Marie Elizabeth Harf, deputy spokesperson for the US Department of State appeared on Hardball with Chris Matthews on February 2015 and made the following statement: “We cannot kill our way out of this war. We need in the medium to longer term to go after the root causes that lead people to join these groups, whether is lack of opportunities or jobs…..” The reaction to her statement was swift and she was called a string of epithets ranging from “misguided” to “blithering idiot”. On the face of the absurdity of the statement, one would be inclined to agree with the latter; however, a cursory examination of her credentials and educational background reveals an intelligent and well educated young woman, holder of a BA degree in Political Science from Indiana University and a MA in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia so the explanation must lie elsewhere.
One consequence of the 1960″s pseudo revolutionary movements has been the transformation of American colleges and universities from institutions of academic learning and of free exchange of ideas into centers of indoctrination where the only ideas allowed are those approved by the ruling “intelligentsia”. One such view is the neo Marxist take of history; in a nutshell, Marx viewed history as determined purely by economic forces, hence, change the economic conditions and therefore, change society. However, as with most failed ideas that contain a grain of truth, a partial truth, when promoted as an absolute truth, promptly turns into an absolute lie. Communism has been consigned to the dust bin of history and survives only in isolated states such as North Korea and Cuba with disastrous results to their populations; nevertheless some of its ideas live on in the hollowed halls of academia under the more palatable name of “Marxism”; scratch the surface of Ms Harf’s comments and you will find an undercoating of Marxist philosophy of which she might not even be aware. The idea that finding jobs for terrorists will make them give up and turn into peaceful and productive individuals is absurd beyond belief. Osama bin Laden was the son of a Saudi billionaire; al Zarkawi, his successor, is a surgeon; Mohammed Atta studied Engineering in Germany and the 9-11 terrorists were all well-to-do and educated men, hardly people lacking in opportunities or jobs and it should be obvious to anyone who follows the news that neither Al Qaida nor ISIS is made up of ignorant and impoverished peasants but rather of educated and intelligent individuals, which belies the premise of Ms Harf’s statement. In the light of all this, the question should be then, what is it that attracts these educated individuals to these irrational, nihilistic and evil organizations? What is it that they offer which the West does not? For one, the extremists offer an ideology, irrational as it might be, but at least coherent; we in the West, in contrast, offer what? Freedom without purpose, a relativistic morality where nothing is either right or wrong, same sex marriage, abortion on demand and finally, equating worship of God with worship of Satan; our civilization has become much like a beautiful, termite ridden house.
It should be obvious by now that we are engaged in a religious and cultural war in which our very existence is at stake; however, our leadership puts on their neo Marxist blinders and refuses to acknowledge facts. This explains Susan Rice’s statement that terrorists do not pose “an existential threat”. The view from the ivory tower, so far removed from reality, would be amusing if it were not so dangerous. Marie Harf doubled down on her comment and said they were “too nuanced”, Susan Rice went on 5 different Sunday talk shows after the Benghazi attack and blamed it on an obscure anti Muslim video posted on YouTube, and so did Hillary Clinton and most famously, President Obama, who even went to the UN to declare that “the future does not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam” To whom does the future belong? To those who want to kill all who do not share their idea of how the world should be?
Europe has a class system headed by a hereditary aristocracy which, even in an era of democracy, still survives and maintains its privileges; in the US, despite our egalitarian Jacksonian Age democracy, a new aristocracy is emerging, born the classrooms of prestigious universities, whose graduates, armed with theoretical knowledge and lacking in real world experience and even common sense, look down on the rest of the great unwashed. This mentality accounts for Ms Harf’s “too nuanced” comment, explains John Kerry urging students to study hard or else be sent to Iraq, Howard Dean’s attack on Scott Walker for not having graduated from college, regardless of the latter’s achievements as governor of Wisconsin and the University of Minnesota’s decision to remove references to race in their internal campus police bulletins. The view from the ivory tower is tinted by the color of the glasses they wear and constrained by the ideological blinders that prevent them from seeing the huge storm that is gathering around us.