Or...What the liberals refuse to see. Sorry for the length but I didn't have a link. Below is an editorial from Sunday's edition of a Florida newspaper > located in the Florida's panhandle.* Someone who reads this paper > thought that the editorial was worth a wider distribution and retyped it > to send out over the Internet. > > Phil Lucas, the paper's Executive Editor, wrote this article published > in The News Herald, Panama City, Florida, Sunday April 4, 2004.* His > email address is [email protected] <mailto[email protected]> > > +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ > > Up Against Fanaticism > > By Phil Lucas, Executive Editor, Panama City New Herald > > If straight talk of savagery offends you, if you believe in ethnic and > gender diversity but not diversity of thought or if you think there is > an acceptable gray area between good and evil, then turn to the funny > pages, and take the children, too.* This piece is not for you. > > We published pictures Thursday of burnt American corpses hanging > from an Iraqi bridge behind a mob of grinning Muslims.* Some > readers didn't like it. > > Mothers said it frightened their children.* A woman who works with > Muslim physicians thought it might offend or endanger them. > > Well, we sure don't want to frighten, offend or endanger anybody, do we? > That's just too much diversity to handle.* I mean, somebody might get > hurt. > > We could fill the newspaper every morning with mobs of fanatical Muslims. > They can't get along with their neighbors on much of the planet: France, > Chechnya, Bosnia, Indonesia, Spain, Morocco, India, Tunisia, Somalia, etc. > etc. etc.* Can anybody name three ongoing world conflicts in which Muslims > are not involved?* Today, where there is war, there are fanatical Muslims. > > We might quibble about who started what conflicts, but look at the sheer > number of them. > > One thing is sure.* Muslim killers started the one we are in now when > they slaughtered more that 3,000 people, including fellow Muslims, in > New York City. > > Madeleine Albright, the former secretary of state and feckless appeaser > who helped get us into this mess, said last week Muslims still resent > the Crusades.* Well, Madam Albright, if Westerners were not such a > forgiving people, we might resent them too. > > Let's recap the Crusades.* Muslims invaded Europe, and when they reached > sufficient numbers, they imposed their intolerant religion upon > Westerners by force.* Christian monarchs drove them back and took the > battle to their homeland.* The fight lasted a couple of centuries, and > we bottled them up for 1,000 years. > > Now, a millennium later, Muslims have expanded forth again.* Ask France. > Ask England.* Ask Manhattan.* Two-and-a-half years ago fanatical Muslims > laid siege to us.* We woke up to the obvious.* Our president announced > it would be a very long war, then took the battle to the Islamic homeland. > Sound Familiar? > > Let's consider the concept of a "long war.! "* Last time it was 200 > years, give or take.* Anybody catch Lord of the Rings?* You know, the > good part, the part that wasn't fiction, the part that drew us to the > books and movies because it was the truest part: the titanic struggle > between good and evil, between freedom and enslavement, between > the individual and the state, between the celebration of life and the > worshipping of death. > > That's the fight we are in, and it never ends.* It just has peaks and > valleys. > > There may be a silent majority of peaceful Muslims - some live here - > but that did not save 3,000 people in the World Trade Center, the > million gassed and butchered in the Middle East, the tens of thousands > slain in Eastern Europe and Asia, the hundreds blown to bits in the West > Bank and Spain, or the four Americans shot, burned and hung like sausage > over the Euphrates as a fanatical minority of Muslims did the joyful > dance of death. > > Maybe we are so tolerant, we are so bent on "diversity," we are so > nonjudgmental, we are so wrapped up in our six-packs and ballgames that > our brains have drained to our bulbous behinds. Maybe we're so addled > on Ritalin we wouldn't know which end of a gun to hold.* Maybe we need a > new drug advertised on TV every three minutes, one that would help us > grow a backbone. > > It doesn't take a Darwin to figure out that in this world the smartest, > the fastest, the strongest, and the most committed always win.* No > exceptions. > > Look at your spouse and children.* Look at your self in the mirror. > Then look at the pictures from the paper last Thursday.* You better look > at them.* Those are the people out to kill you. > > > Who do you think will win?* You?* Or them?* Think you can take your ball > and go home and they will leave you alone?* Read a little history. > Start with last week, last month, last year, and every other year back > for half > a century.* Then go back a thousand years. Nobody hides from this fight. > > Like it or not, that's the way it was and that's the way it is. > > But many Americans don't get it. > > That's why we published those pictures. > > If they jarred you off the sofa, if they offended you, if they scared > your children and sent you into a rage at mass murderers or heartless > editors, then I say, it's a start.