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Monday, January 30, 2006

The Counterrevolution in Military Affairs

By Aussiegirl

It is almost impossible to fully describe the importance of this stunning analysis from Ralph Peters. It's probably the most illuminating and brilliant insight I have read regarding the dangers facing the United States and the forces arrayed against us, both military and cultural. He not only analyzes what is wrong with our military theories and our current strategy of relying on techno-weapons to achieve a kind of video-game war, but he unerringly and correctly puts his finger on the problems underlying the current conflicts in the world. He correctly finds the fundamental problem lies with faith -- the blind and fanatical faith of the jihadist and the lack of faith in the West. A tour de force of modern political, military and cultural philosophy. Do not miss this.

The Counterrevolution
in Military Affairs

[...]The hallmark of our age is the failure of belief systems and a subsequent flight back to primitive fundamentalism--and the phenomenon isn't limited to the Middle East. Faith revived is running roughshod over science and civilization. Secular societies appear increasingly fragmented, if not fragile. The angry gods are back. And they will not be defeated with cruise missiles or computer codes.

A paradox of our time is that the overwhelmingly secular global media--a collection of natural-born religion-haters--have become the crucial accomplices of the suicide bomber fueled by rabid faith. Mass murderers are lionized as freedom fighters, while our own troops are attacked by the press they protect for the least waywardness or error. One begins to wonder if the bomber's suicidal impulse isn't matched by a deep death wish affecting the West's cultural froth. (What if Darwin was right conceptually, but failed to grasp that homo sapiens' most powerful evolutionary strategy is faith?) Both the suicide bomber and the "world intellectual" with his reflexive hatred of America exist in emotional realms that our rational models of analysis cannot explain. The modern age's methods for interpreting humanity are played out.

We live in a new age of superstition and bloodthirsty gods, of collective madness. Its icons are the suicide bomber, the veil, and the video camera.

One of the most consistently disheartening experiences an adult can have today is to listen to the endless attempts by our intellectuals and intelligence professionals to explain religious terrorism in clinical terms, assigning rational motives to men who have moved irrevocably beyond reason. We suffer under layers of intellectual asymmetries that hinder us from an intuitive recognition of our enemies. Our rear-guard rationalists range from those convinced that every security problem has a technological solution, if only it can be found, to those who insist that members of al Qaeda and its affiliates are motivated by finite, comprehensible, and logical ambitions that, if satisfied, would make our problems disappear.


At 1:47 PM, Blogger Timothy Birdnow said...

Thanks for posting that, Aussiegirl; it was terrific!

At 1:48 PM, Anonymous scribe said...

Great article! Right on target about the religious anarchists and our inability to counter them.

Now, how do we get ourselves out of this mess? Our expression of religion is lukewarm at best, and then again, even if our religious sensibilities were really on fire, we wouldn't want to go the apocalptic route.


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