Saturday, January 10, 2015
Taking the temperature of the Counter-Jihad, part 6
In part 5, I mentioned the rifts that exist in the Counter-Jihad. Some of these rifts may not be that serious; but one in particular does strike me as important enough to give us pause -- the rift, that is, between those who are tough on Islam, and those who seem to be tough on Islam but who really have a soft, chewy, nougaty core beneath their apparently no-nonsense toughness.
In light of this, I posed the question:
Can a Compromise be developed between these two camps?
Part of the problem of a compromise is that the definition and characterization of what constitutes the two camps is not an exact science, but is subject to a degree of relative, subjective impression & opinion. Of course, I have pretty definite notions of that definition and characterization, as anyone who has read some of my essays here will know; but at least I'm open to the fact that my conception will be in some respects disputed, and some form of hashing out and compromise will be inevitable. (Some people, I have noticed, seem to think that if you have definite principles & positions, you are then incapable of compromise.)
So, the definition of a "Softy" is not necessarily set in stone; and, in addition (and closely related to that), there may well be quite a few varieties of "Softness" in this regard -- and sometimes the differences do matter. Particularly, one expects, in the terms of the goal of a compromise.
One way I can approach this is to turn the question on myself: Can I imagine coming to a compromise with the dreaded Counter-Jihad Softy? And what would such a compromise look like?
Let me chew on that a while...