate us, there will be no peace.

-Golda Meir

CurtZHP on June 3, 2010 at 12:24 PM

Very interesting take, Dr. 0. It makes sense when you have the far Left of Hitler, Stalin & Mao who kill tens of millions, but even they had some sense of creating a “new” society. Now Pol Pot emptied the Cambodian cities, to essentially go back to a pre-civilized agricultural society. Both the Left & Islamists today hate the West in essence seeming to hate what is the dominant civilization.

rbj on June 3, 2010 at 12:26 PM

That’s why the radical Muslims get along so well with communists. They’re just a different brand of chess pieces on a board.
RBMN on June 3, 2010 at 12:10 PM

That’s not a coincidence. The prime tenet of Communism and the prime tenet of Islam are exactly the same: “It’s OK to create Hell on earth now, because when the last bastion of disbelievers have been killed or converted, and everyone on earth is united under a single yoke, then the world will (somehow, magically) be transformed into a Paradise.”

OK, yes, Communists use the phrase “Worker’s Paradise,” instead of simply “Paradise.” But you have to admit there’s some degree of similarity there.

Likewise, liberalism is the secularist version of the Judeo-Christian belief system, with all the spirituality sucked out of it. What you end up with is a bratty five-year-old’s interpretation of the Ten Commandments: “Worship unrepentant reprobates like rock stars, and hate the evil ogres who pay your bills; everyone should share all their toys, except me; etc…”

Again, none of that is a coincidence. Communism was designed to parasitically feed upon free economies in precisely the same way that Islam was designed to predate upon Judeo-Christian values.

logis on June 3, 2010 at 12:31 PM

…after everything built up over centuries is destroyed, where are these anti-civilization types going to live, in the radioactive ruins? Sounds like maybe they haven’t extrapolated the consequences of their actions. Maybe they just live in the here and now and let someone else worry about tomorrow.

gordo on June 3, 2010 at 12:42 AM

The real power-brokers, aka dictators, will live in luxury. They know what they are doing. They are just users and don’t care about the “people”. They use the idiot, true-believers to attain their own ends. Even sadder, the God-is-Great crowd will be the ones living in the ruins and they are so brain-washed they will still think it is great; for awhile…

yubley on June 3, 2010 at 12:40 PM

Anti-Civilization

Islam.

hillbillyjim on June 3, 2010 at 12:45 PM

Excellent, thought provoking article!

The central flaw in Western liberal foreign policy is the naïve belief they can construct a civilization without enemies.

Thus pitting the secularists/humanists against the Judeo/Christians.

The enlightened secularists/humanists of the left believe as an article of faith that man is inherently good, and given a correctly engineered environment, will perform for the benefit of his fellow man. Thus a master plan is required and opponents of the blueprint must be eliminated

The Judeo Christian has an article of faith, that all men are sinners, their lives are a gift from the Creator, and the goodness of their society will require internal battles against personal evil, and external battles against the evil which flows from the will of other men. Judeo Christians understand their children must be educated into this view to prevent the descent into barbarism. The Bible documents the battle between the barbarian/pagan ethos and the followers of Judaism or Christianity

It is this core value of respect for life that anti-civilization rejects. It dreams of Final Solutions and drowning its enemies in blood. It’s not just carless of civilian casualties… it deliberately inflicts them, as a matter of policy

Which is why I, a reformed barbarian, so admire the tenacity of the conservative wing of the Catholic Church, which fought to establish the value of all human life through the dark ages of the socialist upsurge. They were right, and I was wrong. If we do not respect the least among us, expedience becomes our god

entagor on June 3, 2010 at 1:01 PM

I think “anti-civilization” is something bigger than Islam. Islam is just the current incarnation.

Farmer_Joe on June 3, 2010 at 1:02 PM

What would the former Soviet Union have done? China? North Korea? Cuba? My money says that they would have either sunk the vessels or stormed them and imprisoned all passengers, never to be heard from again.

Israel was far to gentle.

CC

CapedConservative on June 3, 2010 at 1:34 PM

Thanks Doc!

Khun Joe on June 3, 2010 at 1:53 PM

Another excellent piece by the good Doctor. Let’s name the 800 lb Gorilla in the room:

Anti-Civilization = Islam + Leftist Ideology

infidel4life on June 3, 2010 at 1:55 PM

As usual, the Doctor is spot on. That said, I would make only a slight change to his last sentence.

“Anti-civilization is embodied in Islam, which is both merciless, and relentless.”

scullymj on June 3, 2010 at 2:41 PM

Oh, Doc, you silly neanderthal. Don’t you realize that you’re impugning a diverse and immense global population? In America, no one can be pre-judged on the basis of religion or other beliefs.

