So Hillary Clinton, in a speech, stated that one should “respect” his enemies, try to empathize with them and understand their perspective. That’s just wrong. Actually that’s not just wrong it’s a blasphemous notion that can lead to destruction. And of course it’s based to the notions first expressed by Rousseau.
This quote of his is the root of the problem:
“There is no man so bad that he cannot be made good for something.”
Instead of an enemy…
By applying that quote, which most western legal systems do with a passionate devotion towards the teachings of -the weak and neurotic- Rousseau, the criminal is not treated as an enemy of the community but as just another member of the society that did something wrong.
When such notions start being applied locally, of course eventually, they will start being applied globally. Instead of understanding the concept of warfare and conflict, the enemy is viewed as just another member of the global society that had his reasons for acting the way he was.
And as you may understand this will eventually lead to a disaster, this soft approach on such subjects indicates weakness and the lack of fighting spirit. Just like a predator going after its prey, the enemy will take advantage of that and continue attacking till the prey (in this case the West) is subdued.
The vigilante tradition model
On the other hand we have the so called ‘vigilante tradition model’ when it comes to administering justice;
“The vigilante tradition model suggests that law, order and
policing are the responsibility of the community, partly because of
a distrust of the State. Offenders are easily identifiable within the
community and are enemies of the community rather than being
the community’s own members.
Mistakes are not made. Due to this confidence in punishing the correct person, the use of force is encouraged in achieving the communities’ goals. By punishing criminals it allows greater freedom and safety within the community for law-abiding citizens.
Zimring uses historical data to explore the links between vigilante
values in America, with its history of lynching. Using data
which goes back as far as 1882 he found that the southern states had
the highest recorded history of lynching.
More recent data also shows that the southern states have the highest rates of justifiable homicides, and the most frequent use of the death penalty. He suggests that this is due to the strong tradition of vigilante values and
beliefs held by many US citizens, especially in the southern states.”
-Ray Bull, Claire Cooke, Ruth Hatcher, Jessica Woodhams, Charlotte Bilby, Tim Grant: Introduction to Criminal Psychology(Published by Oneworld Publications 2006)120
By following this model and philosophy a society-which is constituted by communities and is not the diversity pot liberals dream about- will not face any dilemmas when it comes to conflict.
The enemy will be treated as an outsider who wishes to inflict harm and therefore shall be destroyed. No one will spend time wondering about his motives, his perspective etc. A society as this maintains peace through strength and makes sure everyone knows that ‘if you step on my toe I’ll cut your foot off.’
There are lines that should not be crossed and when someone does so he shall face the inevitable consequences. You had your chance, you played your cards, now it’s game over. There are no buts or ifs and no questions about rights or other luxuries that are a privilege to be enjoyed during times of peace.