With the anniversary of 9/11 approaching, here are a few facts worth circulating:
That over 6,000 Americans have been killed by or in pursuit of Islamic terrorists since September 2001—and that we still have not even attacked, let alone destroyed, the regimes most responsible for their deaths—is a consequence of the relativism of the Left and the religiosity of the Right. How many Americans actually needed to die in order to solve our terrorism problem? Zero. We easily could have and morally should have destroyed the Iranian and Saudi regimes long before 9/11—and without sending soldiers in to fight on foot. But: "Who are we to judge?" ask the relativists. And: "Isn't it wrong to kill the faithful?" wonder the religionists. And: "It would be profoundly selfish and unjust to use the full force of our weaponry and to risk no American lives," muse both.
That known Islamic terrorist leaders are now to be sent to Guantanamo Bay and tried as "criminals" is also a consequence of the relativism of the Left and the religiosity of the Right. "How can we be certain they're guilty?" assert the relativists, while the religionists—embracing a morality based not on observation and logic but on revelation and faith—are rendered effectively speechless in the face of such skepticism. What should we do with captured Islamic terrorists? We should torture them to extract any useful information they might have and then shoot them. But that would be "extreme," absolute, and un-godly.
That the debate over what America should do about terrorism continues to ping pong between whether we should a) run away because our desire to live and the Islamists desire to kill us is a rationally and militarily irresolvable dispute, or b) "stay the course" and sacrifice more Americans to bring democracy to savages who want to kill us—is, again, a consequence of the relativism of the Left and the religiosity of the Right. According to relativism, we're incapable of objective judgment; reason is invalid, and we are thus utterly ignorant of what is true or false, good or bad, right or wrong; consequently, we must assume that all cultures and all desires are equally amoral. . . .