For bringing us scenes like this.
Orson Scott Card has yet another excellent article.
Here’s the story we need to tell:
Every action of Al-Qaeda is part of Osama’s cynical plan to become the Caliph of Islam. He is persuading young Muslim men to kill themselves in order to further his own climb to absolute power over all Muslims, and then (he hopes) over the whole world.
These young Muslim men, Osama says, are “martyrs,” but every Muslim knows that martyrs are killed by the enemy, not self-murdered in order to kill innocents.
Because they believe Osama’s teachings, these young men cut themselves off from a lifetime of service to God, a lifetime of fathering children who would grow up to serve God. Instead they die in service of Osama’s ambition.
They are, in effect, suffering the same fate as the eunuchs who served as loyal slaves in the court of the Sultan in Istanbul. Cut off from the hope of having families of their own, their lives were spent in the service of Sultans who claimed to be religious leaders but were really nothing more than vicious exploiters and oppressors of the Muslim people.
It is a cruel trick that Osama plays on these brave young men. He takes their faith in God and their willingness to die in the service of Islam, and he twists their beliefs so that instead of serving God and following the Koran, they give up their own families and defy God in order to make themselves eunuchs in Osama’s future palace.
The same can be said of the Palestinian suicide bombers, only they are eunuchs for Yasser Arafat, whose ambitions are as small as his mind: They are dying so that Yasser can be dictator of Palestine. At least you have to give Osama credit for grandiosity.
Why do you think Iran is not just developing nuclear weapons, but proclaiming that they are doing so? Because the ayatollahs are jealous of Osama and want to do something to take the leadership of radical Islam back from him. They also encourage and train young men to kill themselves in order to murder non-Muslims — all in the service of their own ambition.
But ultimately, all these self-murdering “heroes” are not martyrs at all, they are victims of the trickery of ambitious, selfish, ruthless men.
That is the story that we must tell, over and over again. And, unlike the vile stories they tell about American motives, this story has the great advantage of being obviously and relentlessly true.
Telling this story is not enough, of course. We must also show that we are relentless in our pursuit of these ruthless enemies of civilization, and that we will allow them no shelter. The combination of our true story and their endless series of defeats will, eventually, be this:
They will no longer be able to persuade young Muslim men to become eunuchs in the service of their ambition.
—Orson Scott Card – Civilization Watch
Earlier today Mayor George McKelvey, Democratic mayor of Youngstown, Ohio, announced his endorsement of President George W. Bush in his reelection bid.
“Although I have never publicly endorsed a presidential candidate, the significance of this election – an election which I view as the most important of my lifetime – has motivated me to acknowledge my support for President Bush.
“I support President Bush’s proactive approach to the war on terror. He has demonstrated the strong leadership necessary to strengthen our national security. He understands that the war on terror is a war we must win to protect our freedom, for our children, grand children and great grandchildren.
“I support President Bush because I believe that our economy is experiencing a recovery, and that it will continue to improve. It is unfair, at best, to blame President Bush for the devastating impact 9-11 had on the American marketplace. Furthermore, I cannot agree with those who criticize a tax policy which allows the American people to keep more of their own money, allowing them, not the government, to decide how to best spend their money,” McKelvey said.
He continued, “Senator Kerry reminds me of the traditional politician who will say anything you want to hear to get elected… This Democrat is proud to call President Bush his friend, and honored to have the opportunity to work with him on his reelection as president of the United States of America.”
I suppose you could most likely add him to the list of “nonexistent” people who voted for Gore but will now be voting for President Bush.
Brian brings us this lovely post in which he makes it known that anybody who doesn’t support Kerry isn’t welcome in his Democratic Party. Heaven forbid people should decide based on the issues and not simply pick the person at the head of your party’s ticket. To quote The Simpsons, “The Leader is good, The Leader is great! We surrender our will as of this date!”
Just got my hands on some Reese’s Inside Outs and they’re everything I was told they would be.
–Addendum– On a semi-related note, I’m not at all impressed with the gum in the new Ice Breakers Gum & Mints Dual Pack. I’ll just stick for the tin of mints from here on out. I also wish it were easier to find Eclipse Flash Strips at Krogers. All they ever seem to have are the Listerine ones and the taste of the Eclipse is just much better.