They’re not

VDH simply won’t accept the reality:

A controversial and costly war continues, in part so as to give Arab Muslims the sort of freedom the West takes for granted; but at precisely the time that the public increasingly is tired of Middle Eastern madness. In short, America believes that the entire region is not worth the bones of a single Marine.

It isn’t. Give the Arab Muslims democracy and they’ll vote in the jihad. Dependably. This is easily verified fact. The utter stupidity of the neocons and their idiotic World Democratic Revolution is likely going to be revealed this summer, when the Turkish military stages its fourth post-Ataturk military coup in order to prevent Turkish democracy from bringing the Islamist government chosen by the will of the people to power.

For once, the Democrats in Congress are correct. The war in Iraq is over, done, kaput. The secular jihad for democracy is a failure, as it was always bound to be.

And it should be clear to even those who still support the war that it does not have the support of most of the American people, so it can’t be fought successfully even if it was a good idea. I don’t see it as a complete disaster, though, at least the concept of democracy has taken a pretty serious credibility hit around the globe, and pragmatist Republicans have all but self-eviscerated themselves by demonstrating how inherently self-destructive it is for conservatives to follow their lead.

Finally, the war has also given strong winds to the anti-immigration movement, which Romney admitted yesterday is the most powerful issue in politics today, despite the media doing its best to sweep it under a rug of bipartisan accord.

Now, Bane and the gung ho brigade are correct in one sense, there will very likely be a serious, trans-global war with the jihad one day; this present conflict will be accounted a mere skirmish leading up to it. But the time to fight it is not now, as it would have been far better to get the immigration issue sorted out and wait for events in Europe to create the environment for the sort of alliance between the secularists and Christendom that is capable of winning such a war.

We haven’t seen anything yet, on either side. I fully expect big bombs in big cities, ethnic and religious cleansing on a much larger scale than in Bosnia and significantly more excitement than anyone intelligent would like to see. By jumping the gun in the hopes of establishing a secular beachhead in the Middle East, the Commander-in-Chief has put us in a worse position than we would have been had he instead begun more circumspect preparations for the coming global conflict.

UPDATE: An interesting perspective. I don’t think the goals of the neocons were achievable in any event, but it’s an interesting read nonetheless:

Iraq is America’s Valmy. America’s generals have been checked by a form of war that they did not prepare for and do not understand. They spent the years following the 1991 Gulf War mastering a system of war without thinking deeply about the ever changing nature of war. They marched into Iraq having assumed without much reflection that the wars of the future would look much like the wars of the past. Those few who saw clearly our vulnerability to insurgent tactics said and did little to prepare for these dangers.

Selfish genetics

Feminists decide they aren’t so keen on that whole evolution thing after all:

Note that his child is valuable because she loves him unconditionally and because she is genetically close to him. In other words, her value as a human being is contingent on him. And that’s exactly why his wife doesn’t matter as much.

That’s a incorrect characterization. The child is more valuable to the father because she possesses his genetics, this says nothing about relative values as human beings. This is precisely as it should be according to the Selfish Gene theory popularized by Richard Dawkins. On what possible grounds can Feministe object to any of this, given that it’s merely evolutionary biology in action?

And I give full credit to the man for telling his wife that if she aborted his child, he would divorce her. I certainly wouldn’t remain married to such a monster myself, any more than I’d stay with a psychopath who crept out at night to torture and kill puppies and kittens.

Women who pay others to kill their unborn children are evil, inhuman monsters, more disgusting and contemptible than any National Socialist death camp worker or Maoist Red Guard.

Calling a feminist a feminazi is an insult to the German National Socialist Workers Party.

Attention all feminists who wish to threaten not to marry or have sex with Mr. Day, the line forms on the right. Those wishing to express gratitude that they are not married to Mr. Day, please line up on the left. Those who find themselves nauseous or faint-headed should retire to the parlor where various buckets and couches have been prepared for your convenience.

Mr. Day shall strive to do his utmost to survive his disappointment at his limited marital and sexual prospects.

The education of Cosmos

And so we see what was always clear from the start, Cosmos simply doesn’t have any idea what he’s talking about and is lurching wildly about due to his intellectual foundation of historical ignorance. This ignorance really isn’t his fault, most people are astonishingly so these days and it’s hard to know what you don’t know when you know nothing.

However, only a fool persists in continually demonstrating his ignorance rather than choosing to learn from those who demonstrably possess the knowledge that he lacks.

No, I don’t thnk the lethality of the inquistion is irrelevent. If only 2 people died or suffered as a result it would never have been recorded.

But what results from an organized attempt at killing, torture and the imposition of suffering and persecutioin is significant?

You seem to know what level would make it insignificant. I’d be curious to know what level you think makes it significant.

For me, I’ll go with 10,000 deaths at the hand of a torturing christian makes it “significant”.

I quote myself: “The 763-page report states that approximately 1,250 sentences of death were meted out, around one percent of the 125,000 heresy trials, over a period of 356 years. Accounting for population differences, it was thus about one-half as deadly on an annual basis as children’s bicycles in the United States. (This is about one-quarter of the 6,000 deaths usually estimated by academic historians, however the larger number refers to the entire [set of] Inquisition[s], not only the Spanish.)”

True, 3.51 deaths per year are more than two, but arguably not enough more to put the Spanish Inquisition on par with the Holocaust, the Holodomor, the Killing Fields or the Great Leap Forward. The myth of the dread Inquisitor owes more to Dostoevsky and “The Brothers Karamazov” than to any historical documentation; it should not be necessary to point out that basing one’s view of history on a piece of fiction, however classic, is unlikely to yield particularly accurate results.

Uneducated little boys
Should stick to playing with their toys,
Lest they show how history
Remains to them a mystery.

For by his own open admission,
The nature of the Inquisition
Was not at all significant,
Which means once more he’ll have to front.

Little though it will avail,
We have all seen right through his veil.
And so the puppy slinks away
Wet and wearing Eau Vox Day.

Richard Dawkins sings

A campfire song for those few children not being abused who will be attending Vacation Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life Camp this summer.

I have decided to follow Darwin
I have decided to follow Darwin
I have decided to follow Darwin
No turning back, no turning back

No God above me, I’m just a monkey
No Hell below me, I’m a damn monkey
I think I’ll hit that junk in the trunkee
No turning back, that’s bloody whack

Though none go with me, still I will follow
There is no good no evil or sorrow
Morality we’ll just have to borrow
So watch out Jack, don’t turn your back

I have decided to follow Darwin
I have decided to follow Darwin
I have decided to follow Darwin
Don’t turn your back, monkeys attack

The highlight of the camp is the big Tug of Natural Selection at the end of the week, after which the winners take turns distributing their selfish genes among the girls on the losing side.

Fun is had by all!