“Western civilization has defended us for centuries. Isn’t it about time we defended it?”

This essay is correct. The primary philosophy behind our policy decisions should be preserving the principles that make us who we are as Americans. First, though, we need to understand those principles, and love them enough to defend them.

 

…The West refuses to take even the most rudimentary steps to protect itself against a known, sworn enemy. Why?

Lots of reasons: ennui, cultural Marxism, the mutation of the Left into a suicide cult that wants to take the rest of us with it. A loss of faith in organized religion (some of it brought on by the faiths themselves, or rather the imperfect men who represent and administer them). The transformation of government schools into babysitting services for subsections of the populace with severe cultural learning disabilities, no matter the skin color of the pupil. The marginalization of the very notion of excellence. And a political class that is little more than a collection of criminals, throne-sniffers, pantywaists and bum-kissers, all dedicated to their own enrichment.

…The antidote to this is a return to our cultural roots, including the pre-Christian principles of Aristotle (passed down via St. Thomas Aquinas, among others) and the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius. Those roots are neither race- nor faith-specific and in fact the genius of Western civilization is that its principles — not “conservative” principles but civilizational principles — have proven so successful that they resulted in the United States of America, the very embodiment of those ideas.

Which is, of course, why Islam and its ally of convenience, the Left, hate America so. We and our cultural heritage are the refutation of every satanic principle they hold so vengefully dear.

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Latest Terror Atrocity: “Police Are Baffled”

This CNN report is beyond clueless.

An amateur video shows the woman walking outside the metro station saying, “I am a terrorist. I hate you — the enemy.”

Police are not yet calling the case terror-related…

A motive for the apparent murder was not clear; the investigation is ongoing.

Clearly, the obfuscation is intentional. Again, I’m reminded of The Simpsons: “Police Are Baffled.”

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The Simpsons and the San Bernardino Shooting

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The media and government’s response to things like the San Bernardino shooting reminds me of this scene from the “Treehouse of Horror IV” episode of The Simpsons:

News anchor Kent Brockman: Another local peasant has been found dead, drained of his blood with two teeth marks on his throat. This black cape [clearly marked “Dracula”] was found on the scene. Police are baffled.
Police Chief Wiggum: We think we’re dealing with a supernatural being, most likely a mummy. As a precaution, I’ve ordered the Egyptian wing of the Springfield museum destroyed.

In our case, I suppose it plays out like this:

Mainstream media: Another mass shooting has occurred, in a well-planned and coordinated attack. Pro-ISIS propaganda was found posted online by the suspects, and their house was full of pipe bombs. The motive is unclear.
President Obama: We think we’re dealing with racist conservatives, most likely Christians. As a precaution, I’m going to demonize them and push for even more gun control.

I realize I just compared President Obama to police chief Wiggum. My apologies to police chief Wiggum.

#ParisAttacks

Perhaps France doesn’t need status updates that mention sadness, shock, and sympathy. Perhaps they need policies that might actually prevent atrocities like this from happening, over and over and over again. Actually, if you’ve followed their politics for the last decade, that’s exactly what the people have been begging for. But we’re more comfortable feigning surprise and impotently offering nothing more than trendy solidarity in mourning. As usual.

Tell me, how many more attacks like this will it take before you agree that more must be done to combat it directly? Five? Ten? Fifty? Will you act surprised next time, too? And the time after that? Be sure to bookmark your “shocked and saddened” status today so you can quickly copy and paste it a few times next year.

“Anger doesn’t solve anything!”

Tell that to the children of today’s victims.

Tell that to the children of next year’s victims.

Here’s a better question: why doesn’t the predictable, preventable murder of over a hundred innocent people make you angry?

Will you be angry next time?

Or the time after that?

Will you still be shrugging your shoulders and “helping” by changing your profile pic for a week after the next attack?

When you offer to pray for Paris, what exactly will you be praying for? Comfort for the affected families? Good. But could you also pray for sensible policy reform by leaders and for cultural strength for society so that we won’t have to offer to pray for affected families again and again with no end in sight?

