Are We Tired of Fighting?
The gradual betrayal of a once-robust conservative consensus.
June 4, 2013 - 12:18 am
Even a strong advocate of conservative causes, a brilliant historian and a loyal friend of Israel like Conrad Black does not seem to understand that the civilizational threat we are facing is not, as he claims in a recent interview with Newsmax, “radical Islam,” but Islam itself — for doctrinal Islam is nothing if not “radical.” (The merest perusal of Sura 9 of the Koran, Al-Tawba or “Repentance,” should be enough to send us to the barricades — or at any rate convince us to monitor the terror-spawning mosques, stop or drastically reduce Muslim immigration, and defang by law groups like CAIR, ISNA, the Muslim Students’ Association, and many others.) Black then ranges further afield, turning his attention to the many scandals that have engulfed the Obama administration, and in so doing reveals the ideological cataract occluding conservative insight. These scandals, he opines, would not be good for the U.S. “I don’t think this is, to be fair, a particularly scandalous administration,” he continues, “I don’t think it’s very successful, but I don’t think they’ve done anything that should cause the president to be under a moral cloud.”
Black’s myopia is both startling and symptomatic, not only with regard to Islam per se but to a demonstrably left-leaning, confiscatory, and pro-Islamic administration. Consider. Obama and his cohorts are not merely under a cloud, they are under a louring sky — the passing of the disastrous Obamacare legislation in the dead of night, the installation of the Rules of Engagement in Afghanistan at the cost of American lives, Fast and Furious, the move toward amnesty for millions of illegals, the Justice Department’s clandestine seizure of the telephone records of the Associated Press and Fox News, the IRS targeting of conservative groups, the DHS advising deference to Sharia proponents, the empowering of the Muslim Brotherhood both at home and abroad, the administration’s deliberate decision to allow undefended Americans to be killed and maimed in Benghazi, to cite only the most opprobrious embarrassments besetting this president.
Black has somehow got it wrong. The Obama bunch is one of the most blatantly scandalous administrations in the history of the American republic. Black concludes by deploring that “you have a prosecutorial glasnost — and it’s out of control.” It is surely passing strange that an historian of Black’s caliber should forget that the Russian word “glasnost” means “transparency,” a positive political quality and a campaign promise Obama solemnly made to the electorate and then reneged upon, creating possibly the most opaque administration we have ever seen. Perhaps Black’s travails at the hands of the American justice system have rendered him particularly sensitive to anything that resembles prosecutorial fury.
After the dispiriting performances of erstwhile luminaries like Pipes and Black, we must be grateful for the warriors among us who refuse to give an inch, stalwarts like Pam Geller, David Hornik, Valerie Price, Geert Wilders, Victor Davis Hanson, Brigitte Gabriel, Robert Spencer, Gavin Boby, Diana West, the two Andys (Bostom and McCarthy), Bruce Bawer, Caroline Glick, Thomas Sowell, the redoubtable David Horowitz, and a few dozen others, including a small contingent of former Muslims such as Nonie Darwish, Ibn Warraq, and Wafa Sultan. They constitute a definite minority among our intellectuals and journalists. As I wrote in an article titled “Saving the Neighborhood,” “Unlike our cultural elect, they refuse to pay Dane geld to a supple and formidable adversary.” But this does not disguise the fact that there has been a grievous maceration of the will among the conservative opposition to the “unholy alliance” between Islam and the left. It appears that, suffering from an advanced case of Olmerta, we are tired, not only of winning but of fighting. The upshot of our weakness was clearly spelled out for us in Jean Raspail’s premonitory novel The Camp of the Saints: the churches transformed into mosques, the fellow-traveling of the political class, the blind approval of the media, the usurpation of democratic institutions, and the final ignominy, namely, the inexorable death of a culture and a civilization.
Olmert and his multifarious ilk signify everything we must struggle resolutely to reject. We cannot allow ourselves to waver in our determination to resist the insidious psychological debilitation of lazy naivety and false comfort. If we want our enemies to become our friends, we had better make sure to defeat them thoroughly or at least intimidate them into compliance. But if we are tired of winning, then we had better get used to losing. And if we are tired of fighting, then it follows that we are tired of living and are merely dead men walking. Let conservatives take note. They are the last line of defense against a confident and insurgent antagonist.