Deo volente.

Nasty, Brutish, Short

Most of the positivist American conservative philosophical lexicon is geared around an optimistic assessment of Man: what is his potential, get government off of the individual’s back and watch him prosper, that sort of thing. This is what you hear conservatives, or Republicans, talk about when they’re stumping for votes. These ideas made up the backbone of Reagan’s domestic agenda, for example. Historically, this political notion is summed up well in the writings of John Locke.

At the same time, conservative foreign policy makes few bones about the Hobbesian nature of mankind. Hobbes was the fellow who proclaimed that human life was “nasty, brutish, and short.” But these two make Hobbes look positively cheery:

Twisted young British parents planned to sacrifice their precious baby in the evil cause of jihad by mass murder.

Fanatical terror suspect Abdula Ahmed Ali, 25, and his wife, Cossor, 23, are among those being interrogated by police as suspects in the massive plot to attack trans-Atlantic flights in midair.

What the outwardly normal couple had secretly plotted is almost too horrifying to consider, cops said.

The Alis planned to use 6-month-old son Zain’s baby bottle as a liquid bomb, blowing themselves and their child up, along with hundreds of others aboard the flight…

This is the latest ruse by which these terrorists would use our tenderist feelings against us. And this is exactly why a foreign policy, or a war policy for that matter, must (today, now, instantly) stop being optimistic about humans in general and Muslims specifically. There is no more room for the West to give the benefit of the doubt to followers of the Religion of Peace.

Of course, authorities are concerned that the idea may catch on and that it will become a tactic to smuggle detonators and explosives on board an aircraft.

Think about this the next time that you are getting on an aircraft and feel safe with all of the families sitting around you.


August 16, 2006 - Posted by | GWOT, Philosophy of the Commons


  1. I used to be down with Locke until he lost faith and wouldn’t put in the numbers…Sorry, you just made me jones for Lost.

    As a parent of a little one, this is just going to suck if it means formula is going to be restricted or searched more carefully. Guess I’ll book our next trip as a red-eye and plan to spend all day in line. Doesn’t suck as much as blowing up, but still.

    Comment by Dex | August 18, 2006 | Reply

  2. Travelling with infants is a pain no matter how you cut it. Travelling with increased security just makes it worse.

    Comment by John | August 18, 2006 | Reply

  3. The news is not this invented piece of tabloid doggerel by the NY Post, but that AnalogKid actually believes it…

    Comment by the pope | November 14, 2006 | Reply

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