Christine, the Operations Manager of the 910 Group, sent the following message to Gates of Vienna and asked us to post it:
I agree that Islam is, structurally, a totalitarian, fatalistic and solipsistic belief system designed like some interlocking logical mosaic pattern.
System statements include:
- Islam will prevail over all others regardless of historical, scientific, or cultural evidence to the contrary.
- Anyone leaving Islam should die or return.
- All who are not in Islam should die or convert.
- Anyone in Islam who dies wins in paradise.
- All statements criticizing Islam by non-Muslims.
- Critical Muslims or apostates are false.
- All statements by Islamists about Islam are true (even if they are contradictory).
- All lies by Islamists about Islam are permitted in order to accomplish all enumerated goals listed above.
And therefore I understand the tendency to want to break that logical knot by attacking the first premise — the fatalism of Islam, the magical realism and fantasizing aspect of Islam.
But I don’t have much time for the “Nuke Mecca” meme, especially when used with ad hominem arguments that dismiss any other approach as lacking in rigor or realism or military experience or analytic depth or whatever. I think the idea is morally bankrupt, and basically nihilistic. Like all nihilism, it is the lazy fellow’s way out of actually engaging in the hard work of working politically and using the legal tools of information warfare. It’s a reversion to the Dresden or Hiroshima bombings — a third generation warfare solution to a fourth or fifth generation warfare problem.
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The Nuke Mecca meme itself is a prime example of “magical thinking,” a kind of solipsistic enjoyment of the fantasy of removing a great danger with a grand technological feat, dismissing all critics of the idea as appeasers or ameliorators. At the very least, were it actually to be done, the iron law of unintended, unforeseeable consequences would apply.
Having said that, the need addressed by the Nuke Mecca meme is real — each of us longs for a way to blast through the fatalism, the internally locked logical system of Islamic supremacism and intra-Muslim discourse.
I don’t have an answer, but I would challenge the readers of this blog to consider whether there are any other ways to break the knot — ones that don’t actually involve the deaths of tens of thousands and a nuclear holocaust in the Middle East.
OK, readers — rise to the bait!
Remember: she’s asking for solutions besides “nuke the ragheads”.