Note: I am 100%
againt the war in Iraq, and see it as a war for oil and Israel
against a country that 1) did not have weapons of mass destruction
(as Israel, the U.S., China, Pakistan, South Korea, and Russia do) and 2)
did not threaten the United States in any way. It is my belief that the American
penchant to meddle in the affairs of others, including the support of Israel
at the expense of the Palestinians (the true cause of Muslim aggression against
the United States in particular), is extremely misguided, evil, and brings
about nothing but bad. We will not remain a great country (or recover that
status, rather) until we learn to mind our own business! These are my personal
opinions, not Catholic dogma -- but they are opinions formed by traditional
Catholic social teaching, including teaching concerning respect for the principle
of subsidiarity, Natural Law, and the criteria necessary for a just war.
However, I am under no delusions about the nature of Islam, which
this article sums up well. Christendom and Islam do not mix, and
Rabbinical Judaism and Christendom do not mix.
We ignore these truths at our own peril.
Sunday, April 4,
News Herald, Panama City, FL
By Phil Lucas
If straight talk of savagery offends you, if you believe in ethnic and gender
diversity but not diversity of thought or if you think there is an acceptable
gray area between good and evil, then turn to the funny pages, and take the
This piece is not for you.
We published pictures Thursday of burnt American corpses hanging from an
Iraqi bridge behind a mob of grinning Muslims.
Some readers didnt like it.
Mothers said it frightened their children. A woman who works with Muslim
physicians thought it might offend or endanger them.
Well, we sure dont want to frighten, offend or endanger anybody, do
we? Thats just too much diversity to handle. I mean, somebody might
We could fill the newspaper every morning with mobs of fanatical Muslims.
They cant get along with their neighbors on much of the planet: France,
Chechnya, Bosnia, Indonesia, Spain, Morocco, India, Tunisia, Somalia, etc.
etc. etc. Can anybody name three ongoing world conflicts in which Muslims
are not involved? Today, where there is war, there are fanatical Muslims.
We might quibble about who started what conflicts, but look at the sheer
number of them.
One thing is sure. Muslim killers started the one we are in now when they
slaughtered more than 3,000 people, including fellow Muslims, in New York
Madeline Albright, the former secretary of state and feckless appeaser who
helped get us into this mess, said last week Muslims still resented the Crusades.
Well, Madame Albright, if Westerners were not such a forgiving people, we
might resent them too.
Lets recap the Crusades. Muslims invaded Europe and when they reached
sufficient numbers they imposed their intolerant religion upon Westerners
by force. Christian monarchs drove them back and took the battle to their
homeland. The fight lasted a couple of centuries, and we bottled them up
for 1,000 years.
Now, a millennium later, Muslims have expanded forth again. Ask France. Ask
England. Ask Manhattan. Two-and-a-half years ago fanatical Muslims laid siege
to us. We woke up to the obvious. Our president announced it would be a very
long war, then took the battle to the Islamic homeland. Sound familiar?
Lets consider the concept of a long war. Last time it was
200 years, give or take.
Anybody catch Lord of the Rings? You know, the good part, the part that
wasnt fiction, the part that drew us to the books and movies because
it was the truest part: the titanic struggle between good and evil, between
freedom and enslavement, between the individual and the state, between the
celebration of life and the worshipping of death.
Thats the fight we are in, and it never ends. It just has peaks and
There may be a silent majority of peaceful Muslims some live here
but that did not save 3,000 people in the World Trade Centers, the
millions gassed and butchered in the Middle East, the tens of thousands slain
in Eastern Europe and Asia, the hundreds blown to bits in the West Bank and
Spain, or the four Americans shot, burned and hung like sausage over the
Euphrates as a fanatical minority of Muslims did the joyful dance of death.
Maybe we are so tolerant, we are so bent on diversity, we are
so nonjudgmental, we are so wrapped up in our six-packs and ballgames that
our brains have drained to our bulbous behinds. Maybe were so addled
on Ritalin we wouldnt know which end of a gun to hold. Maybe we need
a new drug advertised on TV every three minutes, one that would help us grow
It doesnt take a Darwin to figure out that in this world the smartest,
the fastest, the strongest, and the most committed always win. No exceptions.
Look at your spouse and children. Look at yourself in the mirror. Then look
at the pictures from the paper last Thursday. You better look at them. Those
are the people out to kill you.
Who do you think will win? You? Or them? Think you can take your ball and
go home and they will leave you alone? Read a little history. Start with
last week, last month, last year, and every other year back for half a century.
Then go back a thousand years. Nobody hides from this fight.
Like it or not, thats the way it was and thats the way it is.
But many Americans dont get it.
Thats why we published those pictures.
If they jarred you off the sofa, if they offended you, if they scared your
children and sent you into a rage at mass murderers or heartless editors,
then I say, its a start.