Uncle Orson Reviews Everything
October 4, 2012
First appeared in print in The Rhinoceros Times
, Greensboro, NC.
Let's Unlose This War
The reason it is so depressing to read Alone, the middle volume of William Manchester's
biography of Winston Churchill, is not because the British government was so obtuse in failing
to listen to Churchill's constant warnings about the rising menace of Adolf Hitler.
Why should that be depressing? After all, when Hitler finally got the war he had wanted for so
long, Churchill was elevated at last to be prime minister of Britain, and in that position he saved
Britain and, by the way, the world.
So this is the prelude to a tale of triumph. It is sad to see all the wasted opportunities, and to
think of all the millions of deaths that could have been prevented if Churchill's warnings had
only been heeded.
If Britain's pacifistic government had not deliberately concealed evidence that supported
Churchill's view and not their own.
If Britain's press had not deliberately suppressed accurate stories from reporters in the field that
made it clear exactly what Nazi government would and did mean in Austria, Czechoslovakia,
and in Germany itself.
Yet sad as these errors are, one can understand them, to a degree. The British public had not
forgotten the horrors of trench warfare, the millions of lives lost in pointless charges against
(They had never been told that it was Winston Churchill himself who had struggled and nearly
succeeded in preventing most of that wastage. Unfairly, he had been given the opposite
Also, Hitler encouraged the pacifists by his constant use of the Big Lie. Even though he never
kept a promise, he did keep making them. "This is the last territorial demand Germany will ever
make," he said over and over, and each time the pacifists were eager to believe him.
No, the reason I find myself consumed with sadness as I listen to Alone, 1932-1940 is that on
point after point, foolish mistake after foolish mistake, criminal neglect after criminal neglect, I
see that we are exactly echoing the errors of that time.
Bill Clinton was our Stanley Baldwin, a genial pol whose wetted finger was always up to test the
winds of public sentiment.
But Barack Obama is our Neville Chamberlain, a committed True Believer in the mad notion
that our enemies want peace as much as we do, and only hate us because of our mistakes.
We face enemies remarkably like Adolf Hitler. The leaders of Islamist fanatic groups and
governments, from Iran to Hamas and Hezbollah, from the Taliban to the Muslim Brotherhood,
from Al-Qaeda to the Syrian regime, resemble him in these ways:
1. They hate Jews. Call their victims "Zionists" in order to pretend, but it is Jews they kill
whenever and wherever they can.
And, just as in Hitler's day, the intellectuals of Europe and far too many in America rather agree
with them that Jews -- er, no, Zionists -- ah, that is, Neo-Conservatives -- are evil, cannot be
trusted, and deserve to be destroyed.
Thus when Iran threatens to use its nukes against Israel, there are many who are unconcerned
because as long as Jews are the only intended victims, they don't really mind all that much.
So much for learning and remembering the lessons of the Holocaust. Nukes are quicker and
cheaper than gas chambers. And if a few millions Muslims die along with the Jews.... Inshallah.
It is the will of God. They are martyrs.
2. Just like Hitler, they always cast themselves as the victims. Hitler pretended only to be trying
to protect people of German nationality wherever they lived.
Now Islamists claim to be victims everywhere. Let someone speak ill of their religion, their
scripture, or their founder, and they believe that this justifies them in any kind of thuggery,
murder, assassination, riot, and terrorism.
3. They are thugs. Like Hitler's Brown Shirts and SS, who terrorized Germans first in order to
bring Hitler to power and keep him there, Islamist thugs work first to terrorize other Muslims
and keep them from speaking out against their rule. Thus a tiny minority comes to dominate the
millions of Muslims, not just in Muslim-majority countries, but around the world.
No other world religion claims the right to be able to enforce their laws on unbelievers, to
impose the death sentence on anyone of any faith who offends their dogmas, and to kill any
member of their own faith who is insufficiently faithful or who attempts to leave Islam.
Quick, are there any Muslims reading this who are not afraid to speak up against any of these
Islamist groups or governments? Yes, raise your hands! But ... not very high. I don't want your
blood on my conscience.
4. They aim at nothing less than complete world domination. They have said so just as clearly as
Hitler did in Mein Kampf, and they continue to say it.
5. Like Hitler, these Islamists are contemptuous of Westerners who think negotiations mean
anything. When they think they're losing, they negotiate -- but then they keep none of the
promises they make. Not one. Not ever.
