Tuesday, November 29, 2016

If You Want to Understand Evil, Read This

Via the Washington Post, here's an essay that gives us a very clear picture of what we in the civilized world, are up against. 

You should read the whole thing, but there are two points I want to highlight here. 

The first, concerns the murder of Daniel Pearl. 

Here's how it went down: 

"What is it like to stare into the face of evil? James E. Mitchell knows.

"In his gripping new memoir, “Enhanced Interrogation: Inside the Minds and Motives of the Islamic Terrorists Trying To Destroy America,” Mitchell describes the day he was questioning Khalid Sheik Mohammed, when the 9/11 mastermind announced he had something important to say. “KSM then launched into a gory and detailed description of how he beheaded Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl,” Mitchell writes. 

"Up to that moment, the CIA did not know KSM had personally carried out the murder. When asked whether it was “hard to do” (meaning emotionally difficult), KSM misunderstood the question. “Oh, no, no problem,” KSM said, “I had very sharp knives. Just like slaughtering sheep.

"To confirm his story, the CIA had KSM reenact the beheading so that it could compare the features of his hands and forearms to those in the video of Pearl’s murder. “Throughout the reenactment, KSM smiled and mugged for the cameras. Sometimes he preened,” Mitchell writes. When informed that the CIA had confirmed that he was telling the truth, KSM smiled."

See, I told you,” KSM said. “I cut Daniel’s throat with these blessed hands.”

In summary: This is a culture that sacralizes barbarity and murder. 

And ironically, it is this culture of savagery that has a more nuanced understanding of the battle fatigue of the West. 

Who will win this war? The barbarian remains (rightly) confident, or at least rightly confident under the Obama regime. Perhaps the tides are beginning to change now (see Brexit, and Trump victory).

We will win because Americans don’t realize . . . we do not need to defeat you militarily; we only need to fight long enough for you to defeat yourself by quitting.”

Shame on anyone who doesn't make it their life's mission to prove him wrong.