Except for anyone who disagrees with this obvious truth, of course. They’re just, like, y’know, sophomoric h8rs. Like, totally.

/sarc

OhioCoastie on June 3, 2010 at 2:50 PM

Funny how the enemies of western civ are all anti-Christ too. Huh.

Akzed on June 3, 2010 at 2:52 PM

GW –

Winston Churchill called Islam ‘the most retrograde force in the world’, and compared Mein Kampf to the Quran.

Mohammed’s behavior is an example to all Muslims and cannot be criticized. Now, if Mohammed had been a man of peace, let us say like Ghandi and Mother Theresa wrapped in one, there would be no problem. But Mohammed was a warlord, a mass murderer, a pedophile, and had several marriages – at the same time. Islamic tradition tells us how he fought in battles, how he had his enemies murdered and even had prisoners of war executed. Mohammed himself slaughtered the Jewish tribe of Banu Qurayza. If it is good for Islam, it is good. If it is bad for Islam, it is bad.

Many European cities are already one-quarter Muslim: just take Amsterdam , Marseille, and Malmo in Sweden . In many cities the majority of the under-18 population is Muslim. Paris is now surrounded by a ring of Muslim neighborhoods. Mohammed is the most popular name among boys in many cities.

In some elementary schools in Amsterdam the farm can no longer be mentioned, because that would also mean mentioning the pig, and that would be an insult to Muslims.

Many state schools in Belgium and Denmark only serve halal food to all pupils. In once-tolerant Amsterdam gays are beaten up almost exclusively by Muslims. Non-Muslim women routinely hear, ‘whore, whore.’ Satellite dishes are not pointed to local TV stations, but to stations in the country of origin.

In France school teachers are advised to avoid authors deemed offensive to Muslims, including Voltaire and Diderot; the same is increasingly true of Darwin . The history of the Holocaust can no longer be taught because of Muslim sensitivity.

In England sharia courts are now officially part of the British legal system. Many neighborhoods in France are no-go areas for women without head scarves. Last week a man almost died after being beaten up by Muslims in Brussels , because he was drinking during the Ramadan.

Many in Europe argue in favor of abandoning Israel in order to address the grievances of our Muslim minorities. But if Israel were, God forbid, to go down, it would not bring any solace to the West It would not mean our Muslim minorities would all of a sudden change their behavior, and accept our values. On the contrary, the end of Israel would give enormous encouragement to the forces of Islam. They would, and rightly so, see the demise of Israel as proof that the West is weak, and doomed. The end of Israel would not mean the end of our problems with Islam, but only the beginning. It would mean the start of the final battle for world domination. If they can get Israel , they can get everything.

Tav on June 3, 2010 at 3:01 PM

There are two kinds of people, in my view: creators and destroyers, those who build and those who tear down. The anarchist Bakunin wrote, ‘Destruction is beautiful’, and he was right. Releasing our darkest impulses is exhilarating in its way. Even evil has a certain kind of transcendence. The heady rush felt by the vandal and the arsonist, the adrenalin thrill felt by the robber and the thief, the godlike sense of power felt by the rapist and the murderer and the pedophile: these spring from the darkest sides of human nature, and therein lies the problem. Human beings motivated by their basest instincts and impulses are not amenable to friendly persuasion; thus, the only way to fight such people is to fight them. Concede nothing. Never compromise. Confront and confound at every turn.

And perhaps most importantly when confronting such people, do it with a smile. Bad guys hate to be objects of ridicule and derision.

troyriser_gopftw on June 3, 2010 at 3:06 PM

The enlightened secularists/humanists of the left believe as an article of faith that man is inherently good, entagor on June 3, 2010 at 1:01 PM

Don’t give them so much credit.

They don’t believe that man in inherently good, but that he’s a blank slate.

Liberals and Muslims are Pelagians. They don’t believe in original sin, they believe that man is corrupted after birth and can be shown the right path by public schools and madrassas.

Akzed on June 3, 2010 at 3:12 PM

It’s clear as ever to any sentient being that Iran is trying to lay seige to Israel through their Hezzbollah militia to the north and their Hamas militia to the south.

The sooner that everyone comes to understand what Iran is doing, the better. Iran is playing for keeps and their intentions are not concealed as Ahmedthenutjob proudly calls for the destruction of Israel daily.

OxyCon on June 3, 2010 at 3:30 PM

Funny how the enemies of western civ are all anti-Christ too. Huh.

Akzed on June 3, 2010 at 2:52 PM

True that. They have no problem at all recognizing Western Judeo-Christian civilization as their mortal enemy. Yet much of Western civ is utterly blind in seeing them as our enemy.

infidel4life on June 3, 2010 at 5:48 PM