Thursday, May 03, 2007
Robespierre was invulnerable, too, until he wasn't.
DRAGON'S TEETH REDUX. If Americans-In-Denial, Inc.(make up your own acronym), could stop thinking about Global Warming for a second and focus on the Islamists who want to cut their heads off, they might actually discover what they don't think is there -- a way to defeat these medieval barbarians and have a good time doing it, too.
Yesterday, Drudge linked an item he probably considered a wry distraction from the truly momentous events of the day, like the $120 billion Reid-Pelosi non-aggression pact with al qaeda, but it was an item we should all pay very close attention to. Fortunately for American attention spans, it was accompanied by a picture.
Here's the gist:
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been accused of indecency after he publicly embraced and kissed on the hand an elderly woman who used to be his schoolteacher.
At a ceremony on Tuesday ahead of Iranian teachers' day, Mr Ahmadinejad was photographed and filmed by state media stooping to kiss the woman's hand and then clasping her arms in an embrace.
The ultra-conservative Hezbollah newspaper, which is not related to the group in Lebanon of the same name, criticised him on the front page.
"The Muslim Iranian people have no recollection of such acts contrary to sharia law during Islamic rule [since the 1979 revolution]," it said.
"This type of indecency progressively has grave consequences, like violating religious and sacred values."
No, Ahdumjihad is not going to be deposed because he kissed the hand of an aged woman. But we have been given a glimpse of the Achilles heel shared by all true believers -- the penchant for schism based on ideological hair-splitting.
Members of the U.S. Congress have been responsible for battling muslim terrorism for more than five years now, and most of them still have no idea what the difference might be between Sunni and Shia flavors of Islam. The boldest of them -- bold in rhetorical terms only, needless to say -- call for an Islamic Reformation to vitiate the blood lust they'd find alarming if they really believed there was a terrorist threat associated with jihadists who keep proclaiming their desire to kill every Christian and Jew on earth. What they've missed in all their years of not reading up on the religion of peace is that the Reformation they yearn for is already ancient history. The Sunni and Shia denominations of Islam represent a schism more profound than the one between Lutherans and Roman Catholics. And the Wahhabi spin-off of the Sunnis is even more psychotic than the Calvinist nonsense that spawned Oliver Cromwell and the Presbyterians. This is important information. Information we could use to our advantage if we weren't so damned superior to the whole idea of religion in the first place.
How so? The entire western propaganda effort to "win hearts and minds" in the Islamic world is misdirected. We waste time and money trying to convince them we mean them no harm and have much to offer if they'll just play nice. All that's accomplished by such appeals to absent logic is cementing their focus on us as the common enemy that prevents the inevitable ideological cannibalism from occurring. The correct mission for western propaganda is to ignore the west altogether, forget Judaism and Christianity, and inflame the existing conflicts among the most devout of muslims. Goad them to become even more extreme in their definitions of what it means to be true to the message of the Prophet. The CIA doesn't need savvy political operatives; it needs demonically shrewd theologians who can catalyze the explosion of Islam into hundreds of fanatical splinter denominations. Then we can stand aside and watch as they tear themselves to pieces in an orgy of religiosity.
I know you lefties are scratching your heads. Unless you actually believe in God, it's impossible to understand what people can do, for good and ill, in the name of God. You think all the religious talk is merely code for their frustration with western economic and military oppression. You're wrong. But I won't debate that with you today. Instead, I'll give you an analogy you can understand. Politics. Politics like yours, in fact. Idealistic, utopian, so ultra-rational as to make ideas into weapons of mass destruction. Think Marx, Lenin, and Trotsky. Intellectuals so brilliant and cerebral that the only right answer becomes an icepick in the ear.
Better yet, think French. Think of the Directorate under Robespierre in the French Revolution. Think of the rage you feel when you turn on one of your own who has compromised one of your most sacred ideological principles. Think Lieberman. What you were prepared to do to him is precisely what landed Robespierre in the jaws of the Guillotine. He was a true believer so true that he inevitably became a target for those who envied his power and therefore came to view his power as a proof of hypocrisy, of blasphemy. Ultimately, there was no test of egalitarian humility Robespierre could pass. It cost him his head.
That's the opportunity we're describing for the Islamic revolutionaries and their utopian vision of sharia. The imams try to remain anonymous in order to reinforce a fake image of humility. But they are not humble. With every edict and decree they make themselves rivals of Muhammed himself. And every theological disagreement they have with each other is a crack into which we can drive wedges.
The more power Ahdumjihad accumulates, the bigger a target he becomes for the imams of every conceivable Islamic sect. Eventually he, too, will have his climactic confrontation with an icepick or a steel blade. Like Robespierre, his political power is synonymous with a continual threat to his own life.
Our mission is to exacerbate that threat. And to wield an ideological hammer that will shatter the adolescent cult called Islam into a million dysfunctional pieces.
Remember and savor this scene, with Ahdumjihad in mind:
Robespierre's turn had come at last. By fawning upon the people he had become their idol, and this will happen to any man who declaims against the rich, causing the people to hope for a division of the spoils. Through the populace, he ruled the Jacobin Club; through the Jacobin Club, the Convention and through the Convention, France. He dictated decrees and directed the administration. Nothing was done except by his orders or with his approval. His caprices were flattered, and his very manias were praised. The tribunal beheaded those he designated without investigation. His power seemed too terrible to his accomplices as it did to his victims. A number had been sacrificed already and others feared the same fate. They banded together to pull down the idol they themselves had set up.
[The committee of general security] ordered that he [Robespierre] be taken to the prison of the Conciergerie. His trial was short. On the following day he was guillotined, together with Saint-Just, Couthon, and his other accomplices. It was quite a distance from the Palais de Justice to the scaffold, and the immensity of the long Rue Saint-Honore had to be traversed. Along the whole course, the people pursued Robespierre with hoots and maledictions. He had been given a conspicuous place in the tumbril, his face half covered by a dirty, bloodstained cloth which enveloped his jaw. It may be said that this man, who had brought so much anguish to others, suffered during these twenty-four hours all the pain and agony that a mortal can experience.
The death mask of AhdumjihadRobespierre, decapitated.
But, excuse me. There is no threat from Islamic terrorists. I forgot. Forgive me.