Saturday, April 23, 2016

A dose of realism …

 The Anomaly of Barbarism | Lapham’s Quarterly. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Liberal civilization is not the emerging meaning of the modern world but a historical singularity that is inherently fragile. This is why it is worth preserving. Defending this form of life against ISIS requires a clear perception that the jihadist group is not an atavistic force that—with a little assistance from intensified bombing—will fade away with advancing modernization. If the threat is to be removed, ISIS will have to be defeated and destroyed. 

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