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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Two views of the future, each equally grim

These two works of fiction, both scary in their own right present two different and ominous views of the future that I fear Barrack Hussein Obama is potentially accelerating with his feckless, naive and utterly dangerous foreign policy.  In Tom Kratman's novel, set in the early 22nd Century, Europe has become a completely Muslim controlled continent, where the declining birthrates and lack of courage in defending their heritage and culture against an Islamic onslaught has rendered Christians in Europe an oppressed minority subject to Sharia law.  Kratman does not paint a pretty picture, with slavery of Christians (yes slavery, especially concubinage of Christian girls to pay taxes)  becoming commonplace as Europe stagnates into backwardness, just as most of the Middle East is now.  His novel also has a terrorist nuclear attack on America in the early 21st Century which turns America into an expansionist, overreacting Fascist state, ala George W Bush on steroids.  The novel itself is pretty workman like with a plot that's been done a thousand times, but the characters, background and setting of the story are what is truly scary.  Islam run unchecked will not be pleasant for non-believers.
Ralph Peters' novel is equally scary and a little preachy.  Peters is one of my favorite military commentators and is very much a grouchy historian.  His novel is set in a post-apocalyptic world where Israel has been destroyed by Iran, the U.S. and Europe have suffered nuclear terrorism and the U.S. and Europe revert to fascist states that persecute and essentially destroy their Muslim populations before embarking on a new "Crusade" to recover Jerusalem.  Peter's draws upon many of the themes of his early book, Wars of Blood and Faith, a pithy tome of his newspaper columns from the height of the Iraq War in 2006-2007.  Peters clearly thinks that Christians are at least as capable of religious killing as Muslims, a point I might disagree with, but if the U.S., Europe and Israel suffered nuclear attacks, who knows...there might be some glassy areas of the Middle East.  In any event Peters is also very skeptical of the U.S. military's dependency and assumption of technical superiority over future opponents and as a fictional account of how future war could happen when the electronic spectrum is so full that NOBODY'S high-tech toys works, this book is an excellent cautionary tale.  Could the U.S. military fight without GPS, SATCOM, air supremacy and against an opponent willing to die in great numbers?  Good questions for real life.
In any event, I highly recommend these two books, Kratman's especially as a fictional wakeup call for why we must absolutely WIN in Afghanistan and not surrender as I fear this Administration is getting ready to do.

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