This week’s winner is a matched pair, at least in terms of subject matter. Here at Gates, the question was whether or not Britain is too decadent to survive, to wit:
|Charles Krauthammer put it best:|
|“Decadence is defined not by a civilization’s art or music, but ultimately by its willingness to simply defend itself.”|
|From your pen to the citizens of Britain, Dr. Krauthammer. Quit fiddling around over there. London is burning. It’s not the job of moderate Muslims to extinguish the fire; it’s their job simply to get out of the way while “the authorities” begin acting as if they had sufficient testosterone to take the hose in hand and start spraying down the conflagration.|
|Enough with the Nero imitations.|
Meanwhile, Norm Geras won the non-council vote with his post proposing that it is indeed time to take the hose in hand. However, being British and well-spoken, he was also more eloquent:
|It needs to be seen and said clear: there are, amongst us, apologists for what the killers do, and they make more difficult the long fight that is needed to defeat them. (To forestall any possible misunderstanding on this point: I do not say these people are not entitled to the views they express or to their expression of them. They are. Just as I am entitled to criticize their views for the wretched apologia they amount to.)|
You can see it all over at The Watcher’s Council, here.