Political Correctness in a Time of War
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Long, long ago, in a universe far, far away, there existed a planet with a brave and free peoples who had the courage to fight against tyranny and oppression. As my readers may see from the poster above, these peoples were not afraid to identify their enemy - war is not a time for political correctness. Because they named their enemy, they were able to fight them, and ultimately to utterly destroy them. Eventually the evil empire was purged of its desire to rule the world and was consequently accepted into the community of civilized nations.
The enemy learned its lesson and accomplished with trade and industry what it failed to gain through war.
But we live in a different universe and in a different time. In our universe, in the our present time, we cannot name our enemy, they are the nebulous men who cause disasters (1); unfortunate individuals whose religious beliefs are not identified, with whom we merely disagree as to how society should be ordered. They are simple human beings who have the same desires for peace and harmony in the world as we do, men with families and children they genuinely care about.
In this light, we cannot fight this enemy. These are good people who have been forced by our evil deeds to act the way they do. If we would kindly just stop being such an impediment to their conquest of the world, then this part of the universe would be at peace.
There are a few of us though who see this enemy for who they are, ruthless barbarians at our gate. We are called Islamophobes, fear-mongers, racists, bigots and more for speaking this truth. Look at the poster above. Liberals today would call it Nipponophobic, fear-mongering, racist and bigoted and should never have been printed. Ask any veteran who fought in the Pacific during WWII and he will tell you there is nothing in that poster that was not true.
Which brings me to Clint Eastwood's horrible war fantasy Letters from Iwo Jima, where it is revealed that the poor Japanese soldiers and officers were merely victims of circumstance forced to sacrifice themselves fighting against an unbeatable foe. American veterans who fought at Iwo Jima will certainly not recognize any of these decent human beings as the enemy they were fighting on that island.
Similar films that falsely portray the Japanese soldiers during WWII as anything but blood-thirsty, barbaric savages help only to demoralize our youth, put doubt into their heads, and to make our present enemies appear to be likewise wrongly maligned innocents.
Sadly, our government does not have the political will to be politically incorrect in our fight against Islam because we refuse to see our enemy for what they really are.
This article available in Danish here.
SPIEGEL ONLINE, 16 Mar 2009, Away From the Politics of Fear
SPIEGEL: Madame Secretary, in your first testimony to the US Congress as Homeland Security Secretary you never mentioned the word "terrorism." Does Islamist terrorism suddenly no longer pose a threat to your country?
Napolitano: Of course it does. I presume there is always a threat from terrorism. In my speech, although I did not use the word "terrorism," I referred to "man-caused" disasters. That is perhaps only a nuance, but it demonstrates that we want to move away from the politics of fear toward a policy of being prepared for all risks that can occur.