Afghan President Hamid Karzai was at a press conference with President Bush today, expressing a touching gratitude towards how much individual Americans have sacrificed to make improvements in his country. It truly is a treat for any patriotic American to hear.
Then, a fifth-columnist reporter sought to get Karzai to say that he opposes the Iraq War, or that it has increased terrorism. Nothing is particularly new about such stunts, except whom she posed the question to. Hoping for something to use to undermine the War in Iraq, she instead got a look from Karzai that revealed his utter astonishment that someone in such a high-paying job, a female living in New York no less, could be so opposed to fighting something that is plainly and obviously a direct threat to her own life.
We should be grateful for Hamid Karzai. In the War on Terror, he is truly one of the few in that part of the world who does not draw upon moral equivalence and double standards in determining which side is the one that contributes positively to humanity. Those Americans who want to win the War on Terror have done a poor job of making use of leaders like Karzai, where we should be finding ways to get his words as much media exposure as possible. More than anyone else, this man is a symbol of one key victory in the war.
It must be extremely demoralizing for Karzai to see that some (not all) members of the American media are so bent on rooting for him and others like him in Iraq to fail. Will Karzai's articulate speech get this reporter to change her opinions to the tiniest degree? There is about as much chance of that as there is of an Al-Qaeda operative deciding to renounce his ideology and join a boy band.
There was a time when it would have been considered strange for some people to openly oppose measures that may prevent themselves from getting killed by terrorists. As a wise man once said, a society is decadent when apathy is dominant, and the absurd seems normal. A decadent society has to make a conscious effort to improve, or otherwise decline.
I have been giving some thought as to why 8-10% of the human population is so bent on self-destruction, and perhaps the answer is Darwinian. In nature, many species have natural predators to weed out the weak or defective members. Since humans have no natural predators, nature had to adapt in order to continue the filtering process. Nature responded by programming some members of the human species to weed themselves out voluntarily, by taking active action. This manifests itself in the behavior described above, as well as in suicide bombings, etc. Perhaps Darwinian natural selection has become natural self-selection.
Perhaps this is the true key to understanding the threats we face.