My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Why we're losing....

An excellent column by Jonathan Kay in the National Post.
We can lecture the Muslim world till we're blue in the face about freedom of speech and pluralism. But why should they listen? At the end of the day, war and politics are both about mobilization. A couple of blunt words from the Pope or some cartoons published in an obscure European newspaper are apparently enough to get mobs of angry Islamists into the street. But here in the West, we can't even come up with the few thousand extra troops needed to finish off a war we thought we'd already won. We're fat and lazy. The enemy is mean and hungry.


Blogger Joanne (True Blue) said...

I thought that was a great editorial too. Kinda sums it all up.

The column ended up on a somewhat optimistic note though. Interesting scenario, but we probably won't be around to see it.

9:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mean and hungry. But not really going anywhere. Osama has been unable to strike a second time at the US in 5 years. Jihadis are killing a lot of people in Iraq, but to no discernible purpose. The Taliban are "winning" in Afstan in the same sense that Nasrallah "won" in Lebanon - by surviving. Sure, things could be better; but they could also be worse. It isn't obvious that we are losing the war against terror in the short run, and in the long term even JK admits that the jihadis' prospects are not especially attractive.

9:24 PM  

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