Mr. Ajama does not write the WSJ article to chide, deride, or sneer. One might as well write a similar article about the bar-hoppers of Dupont Circle or Clarendon. What he does so well is bring into high relief the Scimitar Nowhere Men's malaise with the secularity of the modern world and their thirst for transcendence.
Since they are not in the sphere of the influence of the Gospel, they must settle for that of the false transcendence of the Scimitar. And that is not only sad. It is tragic.