Michael Ledeen's America Ain't My America
"If it must be put in binary terms of 'with us, or against us,' then I cannot but count myself firmly in the 'against us' camp in light of comments once composed by neoconservative Michael Ledeen, contributing editor for National Review," writes Jerry Salyer — Independence Day Eve. "According to this philosophical guiding lights of the 'patriotic' 'conservative' movement, the War on Terror is rightly a War on Tradition," says Mr. Salyer, quoting Mr. Ledeen:
- Creative destruction is our middle name, both in our own society and abroad. We tear down the old order every day, from business to science, literature, art, architecture, and cinema to politics and the law. Our enemies have always hated this whirlwind of energy and creativity, which menaces their traditions (whatever they may be) and shames them for their inability to keep pace. Seeing America undo traditional societies, they fear us, for they do not wish to be undone. They cannot feel secure so long as we are there, for our very existence – our existence, not our politics – threatens their legitimacy. They must attack us in order to survive, just as we must destroy them to advance our historic mission.