At the same time, I don´t see how Mr. Land is fully wrong. The Romans were brutal.
I read a book some years ago which was written by a former SS man who had joined the French Foreign legion after the war. His unit was deployed in Indochina, before the Korean War and before the Vietnam War. This was in the years after WW2 when the West´s conflicts with Communist guerrillas had started. “The Indochina Wars were a series of wars fought in Southeast Asia from 1946 until 1989, between communist Indochinese forces against mainly French, South Vietnamese, American, Cambodian, Laotian and Chinese forces.” These were 3 major Wars which includes more conflicts, apparently. This was a multi-decade Communist hot-zone.
The guerrillas were endlessly clever and savage. And adapted to the tropical (or whatever the formal name is) environment. Small, agile, with nothing to lose and everything to gain. The French regular forces couldn´t handle them. It took the SS-fueled Foreign Legion to actually be able to hold ground and advance in that situation. It took blue-eyed devilry.
It might take the same against ISIS. Adaptive morality wins wars, not—as it were—pure idealism.
This post was originally published on the now-defunct Theden.tv.
In a post entitled “Islamic Vortex (Note-4)” Nick Land expressed his awe and deep academic admiration for ISIS style barbarism. This whole line of thought connects to Land’s theory of Abstract Horror, as articulated in another post entitled “Reactionary Horror”. Land here identifies two streams of reactionary thought, one (Traditionalism) being “mild and nostalgic”, and the other (Horrorism) being focused on “dissociating ‘the good’ and ‘the future’.” In both of these posts, Land uses the fictional character of Colonel Kurtz as a central metaphor for the Horrorism of the Dark Enlightenment. Kurtz, introduced by Joseph Conrad in “Heart of Darkness” and adapted by Coppola in “Apocalypse Now”, represents an “opportunity for an exploration of Hell.”
The whole Kurtz/Apocalypse Now analysis is based on a misconception: that the U.S. lost the Vietnam War because a liberal democracy is incapable of using…
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