There’s already been plenty of ink — virtual and actual — spilled on the remarkably stupid comments of Marie Harf, the State Department spokestwit, who opined:
We cannot win this war by killing them. We cannot kill our way out of this war. We need in the longer term–we need the longer term to go after the root causes that leads people to join these groups. Whether it’s lack of opportunity for jobs…
While she has a glimmer of a good point — we can’t kill off Islamic motivated violence with bombs; for that we need to ridicule and expose at every turn the connection between that 7th Century, misogynistic, authoritarian, racist, vicious ideology — we can nip much of ISIS in the bud, if we were willing to do the evil needed to root them out.
The real issue people have with Harf’s comments are the reflexive, idiotic, and completely expected comments regarding “root causes.” Anyone who has spend longer than a semester in college, or has had the misfortune to spend a few minutes in the faculty lounge of liberal arts faculty could have told you what the response of the State Department would be. “See, it’s not Islam that’s the problem, that’s a non-Christian or Jewish religion, so it’s exotic and therefore absent of any blame…it’s the lack of opportunity!”
Academics since the 1930s have been stuck on socialism, and this is no surprise — the sinecure of ivy-lined school buildings provides them with a seemingly endless amount of money (just raise tuition or get more tax money..!), prestige, and refuge from reality. In an atmosphere where professors can say things like, “We live in a world of ideas…” it is no surprise that, unfettered from reality or the need to provide actual proof of concept, academics see the world in remarkably easy models of society. Everything is run through two filters — the socialist “rich vs. poor” filter of the ’60s/’70s university dinosaur, where only poor or uneducated people are violent; or the late ’80s/early ’90s critical race theory agitators, for whom race is the motivating factor of most people’s actions.
Both are terribly simplistic world views, and easily torn down with a few years of conversing with people outside of the cloistered environs of the university. Unfortunately, these coddled, idealistic, and wholly inexperienced people metastasize out of the college and into government (thanks, Progressive movement!), where they are protected from reality by money, power, and an echo chamber of like-minded “useful idiots” who only view terrorism, poverty, and other human issues through the bullet-resistant protection of their very comfortable SUV.
When you challenge a privileged, protected little twat like Harf, you always receive the same response she floated to Wolf Blitzer on CNN:
If we looked around the world and say long-term we cannot kill every terrorist around the world nor should we try, how do you get at the root causes of this? Look, it might be too nuanced of an argument for some like I’ve seen over the past 24 hours some of the commentary out but it’s really the smart way for Democrats, for Republicans, military commanders, our partners in the Arab world think we need to combat it.
[Emphasis mine] See…you’re just too damned stupid to understand how well-thought out her argument was, dumb proles!
I’ve seen this time and again from this would-be aristocratic bunch. After 10 years of studying the works of other privileged, coddled thinkers, academics and other “smart folks” think of themselves as superior not just in education, but in intelligence, compassion, consideration, and as people. You don’t question a creature with a PhD, dammit, don’t you know who they are!?! (And Harf isn’t even that — she’s a 33 year old twit with a master’s in foreign affairs who worked at CIA as an analyst for about 20 minutes before they stuck her blonde, corn-fed face up on a podium as a spokesperson.)
As with the Islamists, who should be challenged, ridiculed (because it’s the one thing they just cannot stomach…ask the Hebdo staff), and their actions exposed continually to discredit them with their own people, the “elites” of academia and government should be perpetually exposed for the overeducated halfwits they are.