Here is a quote from Marcus J. Goldman's article, Call Me Paranoid:
In our geopolitical world, there is a firm distinction between good and bad, right and wrong. Our killers have nothing but pity for our perceived weakness and division....or do they? This truly is the season of perpetual paranoia. (MensNewsDaily.com, 06/06/04.)
Thousands of candidates have signed up for membership in the "Global Islamic Martyrdom Brigades" at the "Center for the appreciation of the Shahid" in Tehran. The martyr bombers (shahids) could pick the following alternatives:
* Against the Occupiers in Iraq.
* Against the Occupiers in Jerusalem.
* Towards the Execution of the Fatwa against Salman Rushdie.
Maybe you are wondering why the fatwa against Salman Rushdie is on the list. Mohammad Ali Samadi of the "Committee for the Commemoration of Martyrs of the Global Islamic Campaign" gives the answer:
Salman Rushdie is the only non-military target for us, because we believe his attack against Islam was much worse that a military assault. (Parinoosh Arami, Reuters, 06/05/04.)
So, what is the solution to this situation? Read Walt Tylenda's opinion piece, Terrorists: Allah will run out of virgins before U.S. runs out of bullets. He ends the article in the following way:
The only way to vanquish Muslim hostility toward Western civilization is to secularize Islam by force. Until that's accomplished, there will be no peace between them and us. The military's mission in Iraq should be to create real fear throughout the Muslim world that Allah will run out of virgins before America runs out of bullets if they don't shackle their religious lunatics with secular governments that are willing to peacefully coexist with the West. (Imperial Valley Press, 06/04/04.)
Alex Epstein provides you with "intellectual self-defense" in his article, World opinion be damned. Here is an excerpt:
The proper response to the anti-American voicers of "world opinion" is to identify them as our ideological and political enemies -- and dispense justice accordingly. In the case of our militant enemies, we must kill and demoralize them -- especially the Arab and Islamic regimes that support terrorism and fuel the Islamist movement; as for the rest, we must politically ignore them and intellectually discredit them, while proudly arguing for the superiority of Americanism. Such a policy would make us safe, expose anti-Americanism as irrational and immoral, and embolden the world's best elements to support our ideals and emulate our ways. (EnterStageRight.com, 06/07/04.)
UPDATE 06/08/04: From Alex Epstein's email list:
I will be interviewed on the Thom Hartmann show--a national radio show based in New York--from around 12-12:30 ET on Wednesday, June 9th. The topic will be my most recent op-ed, "World Opinion Be Damned." You can listen to the interview live over the Internet at Thom Hartmann show -- or listen to an archive of the show at White Rose Society. The op-ed is available at The Ayn Rand Institute's MediaLink page.
Hartmann is a liberal, and a fairly intellectual one, so the interview should be interesting. As always, any feedback (positive or negative) will be appreciated. (Alex Epstein, 06/08/04.)