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New Gingrich says the same: "This political system will not react until we lose a city."

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Submitted by Mladen Andrijasevic (Israel), Dec 10, 2008 at 14:02

"Only one thing seems likely: massive deaths, say 100,000 casualties in a single WMD attack. Short of that, it appears, much of the West, contently deploying defensive measures against fancifully-described "activists," will gently slumber on."

New Gingrich says the same: "This political system will not react until we lose a city."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZiw3qVdFzw

I hope it does not come to that. But if it does, all those who today tac

itly accept jihadi violence will be responsible. How can we explain such stupidity from so many people? I think Melanie Phillips gave the best explanation:

http://www.spectator.co.uk/melaniephillips/2079871/stasi-tactics-from-camp-obama.thtml

"What does that tell us? That the totalitarian left is terrified of argument because it knows itself to be on very weak ground. It does not have the confidence of its own supposed convictions. For sure, it is fearful that its opponents might win the electoral battle; but much more urgently, it is absolutely terrified that they might be right. That's really why the left never wants to have the argument – in case it exposes the vacuity of its own position to itself.

A vital part of leftist thinking is the assumption that to be on the left is the only sensible/decent/principled position to hold and therefore cannot ever be wrong; and that is because to differ from the left is to be of 'the right', and the right is irredeemably evil. (The idea that to be opposed to the left is not necessarily to be on 'the right' or indeed to take any position other than to oppose ideology and its brutal effects is something that the left simply cannot get its head round). And so the true nightmare is that if 'the right' turns out to be actually right on anything and the left to be wrong, by accepting this fact the left-winger will by his own definition turn into an evil right-winger. His entire moral and political identity will crumble and he will grow horns and a tail. So to prevent any possibility of this catastrophe occurring, the opponent has to be eliminated."

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