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Submitted by orange yonason (United States), Aug 23, 2005 at 22:08

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Yes, the anticipated essential galvanization in response to the existential threat posed by (militant) Islam is all too painfully conspicuous by it's absence. (What if they gave a war, and one side didn't care?)

We needed to put Islam under the microscope long ago. We didn't, and the many bad actors among them have been left free to weaken us from within.

Your very accurate observations of the extent to which their 'Al-Taqya' (PsyOps) now intrudes on our consciousness, pumping it's venom into our culture, indicates how well they have perfected that technique over the last 1300 years. They never would have had so much success without their violence, especially since the propaganda they peddle as "fact" is such utter nonsense. The only reason that propaganda appears to have any validity is because it "explains" the violence, which is of course perpetrated to give credibility to the drool they call "explainations," and the preposterous recommendations they make to "solve" the problem.

Returning to the analogy of the frog; apparently, repeated stimuli (and/or atrophy and other agents) can neutralize a muscle's autonomic (reflexive) response.

"The 'galvanic reaction' diminishes and even completely disappears with the repetition of the same kind of stimulation." http://www.sidis.net/spdpdchap1.htm

We all know that terrorism has been on the upsurge for many decades. Over that time we have established a pattern of enduring, rather than fighting it. Over and over it recurs with increasing frequency and violence, and paradoxically we respond with (usually) ever more feeble responses.

We have so few leaders who are actually willing to fight the enemy, and fewer still who know who that enemy really is. And we have (most of) the MSM taking a neutral or oppositional stand to the war effort. Given those facts, I worry that our recent military response may unfortunately turn out to be little more than an anomaly, a last reflexive burst of misdirected energy, rather than the beginning of effective resistance.

Diplomatic inertia in dealing with repeated phenomena seems very difficult to overcome. History suggests that an all out attack by an implacable enemy is frequently the only stimulus that can effect such change. If even that doesn't provoke total and sustained unity in the face of that enemy, we are in big trouble.
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