Sunday, August 13, 2006

How long will the blast of reality last?

Some of the commentary pieces in today’s broadsheets certainly confirm the gathering sense of the past week that, after the foiled terrorist attacks, the kid gloves have finally come off. Falling to Confront the Enemy Within, the leading article in The Business, is mirrored with only slightly less force by that of the Sunday Times (The Enemy Within), but both are superb in their clear-headed analysis of the situation. Indeed there is an air of exasperation in both, a sense that the time has come to speak a truth that most of us in our heart of hearts know to be true, that we should stop making pathetic excuses and face hard reality.

We can only hope that this is a real sea-change. For increasing numbers of us, a terrorist atrocity brings with it a double horror - first, of the appalling act itself, and second, of the supine, self-hating appeasement with which it is inevitably dealt with by our media and cultural elites.

It’s instructive to read in conjunction with these pieces the cover article by Sarah Baxter in the Sunday Times News Review – Wimmin at War. In looking back at the Greenham Common protests in which she took part, she bemoans the current failure of the Feminist movement to speak out on Islamist fundamentalism, and condemns the way in which much of the left have found it so easy to walk side-by-side with Islamofacists, Hezbollah and other assorted virulent anti-Semites. But in there too is a retrospective admission that much of the ‘Peace’ movement during the Cold War was unbelievably credulous, indeed soft, on the then Soviet Union, and all too ready to see the fault as being with the West.

This is something which of course seemed obvious to so many of us at the time, and it’s gratifying to hear the truth told by one who was involved in the movement. But there are exact parallels with our current situation. The response of our elites to the threat of Islamic fundamentalism shows all too clearly the part that Lenin’s ‘useful idiots’ continue to play in the attack on the West. Now if anything there is even more at stake.


Sunday Times's Leading article http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2088-2310296,00.html
Sarah Baxter's article http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2092-2309812,00.html
The Business http://www.thebusinessonline.com/Stories.aspx?Failing%20to%20confront%20the%20enemy%20within&StoryID=7F974379-D91B-4780-A410-775F06D95B04&SectionID=803597D7-4BD5-45D5-BF88-E1AC85BF7FDF


Prodicus said...

The 'peace' movement of the Cold War years was Communist-inspired, but cleverly, so that it attracted genuine peace-niks. The same thinking lay behind it as in the days of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact; the British Left only changed sides when Hitler invaded the USSR, which rather revealed where their collective heart lay. (There are modern parallels.) Suddenly, war was not wrong and peace was not to be given a chance. Once WW2 was over, the Left reverted to its original aim: to discredit the whole concept of defence in the West. They have, to an extent, succeeded. And - culturally - on more than fronts than this. I have no confidence whatever that, should a war come, we would be able to draft an army, and an absolute certainty that there is no possibility of a volunteer army. I even have a slight fear that those currently plotting mass murder would engage in actual sabotage. The reason I fear all this lies in the cultural degradation of this country and the West in general, and most of all, of the mass media. (And you're not paranoid if they really are out to get you.)

David S. Taylor said...

Might I recommend a further excellent commentary on this issue by Irish historian and journalist Ruth Dudley Edwards which appeared in Dublin's Sunday Independent (13th August 2006).

A lucid account of a worrying phenomenon, articulated in good plain language!


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