"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse." --John Stuart Mill (1806 - 1873)

Saturday, February 05, 2005

A New Paradigm For Fighting Terrorism

All hail Amy Nell of Concordia College for "thinking outside the box"! James Taranto of Opinionjournal.com reports that at a Nobel Peace Prize Forum to be held at Augsburg College, she will lead a session on fighting terrorism in a completely innovative way. The title of her session begins with these three words: "Fighting Terrorism With..." And what does the esteemed Ms. Nell advise us to use? Nuclear Weapons? Smart Bombs? Intelligence Gathering and Law Enforcement? Propaganda? Diplomacy? The Spread of Democracy? No.

For the answer, click here and scroll all the way to the bottom to "SS31".

The description reads like self-parody. Yes, folks, Ms. Nell wants to fight terrorism with "empathy". She also believes that the "recipe for a healthy nation" may be found in the November 2004 videotape released by Osama bin Laden in an pathetic attempt to influence the U.S. presidential election. You may recall this as the tape that the Associated Press described thusly:

In what appeared to be conciliatory language, bin Laden said he wanted to explain why he ordered the suicide airline hijackings that hit the World Trade Center and the Pentagon so Americans would know how to act to prevent another attack.

Apparently, Ms. Nell believes the AP's characterization and agrees that bin Laden now has our best interests at heart. And, hey, she has a point. After all, who better to advise us "how to act to prevent another attack" than OBL? Perhaps we should hire him as an anti-terrorism consultant.

Here's an analogy. Let's say you own a restaurant in Brooklyn. A wiseguy comes around and breaks your kneecap. Later, he returns and explains to you why he broke your kneecap so you would know how to act to prevent another attack, i.e., you must give him $500 every week. It seems that Ms. Nell would advise you to fork over the cash rather than call the cops and have the thug arrested.

Of course, this isn't a perfect analogy. The U.S. is not a helpless restaurant owner up against the mob--it has the most fearsome military the world has ever known. And bin Laden does not just want protection money. He wants the destruction of the West and the spread of his brand of totalitarianism across the globe.

It's a good thing that Amy Nell is only a photographer for Concordia's student newspaper, and not in a position of power. Someday though, she and her ilk, brainwashed in the left-leaning ivory towers of academia, may be in such positions, and God help us when that day comes.