Compromise Impossible

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The Western doctrine of non-violence depends on the willingness to compromise. To resolve any conflict by sitting down at a table, finding points of agreement and then working through the rest. The ruthless killing fields of the twentieth century have not shaken that eternal faith in a diplomatic solution, rather they have only strengthened it. But what happens when a compromise is genuinely impossible?

The commitment to non-violence depends on the assumption that while small numbers of fanatics might seek war, the vast majority of people do not. And even if they do want war, they want a humane war, not a genocidal war of extermination. Therefore even when such wars are fought, they do not reflect the will of the people, only that of a small group of fanatics.

That such a manifestly absurd belief that flies in the face of human history could be so widely held among the decision makers of the world’s dominant civilizations is itself apt testimony to the decline and fall of those civilizations. Nevertheless this belief remains unshakeable.

Atrocities are attributed to a dictator and a few of his cronies. Remove the dictator, roll in the voting booths and then we need make war no more. But the rise of Islamic terrorism presents an explosive challenge to that worldview. There is no Hitler or Stalin of Islam. No small group holding power on which everything can be blamed. In the age of terrorism, it is the ordinary Muslim who acts as the killer. Who sheds his guise of humanity and kills.

Islamic terrorism is the most democratic and representative form of war there is. There is no draft. No government mandate. And no compulsion but that of the Koran. Of course in territories under their control, becoming a Jihadist sometimes is compulsory. But that certainly isn’t the case in the West. While Western diplomats chatter about democracy, the Muslim votes with his bomb vest. And his vote is the decisive one.

Islamic terrorism is a direct refutation to that understanding of evil as a function of governments, rather than people. Its election victories mock the idea that democratic political representation ends violence. While Western intellectuals parrot the party line about a tiny minority of extremists being at fault, the political success of Islamist parties demonstrates that they are neither a minority nor extremist. The version of Islam they relegate to cave dwelling barbarians is actually the mainstream one.

If Western elites were to accept this, they would also have to accept that compromise is impossible. And that we face a war of extermination waged against us with every available weapon from demographics to atomics. But rather than accept the error of their ideas, they mainstream the Islamists. When the Muslim Brotherhood or Hamas ride a wave of popular support, they rush to explain why they are really moderate after all. If Al-Qaeda were to win elections in Yemen, there would immediately be distinctions made between the moderate Al-Qaeda terrorists who won the election, and the extremists who don’t represent the humanistic principles that Al-Qaeda stands for.

The official position is that we are fighting a war of ideas against ‘radicalization’. To win, we have to beat that tiny minority of extremists in a debate over the nature of their religion. And while they have an encyclopedic knowledge of the Koran and the Hadiths, we have a silly little ditty we picked up about Islam being a “Religion of Peace”. But no matter how often we lose the debate, we never admit defeat. Instead we go on empowering Islamic populism, and when the populists turn out to be the very radicals we were fighting all along, then we reach for the dictionary and redefine them as moderates.

The intellectual error that lies at the heart of this cluster of stupidity is that the fault cannot lie in the people. That no people can be committed to war and destruction. That no mass of human beings would rather kill, than reach a reasonable compromise.

And so when the compromise is refused, its inadequacy is held to blame. Next time a more generous compromise must be offered. And if that too is rejected, then it’s time to sit down and understand why the previous offers were judged so inadequate and bid even higher, like a game of poker in which the objective is to lose as much money as possible. The notion that the compromises are being rejected for the very reason that they are compromises is not one that can be accepted.

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  • Al Bion

    Inspired writing. Churchill, Disraeli, Gladstone or Powell could not have done better.

    • Fred Dawes

      Ispired writing Churchill and the others got many White Americans killed for nothing, the USA Should have stay out and used A-BOMB On the fascism BS AND NEVER REBUILD THE MONKEYS.

  • MikeWood

    "The diplomatic and political blood-letting is a slow form of suicide. The rhetoric about peace becomes a warm bath in which the suicide slits his wrists and floats away to dreams of a New Middle East in a cloud of his own blood. " That is a brilliant metaphor.

