Friday, June 04, 2010

Horror Is the Weapon. Can the West Prevail?

According to "Spengler", it's not "terror" but "horror, or 'the pity of war,' in the words of Wilfred Owen.

The grand vulnerability of the Western mind is horror. The Nazis understood this and pursued a policy des Schreckens (to cause horror) and Entsetzens (terror, literally: dislodgement). Horror was not merely an instrument of war in the traditional sense, but a form of Wagnerian theater, or psychological warfare on the grand scale. was not military setbacks, but the horrific images of Vietnamese civilians burned by napalm, that lost the war. America’s experience in the war is enshrined in popular culture in the film Apocalypse Now, modeled after Joseph Conrad's story, The Heart of Darkness. The Belgian trading company official, Paul Kurtz, sinks into bestiality and dies with these words: ‘The horror! The horror!’ It was a dreadful film, but a clever reference. At the close of World War I, T S Eliot subtitled his epitaph for Western civilization, “The Hollow Men,” with a quote from the Conrad story: ‘Mr Kurtz, he dead.’

After Goldberg describes GWB's "democracy campaign" as a failure (it is) and tells us that it was the Russian Shchransky's idea, he moves to the next chapter.

Cleaning up the mess left by the Bush administration and exacerbated by the Obama administration will be unspeakably horrible. If simpering, cowardly Western opinion turns green at the nine corpses on the Mavi Marmara, consider what will happen if Iran obtains nuclear weapons. Iran intends to use nuclear weapons as a shield for aggressive unconventional warfare in Iraq, Gaza, and Lebanon, and perhaps also in northern Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.

Will the West have the intestinal fortitude to prevail as the Muslims utilize horror to cow us?

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