The Wild West

THE WILD WEST….I know I shouldn’t bother, but sometimes I can’t help myself. Here’s an Instapundit post today:

FLIT(TM) HAS AN INTERESTING BLOG-INTERVIEW with Thomas Barnett, author of The Pentagon’s New Map. “The historical analogy we need to remember is taming the Wild West, not the British Empire.”

We already know that Glenn apparently thinks the genocide of the American Indians was the fault of ? yep ? the American Indians (infamous post here for curiosity seekers ? he thinks it was “justifiable murder”), and it looks like he’s still enamored of the Indian/Muslim comparison he made two years ago. What’s more, it’s even worse if we look at Barnett’s full quote:

The historical analogy we need to remember is taming the Wild West, not the British Empire. It’s not about extending our political control over others, but inviting them into the club–even into our multinational economic, political, and security union known as the United States.

Inviting them into the club? Don’t get me wrong: that’s a good idea and I appreciate the thought. But do these guys seriously think that’s what happened in the Wild West?

If the Muslim world ever gets the idea that we plan to treat them the way we treated Native Americans, we’re in big trouble. There isn’t a group on the planet that wouldn’t fight to the death if they thought that was what we had in mind.