The news of the last few weeks has been uniformly grim. Hezbollah has achieved de facto recognition in the international system as a state in its own right.
Meanwhile, the West continues to dither and ignore the increasing evidence that Iran is going to achieve its nuclear ambitions.
The Abyss is close, so close that we begin to wonder if we entered it and never noticed.
History has its uses, but the current conflict is without precedent. There have been times when the West was too feeble to counter its enemies militarily, but never before has civilization faced such a crisis of will.
The only parallel perhaps is the decadence and arrogance of Rome as its frontiers collapsed and its empire fell to the barbarian hordes.
It is increasingly clear that the West has thrown in the towel - if it hasn't actively joined the other side.
The fauxtography scandal was bad enough, but now we see the International Committee of the Red Cross has gotten into the act.
Meanwhile, journalists who are kidnapped, threatened with death and forcibly converted to an alien religion pronounce themselves "unharmed" when subsequently released.
The Posse supposes that this new definition of harm means that Ann Coulter's post-Sept. 11 call to forcibly convert the Middle East to Christianity was merely ahead of its time.