Nadz is on Fire
Her latest post is awesome. Moneyshot: We are constantly being told that we have to sit down after each terrorist attack and analyze the motives and grievances of terrorists. We're supposed to wring our hands and ask "why?" and ponder what we can do to appease people with explosives. Christopher Hitchens, however, is introducing a radical idea: Why Ask Why? So, what did Indonesia do to deserve this, or bring it on itself? How will the slaughter in Bali improve the lot of the Palestinians? Those who look for the connection will be doomed to ask increasingly stupid questions and to be content with increasingly wicked answers. On one level, I think that understanding the pschology of the enemy is a wise move - understanding a person's motives does not mean that you agree with those motives. However, I also agree that maybe, just maybe, there isn't a rationale behind a lot of terrorism except the illogic of theocratic ideology. Instead of asking if we are to blame, perhaps we should try just blaming terrorist attacks on terrorists themselves - on their distorted worldview, their ideology, their malice. Instead of thinking of ways to appease them, we should be thinking of ways to defeat them, both militarily and intellectually. Amen.