Gilbert Keith Chesterton
He Told Us So
~ ITEM: Mark Steyn: From ‘Let’s roll’ to ‘Let’s roll over’
~ ITEM: Chesterton on War and Peace: Battling the Ideas and Movements that Led to Nazism and World War II by G. K. Chesterton, Michael W. Perry and Winston S. Churchill
~ THE EVIL & UPPITY Infidel Prof, a.k.a. Dr. Mark Mercer of St. Mary’s U in Halifax, is a friend of this blog & blogger. He consistently sends along books from Teh Wishlist every three or four months– and the last dose were great. New translations of Iliad & Odyssey; the Penguin edition of The Life Of Alfred The Great; and the prize of them all, Chesterton on War and Peace.
Everybody must read them some GK Chesterton– he’s funny, smart, to the point, and usually gets to the obvious.. and stays there.. years ahead of anybody else. The Mark Steyn of his time, except (dare we say it) even better.
This book is a well-footnoted and appendixed edition of the best of his articles from the London Illustrated Weekly, before, during, and after The Great War, or WWI. He might as well be writing of 2011 as 1911.
Cometh Teh Steyn
Mark Steyn writes on the 10th anniversary of 9/11:
“..we commemorate an act of war as a “tragic event,” and we retreat to equivocation, cultural self-loathing, and utterly fraudulent misrepresentation about the events of the day. In the weeks after 9/11, Americans were enjoined to ask “Why do they hate us?” A better question is: “Why do they despise us?” And the quickest way to figure out the answer is to visit the Peace Quilt and the Wish Tree, the Crescent of Embrace and the Hole of Bureaucratic Inertia….”
In World War I, it was called Appeasement: peace at any price, even surrender. Appease Teutonism & military aggression & atrocities and treaty-breaking and land-invading, even if it meant the fall of Britain and the democratic West, and embracing every lie and half-truth from the German government. Any price would be high enough, as Chesterton pointed out of the logical consequence of appeasing the enemy.
The main thing Chesterton pointed out was this: militarily aggressive Prussianism was the real heart of the conflict. The German super-raced was destined to rule over all others. If this was not humiliated, defeated, and stabbed through the heart as a national ideology in World War I, it was only a matter of time before it rose anew to plague the world. He was writing in 1915 an onwards about that.. while German Corporal Adolf Hitler was busy in the trenches, not yet on a national stage.
The Fuhrer In The Making
England and America won the military side of that first war, but not the essential part. So, twenty years later, an even more demonic form of Prussianism metastasized across Europe, cooperating with racialist Imperial Japan, and a truly global world war began. And all that, despite years of denial and slavish appeasement from the Western powers. Imagine.
Cometh The Airliner-Bombs
Post 9/11 (otherwise known as 1993 WTC Attack, Part Deux), with “Let’s Roll” by Neil Young, and Paul McCartney’s “Freedom” (both later semi-recanted as The Usual Multi-Culti Cowardice re-asserted itself), American political and religious and other differences were left aside– the United States was bloodied, and the human ash was still sifting down the streets of Manhattan. So okay, the songs weren’t great, but they were something.
Sadly, suckled on Soviet money and post-Vietnam angst, the appeasing spirit has not ceased from that day to this– we deserved it, why do they hate us, more dialogue. It’s sucking up to the Kaiser & moral insanity all over again.. except so much worse, for having failed in the 19-teens and the 1930s.
True Jihad is perpetual war, until all submit. That’s why Mohammed and his successors speak of the Dar Al Islam (House Of Islam), and the Dar Al Harb (House Of War).
Some enlightened Muslim thinkers and writer extrapolated that into purely spiritual categories, but the Ottoman Empire continued the war of expansion & conversion well into the 17th century.. and they only stopped due to internal problems, and having their asses handed to them at the navel battle of Lepanto, and the twice-stopped Vienna excursions. Of course if you ask the Greeks and Armenians and Kurds about the loveable Turks and their Jihadified militarism, you’ll know the ugly hasn’t stopped.
Here’s the point: most of the Muslim world lives in the long past. They do not relate to the modern world, and much of what they do “know” about us is what comes across on TV & DVDs. Many Westerners do worship technology and the state and comfort and sexual freedom, not God. Sometimes Teh Binks wonders what our very own medieval ancestors would make of us (you know, the people after whom we are surnamed).. might they not be tempted to crusade against us, as cowardly post-Christian people who love evil and indolence and our own power?
This Means War
In any case, we’re at war.. and have been for 1400 years. It’s the true world war, since Mohammed the land-pirate and blasphemer and head-chopper got his conquest on in the early 600s. That war sometimes sleeps, or rages off our radar, but it’s always on, converting, destroying, mutating human nature into the image of Mohammed.
That 10% of the Muslim world is Jihadi and 40% supportive and 90% pro-global sharia law for everybody on earth? Them there’s the facts. Our cowardice or make-believe or self-hatred are an appeasing luxury, a form of madness, and the possible precursor to our slow self-defeat and surrender, if not religious civil war in Europe and North America.
Islam means “SUBMIT”– as in enslavement. It’s them or us, and the more we soft-pedal the facts, the more likely we are to win all the high-tech battles, and lose the war.
Chesterton did forewarn us a century ago, after all.