By DEXTER DUGGAN
The Middle Eastern guys with assault rifles rather than scimitars want to play Saracen while anachronistically shooting with big ballistics.
They look at you, in your sweatshirt and jeans, armed with an iPhone, as the Christian Crusader, even if your religion is confined to worshiping entertainment venues.
This is a thousand-year-old war you don’t want. And if you’re not prepared to fight it, so much the better for your weapons-bristling assailants’ odds of survival then triumph.
They, after all, enter this urban battle with the traditional aim of victory, not some modernist politicians’ military notions of pinpricks, standoffs, stalemates, and sinuous negotiations that leave the lacerated opponents shell-shocked back where they started.
It’s said today’s jihadis have the mindset of a thousand years ago and the steely determination to take us back there. Even though we have no desire to climb into this time machine of their choosing, might many Westerners’ circumstances revert to the more circumscribed lives of past centuries? Might material life within a perpetually war-torn fortress become worse than better?
Even today, life and lifespan still never are certain, and disease and tragedy continue to walk hidden among us, wearing masks to conceal themselves until their opportunity arises. … Continue Reading