Thursday, November 30, 2006

Victor Davis Hanson: America, Do You Have the Guts to Win this War?

Victor Davis Hanson is calling us out, and rightfully so. VDH writes in today's WSJ about America's fight against radical Islamic extremism that:

Our current crisis is not yet a catastrophe, but a real loss of confidence of the spirit. The hard-won effort of the Western Enlightenment of some 2,500 years that, along with Judeo-Christian benevolence, is the foundation of our material progress, common decency, and scientific excellence, is at risk in this new millennium.

But our newest foes of Reason are not the enraged Athenian democrats who tried and executed Socrates. And they are not the Christian zealots of the medieval church who persecuted philosophers of heliocentricity. Nor are they Nazis who burned books and turned Western science against its own to murder millions en masse.

No, the culprits are now more often us. In the most affluent, and leisured age in the history of Western civilization--never more powerful in its military reach, never more prosperous in our material bounty--we have become complacent, and then scared of the most recent face of barbarism from the primordial extremists of the Middle East.

Take Hanson's call seriously and determine who can best lead the nation to fight an enemy who is determined to undermine not just America, but all of Western Culture.

Straight Talk Iowa Style believes that John McCain has the leadership and crediblity to galvanize the American national spirit needed to win the long fight in the war on terror.


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