Wednesday, July 25, 2007

The Timelessness Of Solzhenitsyn

The context of his 1978 words should be obvious, but allow me to leave no room for misinterpretation (via AmSpecBlog):

However, the most cruel mistake occurred with the failure to understand the [Iraq] war. Some people sincerely wanted all wars to stop just as soon as possible; others believed that there should be room for national, or [Islamist], self-determination in [Iraq], or in [Afghanistan], as we see today with particular clarity. But members of the U.S. anti-war movement wound up being involved in the betrayal of [Middle] Eastern nations, in a genocide and in the suffering today imposed on [fifty] million people there. Do those convinced pacifists hear the moans coming from there? Do they understand their responsibility today? Or do they prefer not to hear?

The American Intelligentsia lost its [nerve] and as a consequence thereof danger has come much closer to the United States. But there is no awareness of this. Your shortsighted politicians who signed the hasty [Iraq] capitulation seemingly gave America a carefree breathing pause; however, a hundredfold [Iraq] now looms over you. That small [Iraq] had been a warning and an occasion to mobilize the nation's courage. But if a full-fledged America suffered a real defeat from a small [Islamist terrorist gang], how can the West hope to stand firm in the future?

Brother, is George Santayana a prophet or what?