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The perfect is the enemy of the good.

Reader comment on item: Is Turkey's Government Starting a Muslim Reformation?
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Submitted by Ianus (Poland), May 23, 2008 at 17:42

Dear M. Tovey,

you wrote : Exactly. But common sense tells us that change can as well become a recipe for regress. Regress is after all also a change, isn't it? So the real question is what change brings progress and what induces regress?

I am afraid that nowadays we are witnessing one of the greatest and most shameful regresses in human history. The dismantling of our Enlightenment civilization and the sacrifice of its very foundations and ideals at the blood-stained altar of grinning demons of oppression through Political Correctness, Ignorance, Arrogance, Betrayal and Failure of the ruling elites that in fact have become the officiating priests of these old demons. The ideals of freedom of speech and progress are being replaced by nihilism and obscurantism disguised as "tolerance" "multi-culturalism".

Crass ignorance and parasite mentality have donned solemn clothes of morality and self-righteousness. Destroying in the name of some nebulous but fashionable utopia and chimerical perfection things which are good and which have been won under such hardships over many generations in Europe paves the way to the new stone age in the heartlands of civilization.

Developments I can see remind me of the French saying "Le mieux est l'ennemi du bien". "Perfection is the enemy of the good." The apostles of perfection in high offices are at work to demolish the good we have and supplant it with the perfect they have allegedly discovered. They have also been told that change is a recipe for progress but don't notice that also the evil needs change to progress.

You have made a very good point. History seems to be playing a bad trick on us also in that point. The Turks entered Europe for the first time in the 14th century. But few know that it was a peaceful entry into Europe! They were invited by the Byzantine usurper John VI Cantacuzenos. In exchange for Turkish troops he gave the sultan Orkhan even his daughter Theodora to serve in the latter's harem and roughly what the Turks are expecting now from Eurabia - wealth.

The Turks came to Europe but never left it. What is more, in a few decades the tiny empire Cantacuzenos hoped to rule shrank to just Constantinople while the Turkish jihad spread on an unheard-of scale threatening the whole of Europe. If the Turks had conquered Vienna, they wouldn't have stopped there but would have marched farther on - to Paris and London.

< When the dynamics of the Middle East crisis tips against Israel even further and the world through the United Nations/NATO comes to the aid of the 'helpless' and hapless invaders of Israel, is it not Turkey that prophetically figures to be a part of the logistical means to get that help there?>

Yes, you're right. If Turkey changes into a good Moslem state as it will inevitably do one day, it will turn on Israel raising the banner of jihad. But the Turks don't have nuclear weapons yet and in due course Israel might be well advised to take advantage of that. Reviving the old Russian ambitions may be a wise move on the part of Israel too. Beside blocking Turkey it might cool down the pro-jihadist fever within Eurabia/NATO as manifested in the recent creation of two Islamic states in Europe - Bosnia and Kosovo. Supporting the Kurds, Armenians, Greeks and Bulgarians may also bring some desirable results.

< This reader cannot help but wonder if Allenby had the scenario in mind we see today when he took Jerusalem from the Turks. What a change in the world that was, and what a change we think is coming next.>

The scenario was ripe there - the Sykes-Picot Agreement of 1916 and the demise and partition of Turkey. If it had been implemented, it would have saved Hellenism from murderous Turkish barbarity, restored historical justice to the Armenians and once for all broken the scourge of Moslem-Turkish jihad. Instead of that ignorance, myopy, greed and corrpution have written another scenario for the civilized word - Moslem reconquests, jihad, dhimmitude, regress and demise of a civilization that has lost its self-respect and self-preservation instinct.

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