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Jason Holliston
 
Friday, June 04, 2004  
Bill Whittle's "Strength"

There's not going to be much analysis or opinion today, due to spending all my free time yesterday and today reading Bill Whittle's essay entitled, "Strength". If you're not away of his site, Eject! Eject! Eject!, then you're truly missing out on one of the great essayists on the Internet today. Like many of the best minds fighting in the political blogosphere today, he's a former liberal, whose questions about his worldview before 9/11 were given a rather violent push over to the Other Side. His latest essay covers a wide variety of topics, but centers upon the need for the people of America to find their inner strength concerning the War on Terror. The terrorists aren't fighting to beat our troops -- they know that's essentially impossible -- but fighting the American heart. They know the only way they can win is by us giving up.

A warning: this essay is very long: it clocks in at 27 pages and about 14,000 words. It's worth every second of your time, though. Some highlights:

Because we, the American people, are the only ones who can decide whether or not to give up in failure and defeat or carry on to the victory of a free and stable Iraq, we find we ourselves -- the common, average American -- are to be the battleground. We are the soldiers. We are the weapons. We are the targets of the enemy strategy. Our hearts, our spirit -- that is the front line. All the players know this, too. This is our war, more than it is the Marines or Al Quaeda's.

Our war. Ours.


And...

Finally, consider this: Muslims are angrily at war with Buddhists in East Asia. Muslims are at enraged with Animists in Africa. Of course, none of this approaches the sheer hatred that Muslims bear towards Hindus in the South Asia peninsula. And this foaming hatred blanches compared to the white-hot fury Muslims feel to the Christian American Crusaders. And this fury is but a candle to the incandescent, boiling, supernova of murder they feel toward the Jews.

And...

If you genuinely, honestly believe you can compare George Bush to Adolph Hitler, it is only because you are so removed from exposure to the genuine horrors of the Nazi regime -- routine street beatings, confiscation and destruction of businesses, homes and property, then deportation and extermination of millions of your own countrymen -- that you are functionally incapable of the most basic and fundamental level of discrimination. If you can compare Abu Ghraib to a Nazi death camp with a straight face then you have never been to Abu Ghraib, or a Nazi death camp, or either -- that is patently obvious, and it would be comically so if the stakes were not so monumentally high. Having never been exposed to genuine evil, you have literally no conception whatsoever of what it looks and smells and tastes like.

When his book comes out (a collection of his essays), I'll be first in line.

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