There’s a guy in Germany by the name of Henryk M. Broder, and he has written a book. In English, the translation of the title of his book is “Hurray! We’re Capitulating!” Der Spiegel has translated a chapter of this book to English and put it on their website, and this guy… It is amazing because this is a German. When the Germans start calling us a bunch of wimps and wusses, it tells me things have gotten pretty bad! He doesn’t just focus on us, he focuses on the entire Western societies, Western Civilization, western nations, and he says it’s not been published in English yet. That’s why this excerpt of the book in English on Der Spiegel is so valuable. He takes on the West’s reaction to the Dutch cartoons of Muslims, portraying Mohammed. He’s fed up. He is really concerned that the West is just a bunch of passive cowards and doesn’t have the fortitude, above or below the waist, to do anything about this enemy that is making it clear what their intentions are.
RUSH: Get this little excerpt from the book, “Hurray! We’re Capitulating!” Henryk Broder. It’s not translated into English yet. There’s just one chapter on the Der Spiegel website. “The West seems to have no trouble offending the Muslim world these days. What should we do about it? Well, we might as well surrender. After all, we’re already on our way.” To me, it’s time to really examine who we are and where we are. Nothing against the Germans, but, for crying out loud, folks, they wouldn’t go with us into Iraq; they wouldn’t join us in any of these coalitions. When it a German author starts criticizing the fortitude of Western nations including the United States, it’s time to stand up and take notice.
RUSH: Let me read to you an excerpt here from the book by Henryk Broder called: “Hurray! We’re Capitulating!” This book was published last year. It’s not been translated into English yet. There’s just one chapter of it on Der Spiegel’s website. “Objectively speaking, the cartoon controversy was a tempest in a teacup. But subjectively it was a show of strength and, in the context of the ‘clash of civilizations,’ a dress rehearsal for the real thing. The Muslims demonstrated how quickly and effectively they can mobilize the masses, and the free West showed that it has nothing to counter the offensive — nothing but fear, cowardice and an overriding concern about the balance of trade. Now the Islamists know that they are dealing with a paper tiger whose roar is nothing but a tape recording.
“As different as the West’s reactions to the Muslim protests were, what they had in common were origins in feelings of powerlessness and helplessness. Critical souls who only yesterday agreed with Marx that religion is the opium of the masses,” read liberals, who agreed that “religion is the opium of the masses,” it’s no good; it’s not to be trusted or invested in, those same liberals now “suddenly insisted that religious sensibilities must be taken into account [when they are Muslim], especially when accompanied by violence. The representatives of open societies reacted like the inhabitants of an island about to be hit by a hurricane. Powerless against the forces of nature, they stocked up on supplies, nailed doors and windows shut and hoped that the storm would soon pass. Of course, whereas such a reaction may be an appropriate response to natural disasters, such a lack of resistance merely encourages [wacko] fundamentalists.
“It completely justifies their view of the West as weak, decadent and completely unwilling to defend itself. Those who react to kidnappings and beheadings, to massacres of people of other faiths, and to eruptions of collective hysteria with a call for ‘cultural dialogue’ don’t deserve any better,” and he is exactly right. So, Senator Hagel, and the rest of the Democrats who are joining in this resolution have to be counted as those who are willing to portray a lack of resistance, which is encouraging the fundamentalists. It justifies their view of us as weak, decadent and completely unwilling to defend ourselves. So from Nancy Pelosi and Jack Murtha on down to Chuck Hagel and whoever else, as General Petraeus said: the people with whom we are at war, look at resolutions like this and appearances like Senator Hagel’s and they laugh and they rub their hands together in glee because they realize what it represents is, we don’t have the guts anymore or the fortitude to defend ourselves! Instead, we have the Iraq surrender group which suggests talking to these people! The Muslim cartoon controversy? They were burning effigies of the Pope; the West cowered in fear, sought summits. “We must come together and understand why they hate us.” We are sowing the seeds of our own defeat if this kind of reluctance to face truth continues to grow and permeate. So far, it’s just in the Senate and half of this population, but who knows after 2008.