Tuesday, September 07, 2004

The Embodiment of Evil

An End to Terror by Ronald L. Dart

I must confess I find the whole thing hard to grasp. How can men do such a thing? How can they sit in their bunkers and deliberately plan the destruction of a great city? Do they care that children and old women will die horrible deaths in the fires they start? Does it even matter that the economy of a people can be destroyed – that people will starve because of what they have done?

Maybe they are just insane – at least that is what they said about Hitler. But if that is true, is society to bring in a verdict of “not guilty by reason of insanity”? World War II, then, was a cruel accident of nature. One man lost his mind, and the whole world went up in flames.

If only it were true. But for that verdict to be true, there had to be hundreds, even thousands, who went insane at the same time. No one man, however mad, could have accomplished such evil in the midst of a nation or a world of good people.

The truth is that Hitler and his minions were worse than insane. They were evil. They had bought into the source of evil–had become the malignant offspring of the architect of all evil.

If Hitler had merely been insane, we could hope never to see his like again. But he was not merely insane. He was the embodiment of a spiteful, evil spirit, and it is only a matter of time until we see it again in another form, another system, another beast of a man.

Islam has been and is buying into that source of evil now - the embodiment of a spiteful, evil spirit. A spiteful, jealous spirit - can you hit the nail any more squarely?

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