6. Like Hitler, they cheerfully exploit the Westerners who support their cause, but feel nothing
but contempt for them. The only people they respect are the ones who stand against them firmly.
7. Like Hitler, they have a whole list of kinds of people who need to be suppressed, oppressed, or
destroyed. The Islamist list includes:
Women, who must be made powerless and invisible, utterly uneducated and unfree.
Jews, who must be killed or expelled.
In Egypt, the Coptic Christians are being murdered in "spontaneous" (i.e., well-planned)
pogroms, while the authorities stand by to arrest the surviving Christians. This despite the fact
that Christians have been in Egypt far longer than any Muslims, since Egypt was a completely
Christianized land for centuries before Islam was founded.
In Iran, followers of Bahai and other minority faiths are jailed or murdered, forbidden to practice
In Afghanistan, when the Taliban ruled, followers of any religion but Islam were persecuted,
their holy sites obliterated or defaced.
In Nigeria, Muslim mobs massacre Christians, as the Muslim government stands by and then
pretends to investigate.
In places where Islamists rule, anyone who believes in democracy, or supports any law but the
fanatical Islamist version of Shari'a, or pursues any education but the study of Muslim scripture
in Arabic, is liable to be imprisoned, exiled, or impoverished -- if they aren't killed outright.
8. Like Hitler, Islamists are arming themselves and preparing for total war. Iran aims for nukes
and means to use them. Pakistan has nukes, but dares not use them because India has better
But the Islamists' real total war is not dependent on nukes. Iran's nukes are just as much about
dominating the other Muslim nations in their vicinity; though they are sincere about using them
against Israel, once they have done so, will Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the Emirates, Iraq, or
any other Muslim nation resist their leadership?
Their war against the West is to bring us down, and Osama bin Laden showed them how.
Attacks on public trust will eventually break down our economy, force governments to bow to
Because just as the Islamists use Hitler to teach them how to destroy us, it is as if our
"intellectual" elite -- our tenured professoriate, our monolithic news establishment, and
Hollywood -- were also following a script.
The script given them by British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain and the politicians and
newspaper editors who co-starred with him in a play they did not have to write down, because
they acted it out for us on the world stage:
How to Bring on a World War by "Appeasing" Those Who Do Not Want Peace.
Do you doubt me? Our mediacrats and professoriate bent over backward after 9/11 to make sure
not to sound patriotic, not to label Islamists as our enemies.
They are eager to blame terrorist acts on anyone but Islamists.
When a homegrown terrorist blows up a government building or assassinates a government
official, they blame conservative American talk radio shows -- on no evidence whatsoever.
But the assassination of an American ambassador in Libya and the storming of our embassy in
Egypt (a supposed ally) are blamed on a stupid movie. Our government does not defend our
principles of freedom of speech; instead, our government apologizes for offending Muslim
In fact, Barack Obama didn't defend American values because he doesn't value them. He has
already expressed his envy of the Chinese government's ability to make decisions without
consulting their people. He has already promised to give Putin a free hand, once he gets
He joins the professoriate and the mediocracy in their contempt for dissenting views, punishing
anyone who says things he doesn't like. He began his term by evading the Constitution by
replacing his cabinet with "czars" who do not have to be confirmed by the Senate, where
Republicans might question their shoddy credentials.
In this, too, Obama, the professoriate, and the mediacrats resemble Neville Chamberlain, the
pacifist politicians, and the newspaper owners and editors during the run-up to World War II,
when they constantly papered over or simply lied about Hitler's actions and the danger he posed.
They keep believing, as Chamberlain's companions kept believing, that negotiations only fail
because we haven't yet given enough, even though we have already given more than was safe or
Even now -- just as Chamberlain bullied Czechoslovakia's leaders in 1938 into giving up their
defensible borders and then kept no promises to protect them as their nation was erased and their
people enslaved or murdered -- so also Obama pressures our only reliable ally in the Middle
East not to defend themselves by the only possible means: preemptive destruction of their (and
our) enemy's nuclear strike capability.
Here is what happens when you pursue the Neville Chamberlain course that Barack Obama is so
carefully, systematically pursuing:
1. Negotiations lead to nothing. The enemy keeps no promises, and can't believe you keep
2. Yet as long as we keep giving them what they want, or postponing taking any action as long
as they hold out the promise of negotiations, they are happy to accept the extra time in which to
build up their ability to attack and destroy us.
