Monday, June 05, 2006

Slouching Towards Bethlehem

The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world...
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?
~ W.B. Yeats, The Second Coming (1921)

I don't usually watch television news anymore. But tonight, I was curious to see what the networks would do with the double whammy of Canadian and British Islamic terrorist stories running in parallel. Talk radio was packed with both stories today.

Since taking the war seriously is not on their list of priorities, I wasn't expecting much from old MSM, mainstream media. They did not disappoint. There was a brief mention of the Canadian Islamic terror threat tonight on the evening news. It was sandwiched between the lead story on the marriage amendment and extensive footage of dead civilians in Iraq.

There was no mention at all of the British Islamic terror sting operation, where a suspected chemical, biological, or radation weapon is still missing in London. Neither was there a whisper about the U.S. Marines whose names were cleared of wrongdoing in civilian deaths in Ishaqi, Iraq.

So as old media meticulously selects which stories to tell and how carefully to present them in the most agenda-supporting fashion, our peril at the hands of Islamic terrorists grows. Will it take another 9/11 to make the war believable? Or would such a catastrophe serve only to increase the fashionable media inference that somehow we've brought all these consequences down upon our own heads?

These questions have potential answers that frighten me. Americans are approaching a turning point in our history which, if not navigated with strength and honesty, leads us down a dark and very difficult road, one with perhaps no off ramp. Congress dithers while the borders, both north and south, teem with unknown dangers. The Iranian president is brazenly hell-bent on destruction, while the U.S. is cast as the bully. The press demonizes our military while either criticizing or ignoring law enforcement efforts to foil Islamic terrorist plots before more innocent blood explodes across our continent.

There is no greater danger to our safety than our smug media elites, so eager to assign us blame at every turn, so sure that they have all the correct answers--so unwilling to recognize the fact that they are being used as patsies by the terrorists.

The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.