Good things lurking in the in box

At a speed so slow that it impresses even me, I’ve been plowing through my various in boxes.  I started with the informal in box that is the kitchen counter:  Bills in one stack, “stuff that needs to be done in another stack,” stuff for my husband in yet another stack, and then the biggest stack of all:  recycling.  Next, I move over to my office in box, which is larded with stuff that needs to be done.  Fortunately, no emergencies in there, although I did miss a sale at Macys.  C’est la vie.  From there, I move on to my business email.  I’ve been keeping an eye on that all along, so I know there are no time bombs in their, but I still have a backlog of 300 emails that I need either to act upon or delete.  I’ve winnowed it down to 15 emails, so I’m feeling pretty good.  That’s all work.

Now I’m on to the fun stuff, which is the backlog of email for my blog.  That’s what this post is about.  Over the past three months, I’ve received some great stuff, some of which was for my personal enjoyment, and some of which I marked, intending to pass on to you.  Consider this post the “passing on” post.

From Danny Lemieux, I got a link to a Gates of Vienna article about Islam’s effort to take over Thailand.  If you’re a regular reader of LGF, you know that the religion of pieces routinely savages Thai civilians.  The Gates of Vienna article takes these apparently random acts of violence and sews them together into an ugly Jihad cloth that shows an aggressive religion tackling a surprisingly passive people:

Unpleasant reality seems not to impress the Thais, who cherish a short-term value system and a crippling desire to avoid conflict. No one admits that Islam is invading Thailand. Yet if the present ineffectual policies remain in effect, the flight of Buddhists from the south will grow, and the border of Thailand will be redrawn. The insurgents will eventually deprive Thailand of at least three of its provinces.

Thais cannot believe that will happen, nor can they face the fact that their implacable enemy is a death cult that will never tolerate Buddhism. Simply being a Buddhist is a capital offence, according to the Koran. Thailand has yet to learn this, let alone believe it and take it into account.

Even though I can describe these irrational responses to the horror in the south, I admit I cannot explain why the Thais prefer them over common sense.

I can only provide this absurdly inadequate explanation: there is something in Thai culture, some pernicious maladaptation, that shrinks from reporting, facing or coping with bad news. Call it denial, call it a hatred of confrontation and conflict, call it the Thai misunderstanding of the Buddhist scriptures (the local version of Buddhism is profoundly infused with Hinduism, superstition and animism) — whatever you call it, I call it insanity.

After a very pleasant email exchange about Pastor John Hagee’s incredible speech at AIPAC, ExPreacherman directed me to a post he did, commenting upon an article Rabbi Daniel Lapin wrote about the West’s attack on Christians.  ExPreacherman’s post is a good bookend to the analysis about radical Islam in Thailand, because it’s a reminder that, while Western intellectuals engage in an utterly foolish and vindictive attack on the religion that served as the underpinning for the best of modern Western civilization, these same “thinkers” are turning a blind eye to the real terror in our midst.

Danny also directed me to another great Gates of Vienna post, this one by Fjordman.  It’s worth reading because it discusses the suicide mentality that characterizes Western culture.  Not suicide as in “let’s all slit our wrists tomorrow,” but suicide as in “our culture is worthless, let’s just roll over and let the Barbarians replace it with their misogynistic, anti-Semitic, anti-Christian, anti-education, anti-freedom, anti-Democracy agenda.”  As I noted in an earlier post, our inability to recognize our own virtues and defend ourselves may well be a deliberate legacy planted by the Soviet Union during the Cold War.  However, we came by it, though, the worst part is that those of us who haven’t succumbed to this cancer of self-loathing are going to die anyway, just as cancer in a specific organ will eventually defeat a body that is healthy in all other respects.

Okay, time to stop now, because my little human in boxes are pressing in on me with the “Mommy, Mommy” cry, but I still have a few more things I’ll want to post about.