I’ve been reading up on the 30 year-old McMartin Preschool fiasco today. I grew up in Palos Verdes, which is close to Manhattan Beach, and I was very much aware of the wrenching satanist child molestation conflagration that turned out to be hooey.
Looking back, Margaret Talbot in the New York Times:
Maybe that is why it is easier for most of us to forget, rather than to try and explain, the Satanic-abuse scare that gripped this country in the early 80’s — the myth that Devil-worshipers had set up shop in our day-care centers, where their clever adepts were raping and sodomizing children, practicing ritual sacrifice, shedding their clothes, drinking blood and eating feces, all unnoticed by parents, neighbors and the authorities.
Once you begin to think the worst is likely, it’s hard to stop. Many people believe there are still tunnels littered with pentagrams and leather implements underneath the site where the daycare center stood. Most of those fools don’t stir their cereal every morning with the Pulitzer Prize they won for being a Majestic Thought-Person.
What was the Islamic State thinking? …what was the logic of propagating to the world videos of its beheadings of two Americans (and subsequently a Briton) — sure to inflame public opinion?
There are two possible explanations.
In “The Jihadi Logic,” Charles Krauthammer gets hit with an existential crisis normally reserved for infamous thugs: Why the hell am I doing this? Why didn’t I just pocket a few dinars as a hitman? Silly me, I had to go and film the whole thing. Guess I’ll just have to live with it.
One is that these terrorists are more depraved and less savvy than we think. They so glory in blood that they could not resist making an international spectacle of their savagery…
Did someone say “terrorists”? I’m seeing something close to that in the first sentence. I don’t know how you’d rally anyone to your cause without going on and on about yourself, and your heroic struggle, etc. I don’t see how you’d get anywhere if you were just a secret mass murderer. Imagine if poor Ronnie’d had to guess which of the mullahs he was supposed to sell missiles to, what a clusterfuck. Is Charles so clueless? Or is he…PULITZER SMART?
The second theory is that they were fully aware of the inevitable consequence of their broadcast beheadings — and they intended the outcome. It was an easily sprung trap to provoke America into entering the Mesopotamian war.
How can they be typical Iraqi terrorists…when they’re global masterminds?! Now they’ll be hunted to the ends of the Earth, and systematically annihilated by the most cold-blooded high-tech war machine ever assembled…and boy howdy did the Americans ever fall for that.
Because they’re sure we will lose. Not immediately and not militarily. They know we always win the battles, but they are convinced that, as war drags on, we lose heart and go home.
Dateline: Iraq, 2024. After killing most of the Islamic State in Syria’s rank and file – as well as another 100,000 innocent civilians – America is now pulling out of this war-torn country for the third time. And here come the few remaining jihadis emerging from their spiderholes, in unbridled elation. We did it! We beat the Great Satan! Similarly, a smoking cat that crawls out of an apartment fire is, in fact, Alexander the Great.
America experiences shock and outrage and demands action. Then, seeing no quick resolution, it tires and seeks out leaders who will order the retreat. In Obama, they found the quintessential such leader.
To put it…simply. Because ISIS easily goaded Obama into mobilizing another Iraqi military campaign, he’s a spineless jellyfish*. Some future president at some point will end his foreign adventure – and SEE? I told you so. There are no words to describe how stupid Charles Krauthammer is. Remember this fellow?
The Japanese then sent a search party to try to find Onoda in the jungle. Unfortunately, he was too good at hiding with 27 years of practice. They could not find him. Onoda continued his mission.
Exhibit A of ‘Why America Lost World War Two.’
* …tonight, on Monsters of the Levant: The African Man O’ War…