The History of Minority Rule
Clifford May simply owns today's must-read commentary, stating the obvious yet mysteriously elusive regarding the history of Minority Rule.
In 1917, most Russians were not Bolsheviks. The Bolsheviks were a minority, but they were fanatical and ruthless. So they prevailed — and for most of the 20th century Russians lived and died under Communist oppression.
In 1933, most Germans were not Nazis. The Nazis were a minority, but they were fanatical and ruthless. Tens of millions would perish before Hitler’s dream of world conquest collapsed.
Today, it is not clear that most Iraqis want to slaughter other Iraqis and return Iraq to despotism. But a fanatical and ruthless minority does.This minority — actually two rival minorities, one Sunni, one Shia — enjoys the support of both al-Qaeda and the regime that rules Iran. That is not surprising. What is: the fact that such mass murderers are neither opposed nor even seriously condemned by “the international community.” Instead, in the Middle East, Europe and even America, opposition and condemnation are meted out in fullest measure to those reluctant to quit the fight against the mass murderers.
Read it all. Regular readers will feel this a broken record, but it continues to amaze - with national shame - how the visceral opposition to any American action in Iraq completely dismisses the unprotected bloody fate the Iraqi people would endure at the feet of such disinterest.
Every once in a while, someone will write something profound that, when truly reflected upon, does not necessarily require great intellectual ponderance and quiet meditation to arrive at, leaving the reader to punish himself or herself for not making the same observation long ago. Today is one of those 'every once in a while' days.
I'll have to remind myself to 'once in a while' say thank you to Cliff May. If they were to see or hear his words, it can hardly be doubted that most Iraqis would do the very same, perhaps more than 'once in a while,' and surely with the conviction of the affected...and Defended.