Contemporary War Conditions: The Case of Syria
The world woke up this week to devastating news of tumult in the house of the world’s most powerful warlords in Washington DC and the possibility of another war in the Middle East. The chaos followed the President’s meeting with Islamic states of head.
The last recent war in Syria was the gateway that unleashed the current demographic, discursive, and political crisis. This war itself had been the work of several decades of progressivist political agenda that was proposed by some of the darkest heirs of twentieth century totalitarian systems and rested on a world populist racial animosity against Christian Europeans who have been vilified in every university disciplinary narrative as the only source of woe on planet earth. The intellectual limitations of the argument need no further elaboration.
The university systems of the West and all public institutions corroborated and advanced a narrative inspired by totalitarian power that unleashed a migrant crisis of unprecedented proportions putting an impossible burden not only on the countries targeted by migrants, but above all on migrant populations themselves. The end result is a very poorly managed, miserable global populace pushed beyond the limits of peaceful existence and forced into a permanent state of conflict and war. The inhumanity and primitivism of the current global system is showing and something must be done to stop it.
The Essence of War: Language
Today’s news should perhaps give us a chance to pause and think about the very essence of war. War is the process whereby historical change takes place and it involves every public institution engaged in the building, distribution, and maintenance of all pubic circulation systems. Cynicism has it that only banks benefit from war, but the truth is all institutions of circulation are involved in the making, build up, and mop up of war.
Wars require technological advances and often deploy new technologies that require the populations involved to adapt. Wars change the very essence of humanity, since our essence is determined by technology. Technical superiority also includes the most advanced linguistic forms. Language is not only the rhetoric and arguments for war, but also its level of sophistication and state of the art products. Language may be said to be the most important factor in a war effort. Heidegger taught us that language, especially poetry, is the most essential part of technology.
But where is our English language today? The need to accommodate newcomers has greatly reduced its features and vocabulary. Shakespeare represents to this date the most advanced form of the English language, consisting of the largest vocabulary, philosophical dramatisations, psychological reflections, and the greatest number of idiomatic expressions. Have we regressed 1616?
Hollywood and American pop, the mass deployment of new media, alongside the older developments in modern protestant German idealism and literature challenged the English language to change and advance philosophically, an effort that was largely led by university researchers on both sides of the Atlantic until the early nineties of last century. The efforts remained on top of new developments and guaranteed the superiority of the English language in the world.
In the mid-nineties university discourses in English-speaking countries were drafted in the service of a global war that continues to this day. This reduced the capacities of linguistic research greatly since it was demoted from the theoretical sophistication of supra-disciplinary work to the drudgery of maintaining ideological arguments for the war on European Christianity.
Today, the English language is indeed in a very dilapidated shape and our researchers have no knowledge of the linguistic capacity of any of the potential “enemies,” because neglecting one’s own language inevitably leads to an impoverished understanding of other languages.
Of War and Imminence
In Christian thought imminence is reserved for the will of God, which manifests itself in the language of prophets and poets who speak in tongues. Imminence in language had led the development of the most advanced civilization known to humanity, Christian civilization, which was able to conquer most of the world over the past five centuries and left indelible, positive, constructive, and life-affirming traces in the cultures of the world. It preserved local heritage and introduced state of the art technologies that saved and improved the quality of life worldwide.
The historical system based on the imminence of war is directly opposed to the Christian system based on the imminence of the Trinity: God, Son, and Holy Spirit. Christianity is the first humanist system known to man that put human existence at the center of public life, because it included the Son of Man as a crucial dimension of the Trinity. All other definitions of the human in contemporary English are derived from the Biblical definition of the Son of Man. A language that loses touch with its linguistic foundation in the Bible cannot develop further.
Not only are the military historical system and the Christian system of being diametrically opposed, but historically the latter has already won and will continue to win over the first. It already conquered all primitive systems based on military history and pushed the capacity for spreading peace, knowledge, and cultural sophistication beyond anything the pre-Christian world could imagine.
We can’t win with war alone! The imminence of the Trinity is the superior power to the power of war.
We can only win with poetry, as Shakespeare also knew! The British empire only proved him right until the more primitive powers of the totalitarian twentieth century ended its fragile advantage over the systems of darkness.
But is it over? Language, the medium of God and His Children, has the last word. We don’t obey commandments and weapons, we write poetry to win over time. For the weapons and laws of tomorrow will have made our own laughably obsolete. What remains is the laurels of memory: the poetic arts of Christian languages.