  • http://libertyandculture.blogspot.com/ JasonPappas

    Bravo, Mr. Greenfield. This is why I support Front Page Magazine and the Horowitz Freedom Center. I hope this is reprinted in other publications.

    Contra Mr. Bush, they don't have an innate love of liberty implanted by God. They want to submit, they want Islam. Contra Ms. Rice, they don't "love their children like we love ours." Strapping bombs to a child isn't our way of "love". Islam is a warrior religion which accepts only periods of truce to regroup for the next attack.

    Compromise is appeasement when there is no common ground. And there is no common ground.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Talk of loving our children is itself individualistic which is less compatible with an Islamic collectivism that devalues the individual, man, woman or child.

  • KarshiKhanabad

    There needs to be a serious theological public debate about the nature of the god which is worshipped by Muslims and which motivates their actions.

    Under unprecedented heavy security, of course.

  • mrbean

    Ayn Rand also writes, "The rational (the good) has nothing to gain from the irrational (the evil), except a share of its failures and crimes; the irrational has everything to gain from the rational: a share of its achievements and values. In any compromise between good and evil, it is evil that wins."

  • ObamaYoMoma

    But the rise of Islamic terrorism presents an explosive challenge to that worldview.

    Actually, there is no such thing as Islamic terrorism. In Islam terrorism, which is a Western manifestation only, is considered to be un-Islamic, which means it is blasphemous and blasphemy in Islam is a capital offense.

    Thus, per the dictates of PC multiculturalism, this writer is conflating what is jihad, which can be both violent and non-violent, with terrorism, which as its name implies can only be violent. Now this wouldn't be so bad except for the fact that it enables non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad, such as mass Muslim immigration to the West for the purpose of stealth demographic conquest to make Islam supreme, to occur today throughout the West completely below the radar of scrutiny and totally unacknowledged and unopposed, since if it isn't violent it isn't construed as being terrorism, and if it isn't considered to be terrorism, then it isn't opposed.

    Despite the fact that stealth demographic conquest via mass Muslim immigration to the West to make Islam supreme constitutes by far the greatest threat to the security and freedom of the West emanating from Islam today, as we see currently occurring throughout Europe and like will also inevitably occur in the USA as well unless at some point we make a course correction.

    Unless something drastic happens, the Islamic world can't hope to conquer the West via violent jihad, but it can via stealth demographic conquest and mass Muslim immigration, combined with PC multiculturalism, and unfortunately this writer is one of PC multiculturalism's biggest proponents.

    In the age of terrorism, it is the ordinary Muslim who acts as the killer.

    Indeed, this writer is so blinded by PC multiculturalism that he has allowed himself to become totally obsessed and transfixed with only violent jihad that he conflates as being terrorism, while at the same time he totally ignores the prevalence of non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad. Nevertheless, non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad, via mass Muslim immigration to the West for the purpose of stealth demographic conquest to make Islam supreme, relative to violent jihad is employed by the Islamic world against the West astronomically far more prevalently and therefore constitutes an exponentially far greater threat to the security and freedom of the West.
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    Islamic terrorism is the most democratic and representative form of war there is.

    Yeah right…the existence of Islamic terrorism is a false PC multicultural myth and misconception of the kind that led to the two greatest strategic blunders ever in American history in Iraq and Afghanistan. Hence, this writer is demonstrating that no lessons have been learned from those two greatest strategic blunders ever in American history and at the same time he is laying the ground for more idiotic major strategic blunders to be repeated again in the future.

    Of course in territories under their control, becoming a Jihadist sometimes is compulsory.

    Sometimes? I hate to rain on this writer's naive PC multicultural parade, but, per the sixth and most important pillar of Islam and also the infamous sword verses of the Koran, ALL MAINSTREAM ORTHODOX MUSLIMS ON EARTH are jihadists. A a tiny minority of them are violent jihadists, while the vast overwhelming majority of them are non-violent stealth and deceptive jihadists, and the few that are not jihadists are not Muslims at all, but instead blasphemous apostates that per the dictates of MAINSTREAM ORTHODOX ISLAM must be executed.

