Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Thanks as always to The Daley Gator, The Other McCain, Pirate’s Cove, Flappr, and Bacon Time for the Rule Five links!

Now then: Over at Unherd, we see a great argument that today’s vicious jihadis, like the ones that committed atrocities in Israel last October 7th, are actually worse than Nazis.  And, yeah, it’s a pretty good argument.

Jihadists are worse than the Nazis were, neuroscientist and podcaster Sam Harris has claimed.

Citing jihadists’ religious fervour and the popularity of Islamic fundamentalism among ordinary citizens of Muslim-majority countries, Harris warned that they posed a greater threat to humanity than the Nazis did.

“It’s Nazism plus religious fanaticism,” he said on a Wednesday episode of his podcast, Making Sense with Sam Harris. “Nazism plus an eagerness to be martyred, and to see their children martyred.” He continued: “There are many differences between Nazism and jihadism, but they only make Nazism look comparatively benign.”

Comparatively, of course; the Nazis were vicious, but today’s run of jihadis are even more vicious, even more uncivilized, and commit atrocities that would have made a lot of SS men dry-heave.

“The Nazis didn’t use their own women and children as human shields. That would have been worse. How could you have made Auschwitz worse? You could have given the guards a belief system that made them feel actual religious ecstasy as they herded innocent people into gas chambers. That would have been worse,” he said.

“And it would have been worse had these beliefs been central to the worldview of a majority of ordinary Germans, and therefore difficult to separate from their other religious beliefs that gave their lives meaning,” Harris said.

Israel seems to know how to handle these vicious jihadi animals – hunt them down and kill them.  Even in this process, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have exercised more than reasonable precautions to avoid the collateral injuries and deaths that have always been and always will be a part of war, and in this case, Hamas is making that difficult by literally using their own population as human shields.

This is not a war like many others. This is not a clash of civilizations. This war, one that Israel is fighting now but one that threatens to engulf the planet, is a war between the civilized and the uncivilized, and the uncivilized will not surrender or change their ways. It’s a horrible thing to contemplate, but it’s very likely this won’t end until the last jihadi and the last terror enabler that fund and equip them, are hunted down in their holes and killed.