Shorter Victor Davis Ozymandis Alexander Hadrian Montezuma Kublai Nelson Hanson: One ah dese days, some Muslim is gonna put the willing in our executioners.
This seems to be a common trait in war boosterism. As popular support for our various martial efforts wanes, the few remaining jingos commit themselves to increasingly outlandish claims about the inevitable, and probably genocidal, response of the American public. Yet their certainty that global pogroms are just around the corner if the damned Muslims don't shape up is tinged equally with vicious condecesion toward the sleeping giant, America:
Most Americans will not remember Fort Dix in a week — just as they have forgotten Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Seattle, Lodi, Portland, and all the rest; just as they want out of Fallujah now and probably Kandahar tomorrow.Get off the couch, America, and kill something! Plaintively homicidal is an odd tone indeed, but there it is.
Yet, at some point, the jihadists will go too far. Many of us, erroneously as it turned out, thought that, after twenty years of serial provocations, radical Islam had done precisely that on 9/11.
Apparently not. But such forbearance, even at this late hour in the post-West, is still not limitless.
The more a Palestinian imam promises us our death, the more the Iranian president promises a world without America, the more these al Qaedists, like the most recent keystone clowns at Fort Dix, do their small part in trying to reify such mad rhetoric, and the more the sophisticated apologists assure us that we, not they, are the real threat, the more likely the sofa-sitting, channel-surfing American will some day very soon blow up, rather than be blown up.