… but you’re led by narcissistic cowards, what do you do?
You find your Churchill or your Reagan. Fast.
… but you’re led by narcissistic cowards, what do you do?
You find your Churchill or your Reagan. Fast.
Again with the beheadings.
I’m not surprised. Hopefully we’ll preserve our collective outrage over this, but I suspect this kind of thing’s already becoming blasé in our jaded and media-saturated culture.
Amid all the outrage expressed in the blogosphere and on social media, I’ve noticed a theme that needs correcting if we’re going to keep the right perspective. My fellow conservatives often express their fury with epithets like “animals” and “subhuman scum” when they refer to the evil men who saw off non-muslim heads in the name of a “merciful Allah.” It’s understandable to use those labels, but it’s not right because it lets these evil muslims off the hook for their actions. We feel anger when we find out about these slaughters precisely because these evil men are more than just animals. They’re people, and that means they know better.
When a cougar mauls a child, we hunt it down and kill it without much passion because it’s a dumb animal with no sense of morality. Young children, dementia sufferers, and certain insane people can’t distinguish between right and wrong, so we don’t hold them to a high moral standard. But when grown men shoot fleeing children in the back or saw off the heads of helpless civilians, they earn our undying enmity because they know they’re committing evil and they do it anyway. Evil acts can’t be waved away with a concerned expression and a sadly-spoken “oh, that’s just sick.” People choose to do evil things, and some choose to do great evil. They aren’t all insane, they haven’t all been browbeaten into it, and they aren’t all merely misguided. People commit evil, for which they deserve punishment.
For you left-leaning readers who feel uncomfortable with arguments based on right and wrong, think of this from a legal perspective. The Model Penal Code (which forms the basis for many states’ criminal codes) breaks down most crimes into four categories, asking whether the perpetrator committed the crime negligently, recklessly, knowingly, or purposefully. If a man fires a gun through a flimsy backstop in his backyard and the bullet accidentally kills his neighbor’s child, we’ll likely prosecute him for negligent homicide. But we hold him less culpable than the man who recklessly fires his gun into the air and kills the child playing in her yard two streets over. Worse still is the man who fires his rifle over a crowd of children, knowing he’ll probably kill someone. Worst of all is the man who fires a bullet into a fleeing child’s back for the purpose of killing her. Even our legal system emphasizes degrees of culpability and the importance of the perpetrator’s state of mind. It’s about as close to moral condemnation as our relativistic legal system ever gets.
The moral approach and our inherent sense of right and wrong provides the strongest foundation for holding these evil muslims responsible as people who consciously choose to do evil, but you might find the legal approach more comfortable. Either way, intentions count for a lot.
I continue to try extra hard not to understate the depths that these men have sunk to. I don’t call them animals or subhuman scum; these muslim death cultists are evil, and that’s why I’ll smile when they die violent and painful deaths.
I hope you’ll do the same.
5/24/13 Update: The Brits have become men without chests. We’re headed down the same road, sadly.
That doesn’t mean he can’t still be useful in an election, though.
Nowadays, though, we have much better methods for extracting intel from uncooperative Islamists.
Our Commander-in-Chief is oh so very sorry about those terrorist communication conduits korans being burned in Afghanistan. Yet still the murders and riots continue. It seems three-page letters aren’t enough. Why doesn’t our endless groveling work? Why doesn’t the Muslim Street™ accept our sincerity and our remorse and say “Fine, but please don’t make a habit of it, OK?” Why do they haaaaaaaate uuuuuuuus??!!
July 23 Update: According to many news reports, the bomber/shooter is not a muslim. Accusations of “extreme right-wing Christian fundamentalism” abound. Color me skeptical. Extreme? Yup. Right-wing? Maybe, but we’ll see. Christian? No way.
Anyone who behaves as this man did is not following the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. The killer may think he’s a Christian, but no rational reading of Jesus’ teachings would lead to that conclusion. A person can sincerely think he’s a kumquat, too.
This post by DrewM over at Ace of Spades HQ has really stirred up a hornets’ nest in the comments. Drew slammed Herman Cain for a remark about banning mosques, and that kicked off the brawl. It makes me wonder what circumstances, if any, would convince a majority of Americans to support a ban on mosques … or even the internment of all Muslims in America.
Don’t automatically think “Oh, that’ll never happen.” After all, Americans of Japanese descent were interned during World War II.
4:00 UPDATE: Imagine this federal response:
Like it or not, this approach would avoid First Amendment obstacles.
Apparently the Norwegians have coined a new politically correct term.
