What follows was received as a comment to the preceding post, World War III, from my friend The Windjammer. I decided to post it because it is at least as relevant as my original post. The Windjammer has a longer historical perspective than I, and has some truly valuable things to say on the subject:
You are correct, of course.
I was there for WWII, albeit a bit young for the early stages, and there is no way that I could tell you when the big one actually started. It may have been ca 1930 when that crackpot genius we call Hitler held a thuse meeting in a beer garden in Munich. I suspect by that time it was well under way, although nobody fully understood just what he had in mind and shoved him into a remote corner of our collective minds and wrote him off as a raving maniac. Almost everyone who was alive at that time knows about when the fireworks started, but those were only a direct result of our failure to nip it in the bud, as Barney might have said.
The terrorists have been demonstrating to all of us both here and abroad exactly what they have in mind, but because of a reluctance or some other psychological phenomenon we as a world people fail to read the messages. There has been terrorist activity in Afghanistan, Bali, Chechnya, Egypt, England, France, Gaza (O.K., so it's only a strip), Germany, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Nigeria, Pakistan, The Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Somalia (now essentially under the control of terrorists), Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Thailand and the Good Ol' U.S. of A. I realize that list isn't complete, but it should give even the most obtuse skeptic sufficient evidence that the threat of terrorism is truly global. I suspect one reason that so many have failed to connect the dots is the fact that terrorism comes with so many unusual and unholy names which the perpetrators have tried to make sound holy. The various groups which practice terrorism hide behind those appellations in order to create confusion among the enemy which is all of the rest of us. The system has worked remarkably well.
Despite the variations, the whole is tied together in one objective. If there is any person alive who does not know what that objective is, he just hasn't been paying attention or has been listening too much and too long to the left-wing media.
The present dominant process of engaging the world in a universal conflict was started several years back. I am not sure whether it was during the eighth century when the Moors (read that Saracens) invaded Spain or whether it was during the twentieth. It certainly wasn't the twenty-first. I suspect that if any historian would admit it, he doesn't know for sure either.
There are literally billions of us (humans, that is) today who believe that if we close our eyes and ears, the evil will go away. History tells us that isn't the way it works.
I believe whole-heartedly that William Sherman was only partially right when he said, "I am sick and tired of war. It's glory is all moonshine...War is Hell." He should have added, "War is a Hell of a way to settle anything."
If every lunatic on the planet who harbors an uncontrollable desire to dominate the rest of us for whatever reason would understand that, we wouldn't have so many.
There are still a few of us who don't want to be dominated and will raise Holy Ned to avoid it.
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