    But that certainly isn’t the case in the West. While Western diplomats chatter about democracy, the Muslim votes with his bomb vest. And his vote is the decisive one.

    In the West? Where? I don't believe. Not yet at least.

    In the Islamic world MAINSTREAM ORTHODOX MUSLIMS will use any and all means – violent and non-violent – to win no matter what. Sort of like Leftists and Newt Gingrich have been taught to do via Saul Alinsky in the USA.

    –continued below

  • ObamaYoMoma

    And that we face a war of extermination waged against us with every available weapon from demographics to atomics.

    That is why our current war strategy against terrorism is so ludicrous and inadequate, as the Bush administration was so blinded by PC multiculturalism – exactly like this writer – that it actually declared war against what is in reality a Western manifestation only founded on false PC multicultural myths and misconceptions about Islam and Muslims that inevitably led to the two greatest strategic blunders ever in American history.

    What we must do instead is abandon the totally misguided War on Terror and transition to a new strategy of containing the spread, growth, and expansion of Islam. That new strategy would include the following steps:

    First, stopping the most immediate threats, i.e., obliterating the ruling Mullah regime of Iran and eliminating their nuclear weapons program. Also, coercing or using force to confiscate the Saudi owned Pakistani nuclear weapons arsenal and then eliminating the Pakistani nuclear weapons program.

    Nation-building is out of the question as it is exceedingly counterproductive because it amounts to lifting up and strengthening what are in reality our eternal enemies. We should be seeking to render them into abject poverty instead of seeking to lift them up to win their hearts and minds, which is literally impossible in any event.

    Second, outlaw Islam and ban and reverse mass Muslim immigration with all of its excess baggage ASAP.

    Third, seize and occupy the Mideast oilfields and confiscate the enormous unearned oil wealth of the Saudis and the Gulf State Emirs, not out of greed as some people will inevitably allege, but because they are using those resources and assets to clandestinely wage war (violent and non-violent jihad) against us perpetually. Hence, that existential threat to our security and freedom must simply be eliminated. It also means the USA must cease selling them weapons immediately, because those weapons will inevitably be used against us and our allies.

    Fourth and lastly, isolate the Islamic world from the West, which will cause them to collapse into abject crushing poverty since Muslims aren't capable of producing anything on their own other than torture, bloodshed, and lots and lots of misery. Then let them stew for a few generations in their own Islamic paradises until Islam as a force inevitably becomes discredited and destroyed.

    That no mass of human beings would rather kill, than reach a reasonable compromise.

    In the Islamic world, compromising with non-Muslims amounts to blasphemy, which in Islam is a capital offense. However, there is an out, Muslims can reach disingenuous agreements with non-Muslims, per the the Prophet's Treaty of Hudaybiyyah, that are meant to be broken as soon as Muslims perceive themselves as regaining the upper hand. Israel's so-called peace treaty with Egypt is an example of this type of compromise known in the Islamic world as a Hudna. Hence, the moral of the story is never ever negotiate and compromise with Muslims, and appeasing them is out of the question as well. Obliterate them instead if they refuse to back down immediately.

    • tom4you

      Agree totally….either Islam is based on a false God, i.e. the Moon God of ancient times which isn't even a 'real' entity, or the spirit being Satan is behind it all if he actually exists…or 2 opposing groups of Alien invaders from our past that genedically created us and may come back to duke it out.

      In any event, we have to totally control this situation in the near term before our Children have no options left….

    • tanstaafl

      "I have become victorious through terror." – the prophet Mohammed.

      There is no compassion in Islam, no forgiveness, no peace. There is only submission to the will of Allah, which is a pitiful excuse to murder, rape and enslave anyone who is not a Muslim.

      There is no compromise with tyranny.

      • ObamaYoMoma

        "I have become victorious through terror." – the prophet Mohammed.

        Talk to any Arab speaker that has read Arabic versions of the Koran, especially one of them that has also studied classic Arabic, and they will tell you that the Arabic versions of the Koran read far more vicious, cruel, and barbaric than the approved English versions, as a great deal is lost in the translation since the English language doesn't contain adequate words in it necessary to properly translate the Arabic language.

