Thursday, July 27, 2006

Thoughts on the Bronze Age

If you accept the seizure of the US embassy in Iran (November 1979) as the start of the bloody problems, of the Islamist terrorist variety, in the World then this war on terror is in its 27th year with no end it sight. There are some of course who date the start of this war at 1095. There have been a few periods of peace, as the west calls it, or periods of planning, as the terrorist call it. And now bullets and bombs are flying on daily escalating bases. The good are dying with the bad.

The problem, as Mark Shea so eloquently puts it, “Today’s Western culture can’t understand cutting edge Bronze Age thinking.” Or is it "the thinking of Foaming Bronze Age Fanatics", close enough.

I think Chesterton and Belloc did understand.

I came across the following at ParaPundit

Chesterton on Islam
A void is made in the heart of Islam which has to be filled up again and again by a mere repetition of the revolution that founded it. There are no sacraments; the only thing that can happen is a sort of apocalypse, as unique as the end of the world; so the apocalypse can only be repeated and the world end again and again. There are no priests; and this equality can only breed a multitude of lawless prophets almost as numerous as priests. The very dogma that there is only one Mohamet produces an endless procession of Mohamets.

And for my part I cannot but believe that a main unexpected thing of the future is the return of Islam. Since religion is at the root of all political movements and changes and since we have here a very great religion physically paralyzed but morally intensely alive, we are in the presence of an unstable equilibrium which cannot remain permanently unstable.

For complete article go here

The Qassam Brigades is the Palestinians’ largest and best organized militant group but it is not the only militia operating in the area under Palestinian control. At least six other armed groups field soldiers to fight Israel or, when there are no Israelis to fight — as was the case for nine months after Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza last year — to fight among themselves. (For complete story go here)
From Monty Python’s Life Of Brian

REG: Right. You're in. Listen. The only people we hate more than the Romans are the --ing Judean People's Front.
P.F.J.: Yeah...
JUDITH: Splitters.
P.F.J.: Splitters...
FRANCIS: And the Judean Popular People's Front.
P.F.J.: Yeah. Oh, yeah. Splitters. Splitters...
LORETTA: And the People's Front of Judea.
P.F.J.: Yeah. Splitters. Splitters...
REG: What?
LORETTA: The People's Front of Judea. Splitters.
REG: We're the People's Front of Judea!
LORETTA: Oh. I thought we were the Popular Front.
REG: People's Front! C-huh.

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1 comment:

Nick Milne said...

I've noticed that these militants really seem to like the word "Brigades" for their pompous names.

In any event, it's worth noting that the Bronze Age is not some backwards era where everyone was a lunatic, and certainly didn't extend into the seventh century. We have made much of the point that we need a healthy spirituality to fight a diseased one, and the healthy spirituality in our case really is centered around a Bronze Age tribal deity. He is the War God of Israel, and we must never forget that His earliest foes on Earth were the likes of Astarte and Baal Moloch, other BATD's who are frequently invoked as avatars of modern problems. The personality of Allah and Islam, by contrast, is a syncretic mishmash that could best be described as an agonistic Arian Paganism.

That's what I think, anyway.