There Is No End Zone

(Guest post by Greg Forster)

I hate to be a pest, but the war’s not over.

In this joyful moment when some people selfishly focus on trying to pull together as Americans and be glad the good guys won for once, thank goodness there’s Jimmy Carter to remind us of just how badly the world still sucks.

He chooses a moment when this kind of thing is going on to announce in today’s Washington Post:

Suspicions of Hamas stem from its charter, which calls for Israel’s destruction.

Riiiiiiiiiiiiight. It’s just a matter of some words on a piece of paper.

Headline from Monday’s Guardian, one of the squishiest publications in the western world:

 Hamas Praises Osama bin Laden as Holy Warrior

Coming together as Americans doesn’t get easier when some Americans cling tenaciously to delusions so persistently destructive that they defy merely psychological explanations.

To paraphrase Adam Sandler in The Wedding Singer: “Even the Guardian gets it. Why doesn’t Jimmy Carter?”

Or to paraphrase Jason Robards in Parenthood: “Defending America against its enemies is like Jimmy Carter’s ego. It never, never ends. It goes on forever – and it’s just as frightening. There is no end zone. You never cross the goal line, spike the ball and do your touchdown dance.”

You never get to live in a world where people aren’t trying to kill you. And apparently you also never get to live in an America where some Americans aren’t doing their best to drive us apart from each other by embracing our enemies.


One Response to There Is No End Zone

  1. allen says:

    We may not get to live in a world where people aren’t trying to kill us but at least we can be comforted that the quality of the people trying to kill us is dropping.

    Comparatively speaking Osama Bin Ladin wasn’t ever much of an actual threat, in the sense that Hitler, Stalin or Mao were a threat to us, with much of his reputation hinging on the number of Muslims in the world. As if they were just waiting to enlist in his cause.

    As the past number of years has proven Bin Ladin never had much of a grip on that Muslim population and there were more then a few who would happily have done to Bin Ladin what we finally did to him. If there’s no end zone, to flog the sports metaphor, that doesn’t preclude us from running up the score.

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