Sunday, February 12, 2006
  Faster, Ann, faster!

I note the Establishmentarians at NRO have gone dhimmi over Ann Coulter's comments at CPAC. Granting there's a history of personal dispute between those folks and Coulter.... it's still dhimmi. They have lost the standing to criticize CNN or any other media.

Ann is simply doing what our entire media and government did in WW2: Taunting the enemy. Here's a little tiny hint: We won that war. We don't appear to be winning the current war.

My previous two posts hit a common theme, which is hardly new, but which seems to have been lost in recent years.

Taunting the enemy is an important part of war.

Americans still understand this point easily and fully in the realm of sports, which is why the Rogers High principal looks so silly. But we have erased this idea from the realm of warfare, where it's even more important.

Down to basics: Most humans, like most dogs, are trainable. And most humans, like most dogs, would rather bask in the sunlight of respect than wallow in the stink of contempt.

This doesn't apply to rabid dogs, or to humans who have already crossed the kamikaze threshold. But it does apply to the vast majority of both species.

We saw this in WW2 with the Japanese-Americans. Before the war, some 40,000 of them signed up to commit espionage or sabotage. FDR decided to keep these folks under control by fencing them off. Obviously we don't have the benefit of controlled experiments: we don't know what would have occurred without this expression of contempt. But we do know that we suffered very little sabotage, and we also know that many young Japs within the fence volunteered to serve our side.

Can you spell Skinner?

'Winning hearts and minds' requires both reward and punishment, and a united front is critically important in both directions. At the moment our establishment and government are giving a clear signal that we respect all beliefs of the Prophet. Should we be surprised when local Mohammedans go ahead and act on all of those beliefs?

If the weight of unified public opinion gave a different signal, a more precisely targeted signal, we'd get a different result. If we showed solid contempt toward Sharia, contempt toward the dream of the Caliphate, contempt toward conversion by force, contempt toward a religion that forbids charging interest, owning dogs, and showing pictures, it would definitely have an effect on our local Mohammedans. Some of them might riot, but others would get the idea and change their behavior.
 


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