Ragin’ Dave over at Four Right Wing Wackos quotes a rather fine essay about what is at stake in the Middle East, looking at it from a historical perspective. Here’s a snippet:
The bottom line is that we will have to deal with Islamic terrorism until we defeat it, whenever that is. It will not go away if we ignore it.
The Iraq War is merely another battle in this ancient and never-ending war. Now, for the first time ever, the barbarians are about to get nuclear weapons . . . unless somebody prevents them from getting them.
We have four options:
1. We can defeat the Jihad now, before it gets nuclear weapons.
2. We can fight the Jihad later, after it gets nuclear weapons (which may be as early as next year, if Iran’s progress on nuclear weapons is what Iran claims it is).
3. We can surrender to the Jihad and accept its dominance in the Middle East now, in Europe in the next few years or decades, and ultimately in America.
4. Or, we can stand down now, and pick up the fight later when the Jihad is more widespread and better armed, perhaps after the Jihad has dominated France and Germany and possibly most of the rest of Europe. It will, of course, be more dangerous, more expensive, and much bloodier.
It’s a must read. Go to.
I tried to link to the specific post, but there’s a server error over there right now. I think it’s a typical f’n blogspot error. I’ll try again later and I’ll link to it then.
LATER: Blogspot is working, sorta. But I think this is the link. If not, screw it. I hate f’n blogspot. Anyway, just go to the front page and scroll down to the post titled “Passing it on.” That’s the post to which I’m referring.
UPDATE: Here’s the original post from Raymond S. Kraft at Mostly Cajun. Go to.