Here is the novelty: Our new enemies are not political enemies in any traditional sense, belligerent in the service of certain interests of their own. Their belligerence is focused rather on the very existence of an alternative to their vision of beatitude, namely on Western democracy and its commitment to individual freedom and economic prosperity. This was put with all possible clarity by Hussein Massawi, a former Hezbollah leader. "We are not fighting," he said, "so that you will offer us something. We are fighting to eliminate you."From Armavirumque HT Austin Bay
This reminds me of something I read many years ago and refer to now and then. A Short History of Liberty by Dean Russell, which was published in The Freeman, January, 1955. How far along the way is America? he asks. Bondage, Faith, Understanding, Courage, Liberty, Abundance, Complacency, Apathy, Dependency, and back into Bondage.
Do libertarians have the courage to recognize the danger we face and to fight it? Or are they complacent and apathetic enough to let us go back into the bondage of a theocratic state? One of the personal responsibilities we face is the need to recognize that sometimes we need to act AS A NATION to defend, as best we know how, liberty. Most libertarians are anti-war, but they fail to recognize that once again, for the 4th time since 1900, there is a global enemy who hates liberty and would exterminate us because we are not like them.