I heard a liberal DJ -- a serious man, not a shock jock -- announce that America was healed from September 11, 2001 because no one cared about the anniversary in 2007. In fact, both Kanye West and 50 Cent released albums on September 11, 2007, and judging who was the King of Hip-Hop was more important to many people than remembering the terrorist attacks. The nation has healed so now it can move on. (And anyone who does not move on, one can infer, is psychologically unhealthy as he holds onto his grief.)
It must be nice to reduce complicated issues of foreign policy, war and the fate of our civilization to psychobabble. The wounds are healed! Move on! Don't think about it!
That's right, we can all stick our head back in the sand. Go back to sleep, the crisis is over.
It reminds me of the first scene in Apocalypse Now. Martin Sheen is spending his leave in a hotel room getting drunk. Growing soft. While Charlie is still out there in the jungle staying hard. Charlie doesn't take leave.
We don't have names like Charlie, Gook or Kraut for our current enemy -- that would be racist. We can kill the enemy, but we can't call him names. In fact, we can't name him at all. We refer to him by his tactic: terrorist.
Whatever his name is, the enemy is still out there. Like Charlie, he doesn't take leave. He doesn't grow soft. He doesn't lie to himself or forget his purpose. He knows he is at war.
Because we have not killed him, he will attack again. Those who want us to move on evade the fact that the enemy refuses to move on. As Trotsky said, you might not be interested in war, but war is interested in you.
But I don't want to disturb the left from its daydreams. Let them live on in their fuzzy cocoon. It has become obvious that Western Civilization has deteriorated in the last 60 years and we will have to win the current war without the help of the left. If the West continues to decline, perhaps the next war will see leftists picking up weapons with the enemy and shooting at us. I'm not too worried about this prospect; people who are so out of touch with reality can't be very good shots.