3. Obama inherited two battle zones in the war against radical Islamism: Iraq and Afghanistan.
He has declared both wars over and is withdrawing our troops.
This is the equivalent of France and Britain allowing Hitler's Nazis to occupy the demilitarized
Rhineland and then to force anschluss with Austria.
4. The people of Afghanistan hated the Taliban and rejoiced when their murderous, repressive
regime fell. Just as Iraqis hated Saddam, and far more than Egyptians hated Mubarak, anyone
who has lived under Islamist rule hates the Islamists and longs for their destruction.
But Barack Obama and his fellow appeasers believe that other, lesser peoples don't really need
the same rights Westerners have. We have no responsibility to help them gain or keep such
Barack Obama has shown them (like Carter, Reagan, and Clinton before him) that there will be
no effective support from America for local resistance to the extension of Islamist rule.
Briefly, two presidents named Bush stood against Muslim aggressors, and a remarkable thing
happened: The Muslims who don't want to be ruled by these mad dictators fell in behind
American leadership and bet their lives and their futures on our victory.
And we won. Even if the occupation did not go brilliantly at first, we won, and the result was a
general backing down of support for Islamists all over the Middle East.
But with Barack Obama's decision to lose these wars, despite the fact that we won them, and
continued to prevail whenever and wherever adequate support was given, our friends and allies
in the Middle East have no choice but to make whatever accommodation they can with whoever
looks like the eventual winner.
Hint: As long as Barack Obama or any other member of the professoriate or mediocracy is
President, the U.S. is not going to look like the eventual winner.
When Barack Obama snubs Netanyahu of Israel, he no doubt imagines he is building friendship
But he is not. He is earning the contempt of the Islamists whose war against the West he thus
encourages, and he is showing those who would be our friends that American friendship means
After all, look how Obama treats Israel, our staunchest ally! If that's how America treats its
friends, it's time to join up with America's enemies.
There are still many millions of Americans who approve of Obama's decision to lose the war,
just as many millions of Britons rejoiced when Chamberlain came home from Munich with a
worthless treaty and promised "peace for our time."
These are the Americans who think that because Osama bin Laden is dead, we already won the
only war we ever meant to fight.
But we don't get to decide when the war is over -- they do. And President Obama's actions
have proven again and again that Osama bin Laden was absolutely right in his assessment of
We will not keep fighting. We win and then we quit; but the Islamists go on. All you have to
do, bin Laden taught, was keep on attacking, and eventually the Islamists will bring down the
whole Western civilization.
Then the Islamists can replace it with their own ugly, hate-filled, oppressive, racist, misogynist,
fanatic, murderous "law." Of course it will quickly become corrupt and the leaders will not be
true to the faith -- we do have the history of centuries of fanatical Muslim governments to show
But it will be no help to the people who groan under the heel of the Islamist conquerors.
Here's where we come to the crux of the matter. The professoriate and mediocracy think it's
absurd for me to talk about these terrorists actually bringing down Western Civilization.
When Churchill first started warning about the danger of Hitler's rearming of Germany, his
pacifist opponents ridiculed him. What threat could Germany possibly pose? Its economy was
in ruins, it had no army.
In fact, Germany had been oppressed by the unfair, impossible Versailles Treaty. It was only
right for them to reassert their pride. Cut them some slack!
And look how strong we are! We can never fall! (The fond belief of all great nations, just
before they fall.)
They kept insisting that Germany posed no threat, right up to the day when they suddenly
switched and said, Hitler is too strong to oppose. We dare not do anything to offend Hitler,
because we haven't the means to fight him.
Aren't we already there? Aren't people all over the world terrified of saying or doing anything
to offend the Islamists, knowing that they assassinate anyone who gives offense?
Haven't we already lost this war?
No, we haven't. We stand where Britain and France stood in 1939, having already decided to
lose, having already allowed their enemy to get weapons he shouldn't have had and to rule in
nations where they did not have to let him win.
Obama has already allowed Egypt to be turned over to Islamists, while doing nothing to help
democratic forces liberate themselves from the oppressive, terrorist-sponsoring Syrian
government that supports Hamas, Hezbollah, and the soon-to-be-nuclear Iranian ayatollahs.
Obama is already handing Afghanistan back to the Taliban, while Iraq is now in the shadow of
Because Obama has done nothing to prevent Iranian nuclear weaponry and is trying to prevent
Israel from doing our job for us, soon their fanatical government will dominate and intimidate
and effectively rule all of our friends in the Persian Gulf and beyond.
