A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when our need for illusion is deep.

Saul Bellow, in To Jerusalem and Back

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I sat last night at a dinner and listened to a fellow tell me and others of the foolishness of facing up to security threats posed by ISIS and others intent on killing us and destroying our Judeo-Christian heritage.  He was a fellow religious who had read an article in The National Catholic Reporter – a cotton-candy school of illusion for the uninformed who wish to remain that way.

I find it funny that liberals love illusion as they do, and that they nary ask those in their presence who are schooled and experienced in the particular subject matter of their opinion what indeed they might know or think. No, you see liberals know all – their illusions lead them on … and grossly astray.

Case in point: the illusion that military force doesn’t solve anything.

Well let’s think about this.  Russia in the Ukraine.  ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

But there are more lessons to be recalled.  Remember World War I – “the war to end all wars.”  The League of Nations?  How did that work out?

How about the acts of appeasement prior to World War II?  Another illusion showing its value.  How about the idea if we just hear another’s grievance all will be well?  Not much evidence that notion worked to secure peace.

How about “nation building”?  Or the military used as aid-workers?  Did peace break out with these illusions?  Or the ill-fated “Arab Spring,” did peace and democracy spring forth?  How about troop withdrawals from Iraq?  Or a Presidential “mea culpa” tour?  Peace ensue?

A liberal prefers illusion in a world where the atavistic propensity to armed conflict resides in human beings – individually and collectively.  You can see this preference in the reduction of the military and any number of silly overtures like the childish “reset button” offered the Russians by Lady Clinton at the start of the present administration.  Yes, the urge for illusion runs deep in liberals, deeper than the need to recognize the world as it is and act accordingly.

Could it be that illusion fills a void for the faithless?  It takes courage to see the harsh reality of a conflict-ridden world and its inhabitants, and courage flows from faith alone.

Think about it.  Doesn’t faithlessness breed illusion and illusion insure great human cost on all in its wake?

A false balance is an abomination to the Lord, but an accurate weight is his delight.

Prov 11:1

Shalom.

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