FUNDAMENTAL TRUTH #31: “Islam and guns are a lot alike. And yet when something bad happens, we try to ban one and forgive the other.” -Old Pithy

Posted by PITHOCRATES - September 14th, 2010

INSTRUMENTS OF PEACE

Yes, people with guns do kill people.  And, yes, extreme Islamic fundamentalist fanatics do kill people.  But guns keep the peace.  As does less fanatical Islam.

Societies have formed militias (armed with guns) to protect themselves from aggressors who did not wish to cohabitate in peace.   Thomas Jefferson used guns to stop the piracy along the Barbary Coast.  The Allies used guns to stop Adolf Hitler.  The NATO nations used guns to balance the Soviet threat in Eastern Europe.  An American led coalition used guns to first prevent Saddam Hussein from invading Saudi Arabia.  They then used guns to force him out of Kuwait.

Islam, and religion in general, provides a code of morality.  Religion can unite an otherwise diverse people.  It is this common faith that lets a diverse people to live together in peace and harmony.

GUNS DON’T KILL; PEOPLE DO

Guns don’t kill people.  And it’s not the bullets, either.  You can place a loaded handgun on a table with the safety off and it won’t do anything.  You can call it a name, sleep with its wife or impregnate its daughter (figuratively, of course) and it will just lay there.  For that gun to do something, a person has to pick it up.  Place their finger on the trigger.  Aim.  And shoot.  Until a person does, a gun will never harm a soul.

ISLAM DOESN’T KILL; PEOPLE DO

You can read about Islam in a book.  You can put that book on a table and it won’t do anything.  You can insult it, profane it and denounce it and it will just lay there.  For this religion to do something, someone has to read the book.  If they cannot read, a person who has read the book has to explain it to the illiterate one.  And then act.  Only when a person makes a conscious choice to commit some action can a religion harm anyone.  And if these people choose peace there will be peace.  If they choose violence there will be violence. 

ZYKLON B DOESN’T KILL; PEOPLE DO

The Nazis used to shoot undesirables (Jews, gypsies, Slavs, etc.).  They’d make a mother hold a child so one bullet could kill two.  But as the killing increased, bullets just proved to be inefficient.  And costly.  So they developed the extermination camps.  The death chamber.  And Zyklon B.  This poison could be stored and handled safely.  When it was time, a person would open a canister and pour the chemical into the gas chamber.  If left undisturbed in the canisters, Zyklon B never would have harmed a soul.  It only killed when a person placed it in into an environment where it could.

WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION DON’T KILL; PEOPLE DO

The Kurds are a lot like the Palestinians, only without Jewish neighbors.  After the breakup of the Ottoman Empire, everyone in Mesopotamia got a nation-state except the Kurds.  With the new national borders, the nomadic Kurds could no longer move freely through the lands they once did.   And, well, this caused problems.  Conflicts.  And bitter feelings.  The Kurds supported the Iranians in the Iran-Iraq war.  Saddam Hussein was not amused.  The Iraqis had stockpiles of chemical weapons.  Hussein decided to use them.  On the Kurdish town of Halabja.  He killed some 5,000 Kurds.  Injured about 10,000 more.  Mostly civilians.  If these weapons were not loaded on aircraft, then flown over and dropped on Halabja, they would not have harmed a soul.  But when orders were given, and carried out, by people, they did.

PEOPLE DON’T KILL; IDEOLOGY DOES

Yeah, so it’s pretty clear that guns, religion and chemicals are pretty benign when left alone.  Unless a person gets involved, these things just won’t hurt anyone.  It’s the people.  They’re the problem.

There are a lot of gun owners in the United States.  Few use their guns to hurt others, though.  And Muslims tell us their religion is a religion of peace.  Only a small minority perverts it to harm others.  And there’re many national leaders.  Few have committed chemical genocide.  So it’s not all people.  Just some.  That are the problem.