Because of this, our cause looks as hopeless as did Britain's and France's, when German tanks
rolled across the Polish border. Having already allowed all their friends and allies to be
destroyed or neutralized, they had no friends left.
Hitler's natural enemy, the Soviet Union, seeing that Britain and France were worthless allies,
made his own accommodation with Hitler. Other nations openly allied with him.
Their cause seemed lost.
But the British people recognized their danger and found their courage at last (though Neville
Chamberlain never did). They turned to the most brilliant leader available -- Winston Churchill
-- and finally gave him the power to lead them. It was almost too late.
Here's the problem. Mitt Romney is not Winston Churchill.
But he's also not Neville Chamberlain -- and Barack Obama is.
Had the Brits replaced Neville Chamberlain years earlier with someone who was not trapped in
an ideological box, they wouldn't have needed Winston Churchill.
After all, neither President Bush was a genius like Winston Churchill. But they did defend
Western Civilization against its enemies; and when they did, we found friends and allies where
we needed them.
All Mitt Romney needs is good sense, prudence, foresight, courage. He and Paul Ryan have
both shown that they have these attributes.
Nobody in America wants a war. That's why Romney isn't campaigning on the issues I've
raised here. He's campaigning on the economy, on getting rid of the crippling new entitlements
that Obama has established so that we don't go bankrupt.
Romney is campaigning on the promise that the 47% who pay no taxes might, if they want to,
improve their incomes until they do pay taxes; or if they are truly unable to work, he will help
grow the economy and reform the government so that there are enough taxpayers to maintain the
safety net for them.
Only by keeping a strong, free economy can the 47% continue to have the benefits of
government without paying income taxes to sustain it. So it's in the self-interest of all
Americans, for economic reasons alone, to support Romney.
But if the economy were the only issue, we could probably survive four more years of Obama;
economic recovery from his ideological mistakes would be harder and more expensive, but it
could still be done.
However, Obama's ideological decision to lose the war is one that cannot be undone four years
Friends and allies that have been obliterated or have fallen under Islamist rule cannot then be
regained without bloody battles.
When fanatical Islamists rule in every Muslim-majority country, we will have the open war
against all of world Islam that the presidents Bush so carefully kept us out of. It will be Barack
Obama who gave us that world war (as Neville Chamberlain gave us a needless world war)
instead of the limited wars of the Georges.
When Iranian nukes can be launched against cities in Europe, while Iran's leaders don't care
whether we retaliate against their own population, what allies will we be able to gather to our
Make no mistake: We can pretend this election is about the economy, but the primary
responsibility of the President of the United States is the safety of the American people, and
Barack Obama has proven to us, without any doubt, that he is not even interested in carrying out
Our dead Libyan ambassador is a witness to that. Obama's apology to the assassins, his failure
to defend our values, his refusal to support our allies -- these are also witnesses.
All great nations fall eventually. And with rare exceptions, great nations fall when they have
decided to stop protecting themselves; when they have lost faith in themselves.
The reelection of Barack Obama is the most terrible thing that could happen to us, because he is
Neville Chamberlain, and like Chamberlain, he is exposing us and all our friends to the most
evil, ambitious, insane force loose in the world right now.
The man who sneers at Americans who turn to "guns and religion" -- and the professoriate and
mediacrats who are ashamed of "patriotism" and the values of Western Civilization -- are not fit
to lead the nation which, like it or not, constitutes our civilization's entire defense against
enemies who wage relentless war against us and, if we do not stop them, can bring down all
freedom in the world.
We can't decide to simply end this war with fanatical Islamism -- because our enemies have not
stopped and will not stop until one side wins.
We can still decide to unlose this war.
Death and His Brother Sleep is a poem by Punch editor Edwin James Milliken, who died in
1897. Winston Churchill quoted the poem during the lead-up to World War II:
Who is in charge of the clattering train?
The axles creak, and the couplings strain.
At every mile we a minute must gain!
Who is in charge of the clattering train?
Only a Man, but away at his back,
In a dozen cars, on the steely track,
A hundred passengers place their trust
In this fellow of fustian, grease, and dust.
They cheerily chat, or they calmly sleep,
Sure that the driver his watch will keep
A hundred hearts beat placidly on,
Unwitting they that their warder's gone;
For the pace is hot, and the points are near,
And Sleep hath deadened the driver's ear;
And signals flash through the night in vain.
Death is in charge of the clattering train!