#BringBackOurGirls and the Death of Heroism

As we recently passed the 69th anniversary of the end of the Second World War (you might have heard of it; a rather significant historical event – even though it took less time for us than did building the ObamaCare website) I have been re-reading Cornelius Ryan’s excellent A Bridge Too Far, which details the “Market-Garden” campaign in Holland in late 1944. Ryan, who wrote several excellent books about major World War Two battles, has a deft way of both showing the utter horror of war as well as showing the sublime courage it took for American and allied forces to win it. One scene in the book, as American paratroopers are landing deep behind enemy lines, has a fighter plane being shot down by the Germans.  The pilot crash-lands his plane close to the American paratroopers, hops out of the wreck and immediately demands a weapon, saying, “I know just where that Kraut SOB is and I’m going to get him”, and off he charges after his enemy.  It seems to me that we, as a people, lack just a bit of that spirit.

Boko Haram has been around for a while, though for our liberals it seems that the group just sprang, fully armed, out of the ground last week – and likely is the result of racist, sexist Teabaggers in the United States.  Without a doubt, if there is something to all this, it is Bush’s fault. As I’m sure everyone is aware, the outrage which finally made even liberals notice was the kidnapping of several hundred Nigerian school girls, with the Boko Haram thugs announcing their plans to tell the girls into slavery (apparently at a bit less than $14 a head, at current exchange rates). While the MSM is careful about concealing the fact that Boko Haram is a Muslim terrorist group closely aligned with al-Qaeda (and, of course, has been massacring Christians in Nigeria for many years), even the bare-bones facts of the case are outrageous. The reaction of our liberals, from Obama on down, has been vigorous – they immediately started a Twitter hashtag, #BringBackOurGirls.  The theory is that the global shaming of Boko Haram will get them to realize the error of their ways and release the girls; but even if that doesn’t work, at least liberals who participated in the hashtag will feel that they did something to help, in much the same way that feeling sorry for a drowning man will excuse one from throwing him a rope, I guess.

Mark Steyn has nailed the whole problem we have here in his recent column, #BringBackOurBalls. Do read it; we here in the West have simply lost our spirit. Here are hundreds of sweet, innocent girls taken by beasts in human skin and our immediate reaction is not to send in military forces to kill the beasts, but to morally pose with a Twitter hashtag – and actually think we are doing something.

The West has a very large problem – we seem to lack the spirit to live. If we do die as a civilization it won’t be because someone stronger than us came along, but because we committed suicide.  When faced with clear evil, we refused to fight. 69 years ago, we charged eagerly at men who were doing evil. Now we stand shivering to one side, hoping that we’ll be left in the enjoyment of our toys at least through our own lifetime.

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19 thoughts on “#BringBackOurGirls and the Death of Heroism

  1. Retired Spook May 11, 2014 / 9:23 am

    he pilot crash-lands his plane close to the American paratroopers, hops out of the wreck and immediately demands a weapon, saying, “I know just where that Kraut SOB is and I’m going to get him”, and off he charges after his enemy.

    That’s the way I feel about Liberals, heh.

    • Amazona May 11, 2014 / 9:38 am

      And you are just a guy, with an opinion. Because you are just a guy, off in the wilds of Indiana 😉 the Thought Police are not after you—yet. But if you were in LibLand, looking for a job, you’d have to hide your beliefs. If you were a public figure, or in a field dominated by Libs, you couldn’t say things like that.

      • Retired Spook May 11, 2014 / 9:56 am

        But if you were in LibLand, looking for a job, you’d have to hide your beliefs.

        Au Contraire — I have this cool T-shirt that my daughter gave me that says, “I’m retired, you’re not — nah, nah, nah, nah, nah…”

      • Amazona May 11, 2014 / 12:04 pm

        But IF you were looking for a job….

        You have freedom now, at least till the IRS comes after you, after Big Brother’s facial recognition identifies you as a participant in a TEA Party meeting, or the membership list of Oath Keepers moves up the hit list.

  2. Amazona May 11, 2014 / 9:47 am

    “The theory is that the global shaming of Boko Haram will get them to realize the error of their ways…”

    This seems to be related to the theory that having John F’n Kerry scowl at the Russians and scold them as if he is telling them to get off his lawn is strong stuff.

    I am not ashamed of my country, but I am certainly ashamed of the weak, craven, spineless groveling we now engage in on the world stage.

    The only place the United States is tough is when it is dealing with conservatives, Christians and people who don’t toe the Liberal line. That’s when we see them get out the snipers, the cops, the Gestapo IRS and other Fed agencies to crack down.

    Oh, and when we are throwing 7-year-old kids out of school for nibbling on Pop Tarts in a way that makes the pastry look vaguely like a (gasp!) gun. Or when we brand a 6-year-old a sexual offender for kissing a girl on the cheek on the playground. (Though in about 8 years he will be required to read pornography by his “teachers”—-go figure.)

    It’s not that the United States government is never tough, it’s just that it saves its thuggery for those who really deserve it——-children, conservatives and Christians.

  3. Retired Spook May 11, 2014 / 10:04 am

    It’s not that the United States government is never tough, it’s just that it saves its thuggery for those who really deserve it——-children, conservatives and Christians.

    You have to figure that, at some point, there will be some push-back. And just like our financial system, the longer the inevitable drags out, the worse the end game will be. I don’t think your average Leftist has the slightest idea what’s in store for them if they keep on their present course.

