Quote of the Day.

Via David Hardy, from a Harvard Crimson op-ed you really ought to read the whole of:

Academia is inherently ill-equipped to deal with the realities of conflict, since it is based on the premise that disputes can be resolved through rational exchange of ideas. Yet violence, whether it happens to squirrels or Harvard undergraduates, is a strange animal. It is sudden, profound, and oblivious to logic and theory.

Change “Academia” to “Intellectuals” or “Bureaucrats” or, as David put it, “Elites,” (or Thomas Sowell, “The Anointed,”) and it goes a long way to explaining the Iraq Study Group’s conclusion that we need to engage Syria and Iran in negotiations:

In order to foster such consensus, the United States should embark on a robust diplomatic effort to establish an international support structure intended to stabilize Iraq and ease tensions in other countries in the region. This support structure should include every country that has an interest in averting a chaotic Iraq, including all of Iraq’s neighbors—Iran and Syria among them. Despite the well-known differences between many of these countries, they all share an interest in avoiding the horrific consequences that would flow from a chaotic Iraq, particularly a humanitarian catastrophe and regional destabilization.

Doesn’t that just drip with the belief that “disputes can be resolved through rational exchange of ideas” while completely ignoring the fact that these states are violent, and thus not interested in the stability of Iraq? In fact, that they find the instabilty in Iraq to their advantage?

Doesn’t that one quote explain the urge to find out “why they hate us” – so we can exchange ideas rationally and resolve our dispute? Doesn’t this explain Neville Chamberlain perfectly? Our media? The Left?

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