So although the newly departed Mr. bin Laden and friends abuse our side’s corpses and broadcast beheadings of civilians, we can’t release photographs of UbL’s corpse, because it will definitely incite violence from practitioners of a nonviolent religion, to which UbL doesn’t belong because he was evil, but we buried him with honor in accordance with its tenets.
But releasing those photographs from Abu Ghraib a few years ago, well, that was totally different.
Got it. Makes perfect sense.
Steve Emerson has unearthed 13 hours of audio tape of Imam Rauf. Emerson and his team of investigators has spent the past four weeks going through the newly found material. Rauf is a “radical extremist cleric who cloaks himself in sheep’s clothing.”
Among the shocking revelations Emerson’s team will reveal next week — they found Rauf:
- Defending wahhabism – a puritanical version of Islam that governs Saudi Arabia
- Calling for the elimination of Israel by claiming a one-nation state, meaning no more Jewish State.
- Defending Bin Laden’s violence
- Demonstrating that there is a lot more to this man than merely a cleric.
Follow the link and listen to the Emerson interview that broke this news.
8/23 Update: It begins.
In a stunning reversal of her long-cherished belief that the federal government knows best about everything, and certainly not due to any panic over the impending loss of her seat in the House of Representatives (you sexist racist hate-filled warmonger), Representative Betty Sutton (D-OH) finally ended her silence on the
Cordoba House Park 51 Ground Zero Debris Field Mosque, according to The Plain Dealer:
“This is a sensitive issue, especially for those most directly affected by the attack at Ground Zero, and I trust that those in the area are in the best position to find a solution,” Copley Township Democratic Rep. Betty Sutton said on Tuesday.
[Challenger Tom] Ganley said “Obama and liberal leaders” have “acted in a way that is insensitive to families and friends of those victims we lost almost nine years ago.” He said he supports New York Gov. David Patterson’s effort to move the proposed mosque and Islamic cultural center to another location.
Ganley followed up on his Facebook page:
I am opposed to the mosque being built near the WTC memorial, though when asked by the Plain Dealer, my opponent will not say yes or no.
I guess Tom Ganley just doesn’t understand how busy Betty is. She’s got too much on her plate to respond to an issue that highlights her party’s incoherence and incompetence in matters of national security and common decency. Ganley has yet to learn that in the world of our Washington ruling class, all matters are best decided by bureaucrats and czars in DC unless it would embarrass a Democrat incumbent to take a position. In such rare cases, these matters become Local Issues™.
I wonder if Betty agrees with Speaker Nancy Pelosi that opponents of the Hamasque should be investigated? Perhaps people like these should be the first ones to be called to testify at the next Democrat Party show trial:
“Never Forget” is just a slogan when there’s an election to be won, y’know.
Barack Obama is all for it. Hamas wants it. Does the Democratic Congresswoman for Ohio’s 13th District have anything to say one way or the other? Speak up, Betty (and without Clintonian wriggling).
6:00 PM Update: Hello, Sutton staffers! Is your boss too busy to schedule any town hall meetings, or is she just afraid of her constituents’ inconvenient questions?
The definitive takedown is on The Corner, but here’s the summary.
Boy, we racist hateful Christianist wingnut islamophobes sure don’t understand honor killings, do we?
So much for the “Religion of Peace.”
That is one brave young man.
In just a shade over three minutes, we see what members of the Muslim Student Association think of Jews:
You heard right.
David Horowitz: If you don’t condemn Hamas, obviously you support it. Case closed. I have had this experience at UC Santa Barbara, where there were 50 members of the Muslim Students Association sitting right in the rows there. And throughout my hour talk I kept asking them, will you condemn Hizbollah and Hamas. And none of them would. And then when the question period came, the president of the Muslim Students Association was the first person to ask a question. And I said, ‘Before you start, will you condemn Hizbollah?’ And he said, ‘Well, that question is too complicated for a yes or no answer.’ So I said, ‘Okay, I’ll put it to you this way. I am a Jew. The head of Hizbollah has said that he hopes that we will gather in Israel so he doesn’t have to hunt us down globally. For or Against it?
MSA member: For it.
That wasn’t some screaming, rock-throwing, uneducated kid in Ramallah. From the sound of it
Jimena Imad Musa Ahmal Bahiri Jumanah Imad Albahri is an American, and she’s not only college educated but also deceptively charming and well spoken. This exchange was caught on video at the University of California, San Diego just two days ago. In case you’ve never heard of them, the MSA is an arm of the Muslim Brotherhood terrorist organization.
Anybody care to wager on who this smiling, keffiyeh-wearing genocidal lass voted for in the last election?