    • J. R. Babcock (@JRBabcock) May 11, 2014 / 10:25 am

      You have to figure that, at some point, there will be some push-back.

      Conservatives are generally more laid back and less likely to wear their emotions on their sleeves than liberals. Look back at 1994. Virtually no one in the media or political class was predicting the kind of electoral upheaval that occurred. But conservatives had been in the congressional minority for 40 years, and finally said, “enough.” We did it again in 2010, but lost the momentum in 2012. Books have been written on why that happened, but I think that momentum will be found again this fall.

      • Retired Spook May 11, 2014 / 10:46 am

        Push-back, indeed. Events like this are going to become more common place, and notice this comment by law enforcement:

        “It was peaceful, and there were no problems whatsoever,” the sheriff told The Associated Press.

  4. Cluster May 11, 2014 / 11:45 am

    I think JR is exactly right. I have a strong feel that many Americans are saying “enough” of this crap and are anxious to vote Harry Reid out of office, and to put a stop to this childish hashtag Presidency.

    • Amazona May 11, 2014 / 12:02 pm

      That’s just it—this administration has reduced the presidency to the level of social media.

      For decades, the short cut to the Higher Moral Ground for the Left at least involved a little effort—-a protest, a slogan on a T shirt, something like that—-and preferably a little acceptable thought, even if it was as inane as the response of a beauty queen contestant. (“I’m for peace in the world and ending hunger…”) Now it is attained, in their eyes, by simply tweeting a few words.

      It really has become, as you put it, a “hashtag presidency”.

      • M. Noonan May 11, 2014 / 1:01 pm

        I honestly think that Obama’s plan – and its an actual plan, not just idiocy – is to try and be so nice to the Islamists that they will eventually love us…shaming them via Twitter is the stick, giving them Libyan arms is the carrot, I guess. It is bizarre.

    • Retired Spook May 12, 2014 / 8:28 am

      Cluster,

      What’s really amazing is the civilized restraint from the Right in the face of an all-out onslaught of attacks on our families, our religion and our values, especially considering we’re the “nuts with all the guns”. It’s almost as though Progressives are trying to goad us into doing something stupid. It speaks well to the character of most Conservatives that we’ve resisted the temptation, and it also makes a statement about the intelligence (or lack thereof) of a Left that would pick a fight with a group that is (a) well armed, and (b) not afraid to die for freedom.

      • Cluster May 12, 2014 / 11:26 am

        That civilized restraint is getting more restless by the day.

      • Retired Spook May 12, 2014 / 11:55 am

        That civilized restraint is getting more restless by the day.

        It is, but if history from the last half century or so is any guide, it will be the Left that resorts to violence first. I look forward to the fight. I can’t imagine any cause more worth dying for than to ensure the freedom of future generations.

      • Cluster May 12, 2014 / 12:19 pm

        Richard Dreyfus, the actor, who is not exactly a died in the wool conservative has started a pretty cool initiative centered around teaching the concepts of freedom, personal responsibility and constitutional governance called the Dreyfus Initiative.

        http://thedreyfussinitiative.org/whatwedo/the-dreyfuss-mission.html

        I think that even people like Dreyfus are starting to wake up to the growing intolerance, hate and outright McCarthyist, fascist, un American grip progressives currently have on this country.

      • Retired Spook May 12, 2014 / 1:04 pm

        Cluster,

        Let’s hope that Dreyfus’ vision is contagious among his contemporaries.

      • M. Noonan May 12, 2014 / 1:05 pm

        In a debate with one of the two liberals I still find tolerable, we got into the abortion issue and the liberal brought up the four abortion doctors who have been murdered since Roe – he was pointing out just how horrible that is. Leaving aside the fact that the murderers were nuts not representative of the pro-life movement, I pointed out that if we really thirsted for the blood of abortionists, they’d all be dead. 55 million abortions is quite a provocation for those of us who believe that the unborn child is as much a human endowed with rights as anyone. The liberals do not realize the fire they are playing with – and how restrained we have been.

      • Amazona May 12, 2014 / 1:06 pm

        We are now moving to another stage of what I still consider “civilized restraint” in establishing legal routes to gaining information, though the poor Left is quite upset about this and finds it quite uncivilized and quite unrestrained.

        That is what happens when they are challenged to back up their various stories and lies.

        But we are not rioting in the streets, throwing things through windows, threatening people, etc. We are merely demanding that the rule of law apply. We are just more emphatic in that demand.

  5. shawny2011 May 14, 2014 / 8:06 am

    While Obama and Hagel haggle, and more voices join the “send in the troops and special forces”,choir……it makes you wonder what AFRICOM is doing, why we’re ignoring the fact that we do have troops on the ground in Nigeria, a joint terrorism task force, and drone bases in 35 African countries including Nigeria. Of course they could be busy elsewhere.
    A did find a comment that put things in perspective from one who lives in this #hell.

    Habibu Izuafa Akim · University of Abuja

    Official figures has it that 336 people were murdered in Gamboru Ngala, Nigeria n the entire village burnt down. That’s 60 people more that the 276 girls that were kidnapped! These people include GIRLS, Women, men n boys. Between the day of the Kidnapping n this moment, over 500 people ve died! Killed by the same people that abducted our GIRLS!!! So I ask of what use is it if they #bringbackourgirls if they can easily come back 2 slaughter them @ night while sleep?! We want our girls back n we our our country back!!! If they can not develop it, at least they should not ruin it! #bringbackourgirls #bringbackourpeace #bringbackourunity #BRINGBACKOURCOUNTRY!!!

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