While it appears from more than one point of view that the War in Iraq and the War on Terror are situations from which we may never be able to extricate ourselves, from the mountains of Pakistan comes a very simple solution: convert to Islam.
Before we reject this out of hand, lets seriously consider it for a moment: Osama Bin Laden promised the wars would be over if Americans convert to Islam.
This may sound like a lot to ask from the most religious country in the industrialized world. But of all the Christians in America today who profess to be religious, how many of us are seriously devout? (Read the rest at Nuke's).
Of course he would recommend this. He gets what he wants; peace, by giving up something that is completely worthless to him; the Christian faith. Interestingly, he believes he speaks for everyone, or at least everyone who counts for him. He values the humans who believe as much as he values the religion; zero. The problem is the devaluation, not the stupidity displayed here. Compare his comment with the following:
Today's column looks at 24 Oklahoma lawmakers who declined to receive a gift of a personalized, state-seal-stamped Koran from an all-Muslim state advisory body. This is surely a surreal confluence of not church and state, but mosque and state, which, under Islam, are always fused in the system of sharia law--a system that denies all Western-style human rights. (Read more at Diana West).
24 Oklahoma lawmakers would rather refuse the gift of a Koran, thereby probably failing to be 'diplomatic' rather than compromise what they value. I don't know if these people were Christians, but I do know that their behavior demonstrated the kind of attitude that makes for greatness rather than some life spent living for nothing but convenience and the path of least resistance. But what is left of a society wasting away for want of something to believe in to fight for anything? One thinker despairs of the atheistic west:
Once upon a time Christianity was the guiding creed for an empire. This empire opposed pagan polytheism and destroyed it or drove it into the deep forests and wild mountains. In Arabia, the empire of Islam destroyed its own polytheist competitors before it took on other religions. Christianity is no longer the sort of religion that will crush and persecute pagans, or even atheists and satanists who set themselves directly in opposition to Christian moral teaching. Islam still is such a religion. It is every bit as fierce as it was in the 7th century A.D, when it slaughtered, converted or enslaved millions and conquered half the Christian world.
Atheism has become the official belief system of the European intellectual and taste-making classes, and to a somewhat lesser degree their American counterparts. Certainly it is the belief system of the New York Times, Reuters, all Ivy League faculties, the UN, and other NGO's.
I hope it does not happen. But it is possible (probable if not inevitable) that some day Islam will dominate the government of some European countries, or even of America. At that point, all atheists will be told they must accept Islam or die. When they are given a choice between death within a religion that tells them they are no better than a pile of compost, and life under a religion that tells them they are slaves of Allah, most will choose a life of slavery over death and compost.
They will turn to Islam and join the Jihad. Or they will pretend to believe in Islam and their children or grandchildren will be true believers who join the Jihad.
What does that do for the rest of us, the ones who actually believe in something? The ones who will not submit? The ones who will not become a slave, or allow their children to live in slavery to Allah or to his slaves? It's like a zombie movie, where the next door neighbor becomes another one of the monsters who wants to eat your brain.
And that is why we must oppose Atheism. Because it teaches believers that life has no meaning it is a weak belief system. If we build our society on a base of Atheism, our society will fall when the storm comes. And the storm doesn't even have to be Islam, though that is the storm we expect to face first. (Via Wolf Pangloss).
I wonder if the commentator from Daily Kos that we quoted at the top is typical of the millions down through time who have sold their souls to conquerors for 'peace at all costs' because they had no personal character, faith or substance, and found, to their dismay, that they had become slaves but there was nothing they could do about it.