        For instance, there is no comparable word in the English language to properly translate the Arabic word jihad because there is no comparable manifestation in the West to jihad. Hence, the word terror was used instead. However, in stark contrast to terror, which as its name implies always involves violence, jihad, on the other hand, can be both violent and non-violent.

        In any event, now the word jihad itself has become an English word. Nevertheless, per the dictates of PC multiculturalism, unfortunately it is always conflated as being terrorism, and because it is always conflated as being terrorism, non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad, such as mass Muslim immigration to the West for the purpose of stealth demographic conquest, is able to occur throughout the West today completely below the radar of scrutiny totally unacknowledged and unopposed, because if it isn't construed as being violent, then it isn't construed as being terrorism, and if it isn't construed as being terrorism, then it isn't opposed.

        Which wouldn't be so bad except for fact that non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad, such as mass Muslim immigration to the West for the purpose of stealth demographic conquest, relative to violent jihad is employed by the Islamic world against the West astronomically far more prevalently and therefore in reality constitutes an exponentially far greater threat to the security and freedom of the West.

        As a matter of fact, unless something drastic happens the Islamic world can never hope to conquer the West via violent jihad alone because the West is simply too advanced and powerful. However, via non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad, primarily via mass Muslim immigration to the West for the purpose of stealth demographic conquest, combined with PC multiculturalism, the Islamic world can manage to conquer the West. In fact, it is already happening today throughout Europe and even here in the USA as well.

        Indeed, the West today is solely transfixed only on fighting terrorism at the same time it is completely oblivious to non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad, such as mass Muslim immigration to the West for the purpose of stealth demographic conquest, thanks to PC multiculturalism, when the reality is non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad constitutes an astronomically far greater threat to the security and freedom of the West.

        In fact, Muslims never ever migrate to the West or anywhere else for that matter to assimilate and integrate, but instead to eventually subjugate and dominate via the eventual imposition of Sharia for the purpose of stealth demographic conquest to make Islam supreme. Hence, Islam should be outlawed and mass Muslim immigration with all of its excess baggage should be banned and reversed ASAP. As this would not only simultaneously eliminate the threat of violent jihad attacks, but also at the same time it would eliminate the far greater threat of non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad.

        On another note, it would mean also that we could roll back all the massive expansion in the size, scope, and power of the federal government that occurred under Bush and that is also currently causing our out of control astronomical budget deficits and national debt, and get our financial house back in order.

        • tanstaafl

          I have read that jihad can be loosely translated as "effort". Thus a Muslim can claim to be "peaceful", yet still be contribing to the Global Jihad by raising money, converting kafirs to Islam or even defending Islam on FPM.

          What is the goal of Islam? You are right to say that it is not simply jihad that we should be concerned about. The goal of Islam is to replace all the infidel governments in the world with the rule of sharia law.

          The goal of Islam lies in the heart of every Muslim. Remember that Mohammed was a failure in Mecca (only 100 followers after 10 years of preaching) and only became successful after he "immigrated" to Medina. Thus your strategy of stopping and perhaps reversing Muslim immigration is valid.

          Simply by coming to the countries of the infidel (Dar es Harb), Muslims are practicing "jihad".

  • pagegl

    "The compromisers say that we must given in to show what noble and well-meaning people we are. And if our compromise is rejected, that is proof that we did not compromise hard enough." – The compromisers are, by Einstein's definition, insane. The process described in this article goes a long way to proving so. One would think that, at some point, rational, sane persons would see that continued attempts at diplomacy and appeasement will not work and there is only one solution left. I am left to conclude that the political leadership of this country is by and large completely nuts.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Rational and sane persons don't rigidly follow narrow ideologies, so it tends to sort out itself.

  • BLJ

    Just look at that lunatic's face and that pretty much sums it up for me. These animals love death more than life. They are throwbacks to the neanderthal era.

    • tanstaafl

      I think you're being a little too harsh on the Neanderthals.

      • BLJ

        I apoligize to any and/or all Neanderthals.

        • tanstaafl

          I don't think that there are that many left now that Andre the Giant passed away.

