Different River

”You can never step in the same river twice.” –Heraclitus

January 24, 2005

Believe Your Enemy

Filed under: — Different River @ 5:07 pm

Lots of people were surprised, and/or in denial, when the Bolsheviks started to kill off the small independent farmers in the Ukraine in the 1920s and 1930s, even thought Marx had written that they’d have to get rid of the “capitalists” by any means necessary to build socialism. They didn’t think he really meant it, or that Lenin and Stalin would go to such lengths.

Lots of people were surprised when Hitler started killing off the Jews of Europe, despite the fact that he’d said in Mein Kampf that he wanted to do exactly that. The just thought he was blowing smoke, and would never actually do something that extreme.

TigerHawk points to the modern-day version of this phenomenon. People who oppose democracy on principle.

“We have declared a fierce war on this evil principle of democracy and those who follow this wrong ideology,” said the speaker, who identified himself as Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, head of the al-Qaida affiliate in Iraq. “Anyone who tries to help set up this system is part of it.”

TigerHawk’s comment, upon which I cannot improve:

He just does not believe in the consent of the governed, because he believes that only Allah can give that consent. The United States could leave [Iraq] tomorrow and al-Zarqawi would fight on because he rejects popular sovereignty as a matter of principle.

One Response to “Believe Your Enemy”

  1. Jack Says:

    Thanks for the link!

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