Thursday, May 18, 2006
Tides and Gnawing
Wretchard, as is his wont, posts an exceptional essay at The Belmont Club. He senses a change in the blogosphere. This fair wind brings hope, I think.
I agree with Jamie Irons, this is brilliant prose. For the rest, as we say, read the whole thing.
For mostly unrelated reasons, I found the following irresistible for comment:
The need to keep mental furniture in order is the curse of the abstract thinker. A recent visitor from the
This describes perfectly the unreformed, un-reconstituted Peaceniks of our youth, who now expend such pointless musings and ravings, “gnawing at the ends of old plots.” That so many of these old Socialists are deeply embedded (installed? tenured?) in the institutions of the press, academia,
Pity them if you will, but for goodness sake, keep them from the driver’s seat.
Austin Bay agrees with Wretchard’s analysis, and follows the thread to ask what’s caused the change:
If Wretchard is right, what might those “incremental events” be that have led to the change in tone? Here’s my first guess, one I’m fairly certain is accurate: there’s a growing awareness that Al Qaeda is being defeated– it’s not dead but it’s on its way to defeat. Even Al Qaeda’s latest rants reflect an awareness that their great gambit has failed. Violent political Islamism isn’t defeated– but its Al Qaeda avatar is on the ropes. Let’s hope that leads to a “re-consideration of methods” by other violent political Islamists (like, drop the violent?). Here’s my second candidate: There is also a growing awareness that
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