So what, then, makes some people do these things while others do not?  Ideology.  Some people are passionate about their ideology.  And some are so passionate that they do not permit an alternative ideology.  This is when things get dangerous.  Because they kill for their ideology.

WE KEEP GUNS OFF OF AIRPLANES AND LOOK WHAT HAPPENED

The Left wants to take away our guns.  They point to gun violence and say, “See?”  But law-abiding gun owners don’t commit these crimes.  Criminals commit these crimes.  Using guns obtained on the black market.  And denying law-abiding citizens from owning guns won’t shut down the black market.  Just as illegalizing drugs hasn’t made drugs unavailable.  Make something illegal and a thriving black market will develop.  Which will be lucrative for criminals.  So much so that they will use extreme violence to maintain their market share.

Let’s imagine a fictional world where we ban all guns.  Would it be a better, more peaceful world?

On September 11, 2001, Islamic fundamentalists armed with box cutters hijacked 4 commercial jetliners.  Two of these planes crashed into the Twin Towers.  One crashed into the Pentagon.  The passengers on one plane fought back with what weapons they could find.  The plane crashed.  They died.  But they prevented the terrorists from successfully completing their mission.

Since 9/11, some people carry guns on airplanes.  You know why?  Because a gun can stop a passionate ideologue with a box cutter.

DON’T IMPOSE YOUR VALUES ON ME

Ideology is far more dangerous than guns.  And yet, when something bad happens with a gun the Left wants to enact another level of gun control.  But when a militant Islamic fundamentalist kills Americans, the Left cautions us not to rush to judgment.  Because we may anger the Muslim world.  Who appear only to get angrier however we may try to appease them.  And yet we continue to try.  Even if it compromises our national security.  There comes a point where you have to ask yourself, why?  Why do we adhere to a lose-lose policy?

They don’t like us.  They never will like us.  Trying to make them like us only portrays us as weak.  Which makes them feel more contempt for us.  And emboldens them.  For they respect strength.  And only strength.  Which is something the Left does not understand.  Nor will they ever.  For they think that if you just apologize enough people will like you.

Of course, the Left has no compunction about attacking Christianity.  They have no problem with pornographic films with priests and nuns.  A movie where Jesus Christ has an affair with Mary Magdalene.  Or placing a crucifix in a jar of urine and calling it art.  But they would never, ever, show such disrespect to Islam.  Why?

The Left does not like the Christian Right imposing their values on them.  So they attack Christianity.  And support Islam.  In the name of religious freedom.  Christianity must accommodate Islam.  And we must forgive every transgression of Islam.  Anyone who disagrees is a right-wing extremist.  Intolerant.  And un-American.  The Left couldn’t ask for a better group of people to exploit.

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There Were Planes and There Were People

Posted by PITHOCRATES - September 12th, 2010

Yesterday was the anniversary of 9/11.  Today is the anniversary of the start of the conspiracy theories.

There were those who were adamant that it was an inside job.  That George W. Bush did it.  They said he was the brilliant mastermind behind the attacks.  When they weren’t calling him the incompetent in chief.  They pointed to the Pentagon attack.  An obvious missile attack.  There was no way a big plane like Boeing 757 could thread its way down to a streetlight-top altitude and hit the side of that building.  Maybe a cruise missile could, but not a commercial jet.  All right.  Let’s accept that theory.  Now answer me this.  Where is the plane?  Where are the passengers and crew?  Where are they today?

THE MIGHTY ARMS OF ATLAS

The engineers designed the Twin Towers to withstand the impact of an airplane.  To make it safe like the Empire State Building.  For when a plane struck the Empire State Building, it didn’t collapse.  But the Twin Towers did.  Proof that the Bush administration purposely blew up the Twin Towers.  And those commercial jetliners that hit the towers that day?  That was just a coincidence.  Or a clever ruse.  Perhaps military drones sent in to allay suspicion.  Or that Bush used unwitting terrorists as convenient patsies for his devilish schemes.  Just something that an evil genius would do.

