People often cringe when you assert that values must be imposed. They mistakenly think of a Jerry Fallwell or Pat Robertson telling them what to do in their own bedroom. On the contrary, there are simply behaviors which cannot be allowed in a viable social order. Burning a widow to death in a suttee ritual is forbidden regardless of the passion of one’s belief in this gruesome and long established practice. Democracy must be imposed on the Middle East. This is nonnegotiable if we wish to save the world from utter destruction. An attitude of live and let live is not appropriate in this situation. If nothing else, 9/11 pushed us into this new direction. It was reason alone to liberate Iraq. The weapons of mass destruction and other issues are of secondary importance. Bernard Lewis has often warned of the rage of the Muslim world. Some 400-500 years ago, its leaders decided to turn their back on scientific advances and the overall modern project. The West soon started to dominate in about every conceivable category. The supposed children of allah, especially Arab males, saw their power disappear. By the the 19th Century, Muslims could only dream of the halcyon days of long gone era. This turned into outrage and bitterness sometime in the mid 1950s. Since Muslims were suppose to reign supreme---it was obvious that they were cheated. The Jews and their Christian infidel cohorts had stabbed them in the back and stolen their natural birthright. Considering their premises, what other conclusion could they reach?
The Islamic nihilists have declared war on the West. We are in a fight to the death. No longer can we look the other way while much of the Muslim world remains in the 15th Century. They must become full citizens of the 21st. Are we doing them a favor? Yes, but our primary motivation must be premised on self preservation. Democracy must become the norm---even though in the short run our lives might even be made a bit more endangered. Admittedly, in the here and now, a tyrannical dictator may be able to squash the terrorists. Our adventure in Iraq where the first domino is falling is merely a step in the right direction. Our long term goal is to convert the whole region over the democratic way of living. If we fail to succeed, there might not even be a long term agenda to worry about. The Muslim nihilists could destroy all life on this planet if let unhindered. Either pay the relatively modest price today---or suffer the awful consequences tomorrow. Which option do you prefer? You must decide whether you like it or not.