Understanding the Enemy
National Review: Our Two-Front Struggle -- Pre-modern plus postmodern equals riots in Afghanistan by Victor Davis Hanson
Afghan rioters, and the Islamist organizations that have endorsed them, live in the eighth century of rumor, sexual and religious intolerance, tribal chauvinism, and gratuitous violence -- but now electrified by the veneer of the 21st-century civilization that is not their own, but sometimes fools the naïve that it is. Yet all the illumination in the modern world — neon, fluorescent, or incandescent — cannot light up the illiberal Dark Age mind if it is not willing (or forced) to begin the long ordeal of democracy, tolerance, legality, and individual rights. Despite cheap, accessible, and easy-to-operate consumer goods imported from the Westernized world, the thinking of a bin Laden or Muslim Brotherhood still leads back to swords, horses, and jihad, not ahead to iPods and Microsoft.