I had such plans for Under the Fedora this week.
I was going to talk about the Hollis event with Kelly Ayotte & Lt. Gov Kerry Healey , the Mitt Romney event at Holman stadium and all I’ve covered. I’ll save that for next week…
…beacuse yesterday on 9/11 our embassies in Libya & Egypt were attacked, our diplomats killed, the flag torn down, the Islamic flag raised on 9/11 no less… and our administration responded thus:
The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims – as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. Today, the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Americans are honoring our patriots and those who serve our nation as the fitting response to the enemies of democracy. Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy. We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others.
That is not an misprint, it is not a phony site, this was the statement put out.
As I watched last night all I could think of was Jimmy Carter. Ironically the same day that Greg Sargant insisted this was not 1980 our embassies are attacked, but that’s unfair to Carter, his first reaction was not to defend the Iranians who hit our embassy.
Moreover here is Sec of State Hilary Clinton:
“The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. Our commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation. But let me be clear: There is never any justification for violent acts of this kind.”
Note that Mrs. Clinton’s first words were not for the Attacked Americans, the burned embassy, it was for the religious sensibilities of the attackers.
As Steven Clarke put it:
“While the responsibility for our lack of credibility in the greater middle east rests with Obama, let’s not forget that our middle east foreign policy is the product of Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice, Samantha Power and others who share their views. These past four years do not reflect well upon their judgment: something to bear in mind when talk of a Hillary Clinton presidency arises.”
My reaction to the embassy statement frankly is not printable, But Mitt Romney is a much more measured man that is he had this to say:.
“I’m outraged by the attacks on American diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt and by the death of an American consulate worker in Benghazi,” the statement read. “It’s disgraceful that the Obama Administration’s first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks.”
And the media response to this has been united, loud and decisive, to condemn pillory and attack….Mitt Romney for his inflammatory statements: such as this headline from Salon:
MSNBC has been unrelenting attacking Mitt Romney panel after panel condemning Mitt & Bibi Netanyahu but hasn’t had much to say about the embassy statement, like the killing of the Copts and the burning of their churches as far as MSNBC and our friends on the left are concerned it’s never happened. Or It’s not newsworthy.
As I watched it this Morning I was in complete disbelief.
These people have no idea, no understanding at all. This is their world view, that Israel is the enemy, in their world Islam has to be appeased, that Mitt Romney not those who have attacked our people are the enemy that HAS to be stopped.
The title of this piece is Frenchie , Rooster and Lt. Data & Sherman. That is because when I look at what has happened it reminds me of three movie/TV moments.
In the Movie 1943 Sahara a small contingent of British, French, Australians & Americans find themselves untilled in the Egyptian desert in 1942. Earlier in the movie when a Nazi flyer is shot down the Frenchman offers to take him behind a dune, when the others object he says they don’t understand:
“This is a Nazi”.
They ignore him, later in the movie when the small band is in a fight with hundreds of Germans. Under a flag of truce Frenchie is sent to talk to the German commander, as he returns is shot in the back. The British Officer too late gets it saying:
“Frenchie was right, we don’t’ understand the Nazis”
When I look at our reaction to the Muslim Brotherhood this is what I see.
On the TV show Star Trek the Next Generation there is an episode called: “The Most Toys” where an eccentric named Kivas kidnaps Lt. Cmdr Data to add to his collection. He continually threatens the life of a woman who has served him to keep Data in check and when they both try to escape he slaughters her with a weapon that produces violent painful death.
When Data picks up the blaster and orders his surrender his captor notes Data can not kill and threatens says the following:
“You will entertain me and you will entertain my guests if you don’t I’ll kill someone else, him perhaps, it doesn’t matter, his blood will be on your hands just like Varia”
Data the android without feelings finally concludes “I cannot allow this to continue.” And just as he is about to fire he is transported out
When I see the repeated deaths, and attacks by radical Islam, I wonder when we will say what Data does.
The final quote come from the movie True Grit. Here is a short clip of the scene where he after talking to a rat telling it to stop, John Wayne in his Academy award willing roll as Rooster Cogburn acts.
after Mattie puts the rat out Rooster turns to her and says
“You can’t serve papers on a rat baby sister you have to kill him or let it be”
The full clip is here
This is the reality of radical Islam. For years we have been warning about Islamic Terror, for a long time we’ve warned about the Muslim Brotherhood. I’ve maintained that Libya & Egypt both have the right to the government they wish, but with those rights come responsilities. Yet our friends on the left are convinced that we can talk our way out of this, that if only we are nicer and more submissive they will be come our friends. This is not only a delusion it is a delusion that is fatal
I give the last word to General Sherman
“We cannot change the hearts of those people of the South, but we can make war so terrible…that generations pass away before they again appeal to it.”.
And I will say out loud what nobody else wants to. We can not change Islamists hearts we can not make the love us unless we abandon free speech and the principles we hold dear. We can not change these people unless we submit and we are fools to try to do so. All we can do is make them fear us, all we can do is make them understand that any such attack, any such action will produce a response so massive so horrible and so unrelenting that generations will pass before they consider striking again.
Remember It wasn’t diplomacy or even the impending invasion of Japan and the potential of millions of deaths fighting us that ended World war two, it was two atomic bombs.
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