May God bless all those who were killed today and all those who would stand with them. May we all do more than just display our feelings about this.

May God move all who can help make the world safe and at peace from this plague of terror. May we all do our part to support such a goal.

And may God stop those who would perpetrate such attacks, or condone them, or turn a blind eye to them. And may we all do all we can to help Him.

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Irrational Anti-Christian Hatred Is Real

Last month, my college classes had an assignment to write a problem/solution essay.  Being young adults, almost all of them wrote from a politically liberal perspective.  Now, some of those papers were clever, articulate, and well-written, even if I personally disagreed with their premises and conclusions.

But not many of them.  Many of them were angry, juvenile rants with no more basis in reason or reality than the most fevered stereotypes of leftist loonies.  One guy wrote three pages about how global warming puts “all life on earth in danger of destruction very soon,” for example.  Several wrote about cheerfully banning anything they don’t like, from fast food to cigarettes to belief systems.  One student summed up that philosophy like this: “If people can’t make the choice to stay away from it themselves, it should be banned.”

I admit, I find this tendency to automatic tyranny scary.

But wait, belief systems?  They wrote that they want to ban belief systems?  Yes.  The most popular subject was gay marriage, and some writers were quite assertive in their condemnation of anything that wouldn’t agree with them.  By far the scariest lines in any paper I read were these:

“[He] was picked on because of his sexual orientation and now those who believe that his sexual orientation does not go along with their religious beliefs can bully him.  Apparently Al Qaeda was completely okay and the Holocaust can be justified too.  Al Qaeda occured because of religious beliefs…Then the Holocaust killed millions of Jews simply because of Adolf Hitler’s moral beliefs.” 

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I Predict KSM Will Become The Left’s Media Darling

A few days ago on Instapundit I saw a joke about the upcoming trial in New York of terrorist mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, namely that “KSM sounds like an early 90s techno band name.” 

The reference is to the one hit wonder band KLF, but I was instantly reminded of convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal, who has inspired a slew of thoughtless, baseless, anti-authoritarian protests in his favor, for no better reason than because it’s politically correct and the media has decided that he’s cool. 

Here’s the worst case scenario for the farce of a trial for KSM that this administration has now foisted upon us: Bush Derangement Syndrome is still so strong that Hollywood and their media will campaign for his exoneration, without directly addressing the substance of his actual acts of terrorism, of course, but will plead that he is a “patriotic insurgent” whose rights have been denied him, that he’s been tortured (he’s one of the few people who was ever waterboarded), and that releasing him will be a gesture of goodwill to the middle east, etc.  Or something like that. 

And it may well be feasible that somewhere in the middle of this mess we will hear an updated version of an early 90s techno hit on the radio: “KSM!  Uh huh, uh-huh, uh-huh.  KSM is gonna rock ya!”

Is It Torture After The First 97 Times?

A letter in the Las Vegas Sun this morning attempts to rebut the assertion that waterboarding isn’t torture because similar technqiues are used to train our own military.  The letter writer claims:

The difference is, the airmen know what is happening, and they also know they won’t die at the hands of their fellow airmen. Can the same be said for prisoners who were subjected, some more than 100 times, to a similar technique?

 

Now, wouldn’t that actually make it less likely that it would be viewed as torture?  When Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was taken in to be waterboarded for the 98th time, was he thinking, “Oh, no!  The first 97 times just made me disoriented and uncomfortable, but this time I’m sure they’re going to kill me!”

Story Time, Part II

A few years ago, I wanted to try my hand at writing a mystery story about moral courage in the age of terrorism.  I had a plot in mind, and wanted to throw in a lot of diverse religious trivia to give it an intriguing, ecumenical feel.  I’ve always liked the result, though I found that there are surprisingly few mystery story markets out there, and none wanted what I had written.

It’s a little longish at nearly 6000 words, but well worth it.  The last story I gave its own page to was much shorter, and if you haven’t read these yet, I do hope you like both.  The two I’ve put up here–“Gordon Raises The Kid” and now “In The Shadow Of Death”–each have their own page on this blog, labelled on the tabs just under the banner heading .  See them up there?  Enjoy!