The plane that crashed into the Empire State Building was a World War II medium bomber (B-25) with a cruising speed of about 230 mph.  The B-25 had a maximum speed of about 275 mph and had a range of about 1,300 miles.  It weighed just under 20,000 pounds empty.  It carried approximately 670 gallons of fuel when fully fueled.   The Boeing 767, on the other hand, has the following stats:  typical cruising speed: 530 mph; maximum takeoff weight: 450,000 pounds; maximum range: 5,625 nautical miles; maximum fuel capacity: 23,980 gallons.

The B-25 was a gorgeous, fast and lethal plane.  For its time.  But it pales in comparison to the 767.  The weight and speed of a 767 hitting a building could not be anything but cataclysmic.  But the Twin Towers withstood those impacts.  They absorbed tremendous amounts of kinetic energy.  Far more than the designers ever envisioned.  And yet the mighty arms of Atlas still reached skyward.  But that kinetic energy did its damage.  It compromised the fire proofing on the structural steel.  And there was all that fuel.  And fire.  A scenario no designer ever contemplated.

The Twin Towers had an ingenious open-floor plan.  Instead of having big columns in the office spaces, the sides of the building carried the load.  The floors were ‘hung’ from this structural steel.  The floors provided the rigidity of the towers while the exterior walls carried the weight.  With the fireproofing compromised, though, the steel spanning the floors heated up in that inferno.  It began to soften.  And sag.  This compromised the structural integrity.  The steel members could move.  Attachment points strained.  And failed.  A floor collapsed.  This increased instability.  More movement.  More stress.  More failures.  More floors collapsed.  One on top of another.  And then walls came tumbling down.

It was all that jet fuel.  It could sustain a fire to burn long enough and hot enough to soften structural steel (which is why structural steel is fireproofed).  That’s what brought the Twin Towers down.  Not George W. Bush.

THEY FOUGHT BACK

Of course, there’s not much the conspirators can say about the 4th plane.  Because of cell phones.  After the hijacking, passengers talked to family/others.  They learned that hijacked commercial jetliners attacked the Twin Towers and the Pentagon.  The passengers and crew on this hijacked jetliner knew what was going to happen.  They were going to die.  So they became the first to go on the offensive in the War on Terror.  They won the first skirmish in this new war.  A battle they entered likely knowing they would not survive.  But they swallowed their fear.  And acted.  Ordinary people doing extraordinary things.  God rest their souls.

There are a lot of conspiracy theories out there.  What you don’t hear a lot of is conspiracy motives.  I mean, if George W. Bush did this, why?  So he could have a successful war?  Like LBJ?  Did he also plan and execute the first World Trade Center bombing?  The Tanzanian Embassy bombing?  The Kenyan Embassy bombing?  The Khobar Towers bombing?  The USS Cole attack?  Did he create this anti-American sentiment as a clever ruse so one day he could become president and go to war?  This incompetent in chief? 

KNOW YOUR ENEMIES

Or can it be that America has real enemies?  People who resent and envy our life of plenty and freedom?  People in closed societies.  With an illiterate populace.  Who only know what their leaders tell them.  And their leaders lie.  The Soviet Union was such a society (well, a similar society, for they were literate.  But they only read propaganda so the end result was the same).  When a Soviet spy saw how it really was in the decadent West, he or she said screw this and defected.

If we’re speaking of motives, we should be asking what our enemies’ motives are.  For if we do, we don’t have to come up with any wild-ass conspiracy theories.  With them, if it walks, acts and quacks like a duck, it’s a duck.  They hate us.  They want to kill us.  So they try to kill us.  Whenever they get the chance.  It’s pretty straightforward.  Why, even George W. Bush could see this.  And that’s why the bad guys feared him.  He not only dug in his heels, he fought back.  With grim determination.  Unlike his predecessor.  Or his successor.

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