In an article published earlier this week, I discuss U.S. House Speaker John Boehner’s incredibly late awakening to “the boldness of the Iranians.” I highlight the fact that this “belated recognition of ‘the boldness of the Iranians’ is not accompanied by an honest acknowledgment of the boldness of Obama’s treasonous betrayals of the constitutional self-government of the American people.”
I go on to suggest that Mr. Boehner has self-interested reasons for this continued blindness. But self-interest isn’t the only reason people remain blind to the greatest dangers threatening them. People are unlikely to anticipate cataclysmic events because of the stubborn human tendency to look away from what is too painful to think upon.
For example, when it came to the strategic consequences of nuclear weapons, Hudson Institute founder Herman Kahn (said to be one of the real-life people on which the title character in the film “Dr. Strangelove” was based) understood that this emotional barrier to “cold, calculating, unimpassioned” reasoning posed a fatal threat to humanity.
He rightly concluded that it had to be overcome. So he became known for “thinking about the unthinkable.” When it comes to physical mayhem and destruction, there’s little doubt that the American psyche has gotten past the reluctance to contemplate physically horrible, apocalyptic destruction. Indeed, a wasteland future is now routinely the stuff that entertainment dreams are made on, with plenty of pointless, graphic violence to round out the jaunty nightmare.
Survival in such bleak circumstances is not only contemplated, it’s more or less celebrated, in a motif of resurrection, both literal (zombies, the living dead) and figurative. So also is the prospect that a desolate absence of conscience and morality may be needed to do so. The result might be summarized in an aphorism: “Even that which kills us makes us stronger.” (Machiavellians who see conscience as a source of fatal weakness doubtless think this is an improvement on the madman Nietzsche’s adolescent murmurings.)
When Neville Chamberlain came to terms with Hitler at Munich in 1938, there was no need to explain how on earth he could do so, despite gruesome images of Nazi atrocity. Those portraits of evil were not yet hung in the rogue’s gallery of human moral perception. But today there is no denying Iran’s complicity, support, and leadership of groups guilty of terrorist practices as horrendous in their furious religiosity (and hatred of all things Jewish and/or truly Christian) as were the atrocious crimes fueled by the elitist race-hatred of the Nazis
The Obama administration now appears to include people at the highest level disloyal enough to form a de facto alliance with America’s most outspoken and implacable enemies. They have agreed to look the other way while Iran finishes the work needed to construct weapons that put them in a position to force us to choose between complying with their agenda and unleashing nuclear destruction.
You may believe an elitist coup d’état “could never happen here.” But the danger we face is not some beer hall putsch. It’s is more like the consolidation of tyrannical power Hitler’s faction completed after he was appointed chancellor of Germany.
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