Thursday, April 15, 2004

Osama's plea 

I knew as soon as I entered a filler post (see previous entry) that we'd have some news worth commenting on.

Seems Mr. Bin Laden is worried enough to plea bargain with Europe. He's offering Europe a truce as long as they don't get in the way of his repeated attacks against the United States.

I wish I could say that he's off base, but with anti-Americanism so strong in Europe these days, he probably has a decent chance of success in many parts of Europe.

The fact is, bin Laden is simply relying on his prejudices about the West, that we are all decadent cowards unwilling to fight to protect our rights and freedoms. He found that in the individualistic capitalist United States that he was dead wrong. Europe, however, is a socialistic culture.

Capitalism is a philosophy based on standing up for yourself and your allies, and being rewarded based on merit. This breeds a strong work ethic, and a willingness to endure hardships. It is a philosophy that translates well in times of war.

Socialism is a philosophy based on hoping someone more powerful than you provides you with what you need. The fact that double-digit unemployment is the norm in Europe is telling. Socialism is everything Capitalism is not. The idea that one must capitulate to a more powerful or more aggressive force is a philosophy that is extremely dangerous in times of war.

Now, Europe is probably smart enough to side with the United States, even considering the Anti-American sentiments. We are a much more valuable trading partner than terror-sponsoring nations would be. Sure, OPEC has oil, but the EU plans on abandoning fossil fuels entirely by the year 2020, so allying with terrorists for oil is a rather short-sighted plan. Europe needs America both as a trading partner and as a customer. They don't really need al Qaeda for anything in particular.

And of course, they'd be pretty stupid to think al Qaeda wouldn't attack them sometime down the road. We may be the Great Satan, but Europe is the land of the Crusaders. There is a long history of conflict there,

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