Friday, October 06, 2006

James Lileks has some thoughts on Islamism, "the other" and various other elements of our current global conflict. His thoughts are fairly straightforward as I see them, and generally represent the most rational way of approaching the situation that I can see.

But then he concludes with a metaphor that's really pretty terrifying:

Ever watched a fight on TV? Before the bout everyone's milling around in the ring; there's hard looks and grins and hangers-on and photographers, and a general air of excitement and anticipation, but everyone's enjoying the moment. Then the bell clangs. Everyone heads to their [sic] corners. They know exactly which corner is theirs.

We may think that bell's already rung, but it hasn't. Believe me, you'll know it when it does.
I mean, I've thought about this possibility before—generally that we could start seeing escalation upon escalation, leading to all-out global conflict between Muslim and not—but never in quite such stark terms.

I'm going to have to do some thinking about this one.

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