July 12, 2007

If You Had Doubts About Inherent Evil...

A big part of the problem with the waning support for the war in Iraq is that people truly not believe in the existence of abject evil. This should dispel your doubts but I know it won't. We find solace in self delusion believing that evil is merely the product of disgruntled individuals who are misunderstood with the exception of the truly wicked whose wickedness we attribute to mental illness.

Victor Davis Hanson is a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and professor emeritus at California University currently writing for the National Review.

I quote from Hanson's article in the National Review pertaining to an incident chronicled in Michael Yon's Graphic Descriptions From Iraq pertaining to the tactics of Al Queda.

"The official reported that on a couple of occasions in Baqubah, al Qaeda invited to lunch families they wanted to convert to their way of thinking. In each instance, the family had a boy, he said, who was about 11-years-old. As LT. David Wallach interpreted the man's words, I saw Wallach go blank and silent. He stopped interpreting for a moment. I asked Wallach, "What did he say?" Wallach said that at these luncheons, the families were sat down to eat. And then their boy was brought in with his mouth stuffed. The boy had been baked. Al Qaeda served the boy to his family."

Hanson's conclusion is the point of this commentary.

"What is striking about all this savagery"—writes Hanson--"is that it is hard to recall an enemy so savage and yet one so largely ignored by rich, affluent and distracted elites as the radical jihadists…"

Speaking for the liberal elites of the West hanson writes, "For a self-congratulatory culture issuing moral lectures on everything from global warming to the dangers of smoking, the silence of the West toward the primordial horror from Gaza to Anbar is, well, horrific in its own way as well."

Honestly, there isn't anything else I need to say except that the Bible affirms the truth of human evil--after all, God destroyed all the living on earth once (except for Noah), and there is another day coming of like horror.


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