We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
1. Terrorism is caused by poverty and hopelessness. Balderdash. Bin Ladin has - what - $50 million and how many wives with American Express cards? The NYT buys it, and even Blair seems to, and of course the Left buys any simplistic Marxist view. This terrorism is caused by a religious perversion which denies the humanity of, and indeed hates unto death, those of different faith - see prescient joke posted earlier this week, which seems less funny now.
2. The Crusaders were evil. Not really. They were sent by their clergy to re-open access to Jerusalem as a pilgrimage site, after it had been occupied by invading Moslem armies and closed to Christian pilgrimage. Put it in historical context - pilgrimages were a big deal back then, and everyone, from peasant to prince, dreamed of walking in Christ's footsteps. Many still do, but now we can. No ancestor-guilt, please - it is neurotic, as I am sure our Dr. Bliss would say.
3. Don't make them even madder by trying to get rid of them. Huh? Is that rational? Appeasing people who want to kill you? What do you do when rattlesnakes come into your house? Give them the house? Never try to "understand" people who want to destroy you - they have written themselves out of the civil realm and must be dealt with differently (unless you have behaved in deeply evil ways yourself - which we ain't done.). Think "Hitler".
4. Britain's psychotically PC immigration policies: you cannot open your door to snakes who are hostile to your gentle culture, and then bitch when they bite you. Rome already tried that, and socio-politically, Italy has been a mess ever since. Remember, the barbarians did not so much attack as simply migrate into the empire. If you want a gentle, civil culture, you need tough borders and boundaries, a shell, just as we do in our personal lives. Freedom, gentility, and civility are not birthrights: some things in life must be fought for. What is happening in Europe is properly called "invasion," not immigration. We have the battles of Tours and Lopanto, redux. Hey, cousins - save yourselves before it's too late. We are already calling it "Londistan" and "Euristan."