Stephen MacMillan Moser’s May 18 article reveals a void of intellectual and moral maturity [“After a Fashion,” Arts
]. I intend no ad hominem attack on Mr. Moser, but really. He confirms Churchill’s famous observation that if you are older than 40 and a liberal, you have no brain.
As the Byrds' old song “Turn! Turn! Turn!” (where verses from the Old Testament are used as lyrics) attests, there is “a time of war” and “a time of peace.” Perhaps Mr. Moser was too young at the time to recall that. But the timeless wisdom of those lines has escaped him now. Indeed, he apparently longs nostalgically for the time of “beads … incense … music by Buffy Sainte-Marie and Donovan.” Today, as in the Sixties and Seventies, this type of credulity weakens the civilized world – with dire consequences.
Alas, peace will never “rule the Earth.” There will always be evil men willing to use aggressive violence and despotism to impose their malevolent goals. As much as we wish otherwise, this is the way of the world. It happened in World War II and the Cold War. And the only reason those evil men did not succeed was because more courageous good men stood to defeat them.
History is now repeating itself. The new enemies of liberty are the forces of radical Islamist supremacy. They are committed to enslaving the world just as the Nazis, Japanese, and Soviets attempted in those earlier conflicts. It is time for Mr. Moser and all who would look away to understand that there are millions of Islamist extremists devoted to this sinister cause. Item one is the September 11 attack against America and the free world. If we do not defeat these terrible people, they will impose worldwide genocide, cultural collapse, and tyranny surpassing all previous crimes against humanity.