  • john montville

    Hillgry needs to read this to the Pres daily

  • Seamystic

    Perhaps slightly off topic, but most blogs worry as to when Islam will have some majority, to impose their rules and religion on the country. Remember that Germany was ruled by 3% Nazis Members in taking power. The Soviet Communist Russia was about 5% card carrying members, when taking control of that country. The U.S.A. will probably lose its Democratic Constitutional Power processes, when Islam and Card Carrying Members are in control of Key Offices. This is already a Major activity because of Obama’s TREACHERY, with background Muslim Threats and Aggression.
    Remember that Communists and Islamists, have no respect for the vote of the People, once controlling key sectors. America and Europe are deeper in the Swamp of a Totalitarian take over, than is perceived.
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    GUARDIANS OF DEMOCRACY, ARISE, OR ELSE!
    Start by signing the “Ban Islam” petition at: http://www.petitiononline.com/MYSTIC/petition.htm

  • Fred Dawes

    Its islam is nuts it is total madness so why did bush and Obama let 3 million come here???

    Buy guns but i want my SS I am old person and don't care who comes after me the jews come rule this money/monkey nation and the muslims can cut your head off rape your kids if you will not stand up and do the right thing!!!

    The USA AND Its people must be insane to allow so many monkeys inside this once great nation..I ask the jew sun gods and the moon Gods of isalm to kill me now so i don't have to watch the monkey people take over and murder each other, but when my gods come back watch out monkeys..only joking!

  • pyroseed13

    This article is masterful. I think America needs to give up its search for "moderates" in Islam.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Searching for Bigfoot is more promising.

  • Indioviejo

    Everyone should know by now that "Compromise is Impossible" with the Muslims. We need to recognise that only a total world war is advisable at this stage of aggression. We need to go beyond payback. It can be done, but our nation has to come together in our understanding of the muslim problem and its final solution. At a certain point we may need to bomb Europe again, since they will be Islamic soon and they have nuclear weapons. We are facing our survival or our destruction due to inaction by our treasonous leaders who will also have to pay a price for their treason. It seems like we are on a sliding slope and only a few of us see it coming. It must have been like this when Hitler took over Germany, or Lenin and Trotsky made their move in Russia. The masses are asses and everyone will pay.

  • Indioviejo

    There is an article today in FPM written by Daniel Greenfield that explains clearly why compromise is impossible with muslims, and why every muslim is a potential enemy. The Christians in the Muslim world know about muslims more than Americans do, but have been conditioned by centuries of Dhimmitude to accept their fate. Maybe is time for them to rise in sabotage and, guerrilla warfare, and defend their lives.

  • Longfellow

    'Still, if you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed, if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not so costly, you may come to a moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance for survival. There may be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no chance of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves'. (Winston Churchill).
    With the present crop of so called leaders and quislings in the West, I fear it is already too late; it is all over now, bar the shouting. Perhaps the best example, or worst, is the POTUS. I have no doubt that he will be hailed as a hero of Islam in the future world's new history.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    So I sit here reading and understand my enemy is the enemy of all mankind,
    my Nation invites the enemy in and applauds them and welcomes them into
    the fold as they colonize and refuse to Americanize. As their numbers grow and
    they make demands for special treatment and sidle up to leftist subversives
    who are anti-American and have been destroying our Naiton and culture I see
    their mutual attraction as lovers of power and enmity of freedom.

    Our President, voted into his position by people I have nothing in common with that
    they would admit to will be destroying themselves and I refuse to go along with it.
    My own government will come for me sometime if the upcoming election does not
    remove the threat to our lives and freedom. Remember, "better dead than red",
    think on "better dead than raped on a prayer rug of evil"…war doesn't look so bad.
    William

  • michaelle

    Islamic fascism does not compromise;

    ***********jihad in numbers http://dttj.blogspot.com/2010/07/why-stop-muslim-
    http://godfatherpolitics.com/1731/beware-of-islam

    Terrorist dogma in Mohammads own words http://prophetofdoom.net/

    Reviving the Caliphate http://www.ldolphin.org/caliphate.html