Moments after yesterday’s attacks my telephone was buzzing with requests for interviews with one recurring question: but what do they want? That reminded me of Theo van Gogh, the Dutch film-maker, who was shot by an Islamist assassin on his way to work in Amsterdam last November. According to witnesses, Van Gogh begged for mercy and tried to reason with his assailant. “Surely we can discuss this,” he kept saying as the shots kept coming. “Let us talk it over.”
Van Gogh, who had angered Islamists with his documentary about the mistreatment of women in Islam, was reacting like BBC reporters did yesterday, assuming that the man who was killing him may have some reasonable demands which could be discussed in a calm, democratic atmosphere.
But sorry, old chaps, you are dealing with an enemy that does not want anything specific, and cannot be talked back into reason through anger management or round-table discussions. Or, rather, this enemy does want something specific: to take full control of your lives, dictate every single move you make round the clock and, if you dare resist, he will feel it his divine duty to kill you. (Emphasis mine)
The reason why many on the Left find common cause with such an ideology is quite simple. It is all about obtaining power over others. This motivation resonates deeply in the souls of totalitarians everywhere.
So, if you find it difficult today to find any lefty blogs or opinion pieces by Lefty ideologues that resolutely condemn the terrorist bombings in London yesterday--as opposed to pieces mocking Fox News (here also) or those who do actually condemn them--let me know.
I was totally appalled, but hardly surprised when my daily tour of the blogsphere only came up with the usual diatribes against Bush, Blair, Rove, etc. etc.--andnumerous posts and commenters pleading for love, peace,understanding and rational discourse.
They should perhaps, direct their BS toward the relatives and friends of Theo van Gogh or those whose bodies are still trapped in the subways of London.
In the years since 9/11 there has not been one, single indication that any of the perpetrators of such obscenities are open to rational discourse. And that is the hallmark of those whose only goal is to achieve complete power over others. It is all about their will, their desires, their quest for omnipotence. If you don't submit to them, they have no use for you.
Any dictator or thug can tell you that.