A question to any and all Catholic bloggers who are concerned with the two-front war with in which the West is presently engaged; namely, with paganism in its two forms, postmodern nihilism and Islam:
How would we know when to cheer, what would signal victory?
A great many voices are pointing toward, shouting about, and packaging warnings, solutions, and strategies. But what would be the extent of a victory with which we would all agree would be satisfactory?
You see, it seems to me that if we don't have a goal toward which to aim, we will never know when we have arrived.
James Pinkerton's ”Shire Strategy” is just that, a strategy and perhaps a goal, but not flat-out victory. It is a means toward containment of one of West's foes, Islam.
But when, using further imagery from Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, when would we, as Catholics mind you, cheer and laugh at heart's-ease with Gandalf, Strider, and everyone left standing in Gondor? And, I suppose, a concomitant question is, what would we not agree to use in the efforts toward such goal; namely, the ring of power? What is that Isildur's Bane that if we use, we shall not, by definition, have won a victory?