“[T]he West is surrendering on the installment plan to Islamic extremists”

Posted by: ST on September 1, 2009 at 7:37 pm

As always, Thomas Sowell pegs it:

Britain’s release of Abdel Baset al-Megrahi — the Libyan terrorist whose bomb blew up a plane over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988, killing 270 people — is galling enough in itself. But it is even more profoundly troubling as a sign of a larger mood that has been growing in the Western democracies in our time.

In ways large and small, domestically and internationally, the West is surrendering on the installment plan to Islamic extremists.

The late Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn put his finger on the problem when he said: “The timid civilized world has found nothing with which to oppose the onslaught of a sudden revival of barefaced barbarity, other than concessions and smiles.”

He wrote this long before Barack Obama became president of the United States. But this administration epitomizes the “concessions and smiles” approach to countries that are our implacable enemies. Western Europe has gone down that path before us, but we now seem to be trying to catch up.

Still, the release of a mass-murdering terrorist, who went home to a hero’s welcome in Libya, shows that President Obama is not the only one who wants to move away from the idea of a “war on terror” — as if that will stop the terrorists’ war on us.

The ostensible reason for releasing al-Megrahi was compassion for a man terminally ill. It is ironic that this was said in Scotland, for exactly 250 years ago another Scotsman — Adam Smith — said, “Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent.”

That lesson seems to have been forgotten in America as well, where so many people seem to have been far more concerned about whether we have been nice enough to the mass-murdering terrorists in our custody than those critics have ever been about the innocent people beheaded or blown up by the terrorists themselves.

Depressing, but a must-read nevertheless, especially when you consider the fact that these days, the Obama administration considers the biggest threat to America to be “right wing domestic terrorists.”

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6 Responses to ““[T]he West is surrendering on the installment plan to Islamic extremists””


  1. LarryK12309 says:

    I’d rather be considered a threat by The Obama administration than be considered an ally of the antichrist’s enabler.:o

  2. Carlos says:

    Mr. Sowell is, if not the most keen observer of our society today, then one of the two best. He is consistently insightful, with down-to-earth examples and language even a public school graduate can read (in most cases).

    IMHO, he is a must-read every week. You can find him at Townhall.com every week, usually Tuesday.

    And just like Obama is willing to take his socialism/fascism on the installment plan, Sowell is spot on with the Islamofascists taking victory the same way.

  3. Steve Skubinna says:

    After 9/11, it was common for pontificating blowhards to proclaim “we are all New Yorkers now!”

    It was annoying then (I mean, who do you mean “we,” Kemosabe?). What I had not counted upon was that eight years later we would all be French.

    Used to be, the French knew how to stand up to thugs, even of the Islamist variety. But Charles Martel, “the Hammer” has been in his grave for well over a millenium now. I guess we’re too sophisticated and metrosexual to fight for anything today.

  4. Helen says:

    OK, I am going to be contrary here and remind you guys of something you would like to forget. Terrorism did not start the day America was attacked. Releasing al-Megrahi was probably the wrong decision and many people in Britain protested against it. We did not like it either. How many people in America protested against not extraditing IRA terrorists to Britain? How many protested against Clinton hosting two mass murderers, Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness on the White House front lawn? How many protested about the money that went to the IRA that bought bombs, bullets and explosives? I know two wrongs do not make a right and we ought not to have released the guy, assuming he was the right one (there were some doubts and not just from the usual suspects about the trial). But it is good to remembe things.

    OK, back to my usual mode of spitting with fury at left-wing idiocy. :-w

  5. Steve Skubinna says:

    Actually Helen, I have always looked with contempt upon Americans who, sitting comfortably behind the pretense of neutrality, have actively suported terror. Whether it’s the IRA or the PLO, it’s alway sbeen reprehensible and indefensible. I don’t recall any on the right (with the probable exception of Nazi apologst Pat Buchanan) beaming with approval as Clinton made Yasser Arafat the most frequent foreign “head of state” to vist the White House.

    Let’s not forget the greatest supporters of the IRA in America were Democrats, among them the recently departed Lion of the Senate. Likewise, it’s always been the American left that enthusiastically cheers on Palestinian murderers or travels to Syria and Baghdad to offer support to vicious thugocracies.

    If I had my way thse clowns would be stripped of their US citizenship and airdropped into the fighting they suport from a safe distance.

  6. Carlos says:

    Ah, but you see, Steve, that is what allows people like Ayers to be the nefarious schemers they are, instead of being forced into actual murder and mayhem. As long as one is not forced to physically participate in actually carrying out the plans, one doesn’t have to face the psychological consequences. That is why it’s easier to kill from 10,000 feet by drooping bombs. It’s also why Osama can continue to operate, why the planners in Hezbollah never carry out their murders themselves.

    It’s also why liberals never have to worry about their hair-brained schemes, because they never have to face the realities of what those plans do.