More On Fear In The Western World: ‘The Centre Cannot Hold’
Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
—WB Yeats, The Second Coming
Continuing with the theme of my recent post ‘I Can Feel The Fear In The Western World’…
Mark Steyn on last night’s Hugh Hewitt Show [re-paragraphing mine]:
HEWITT: When the backdrop to all the terrorism stories of the last 24 hours says shooting rampage, that is the terrorists winning. We’re afraid to call, we are hesitant to call Islamist terror in America Islamist terror. I don’t understand it, Mark Steyn, but it’s everywhere.
STEYN: Yeah, and in fact, it’s got worse. Political correctness was a big part of why 3,000 people died 14 years ago. At least two of the check-in counters, the one in Portland, Maine, where Mohammed Atta and Co. boarded the plane to get to Boston, and then also the one, the United flight I think out of Washington, the check-in clerks at the airlines had concerns, and then said oh, no, no, no, I mustn’t think that, what am I doing, it’s racist, these are perfectly respectable businessmen.
So we have a contradiction here, because we have a Department of Homeland Security slogan. If you see something, say something. And yet if you see something, your instincts tell you that for political correctness reasons, you are not to say anything.
The stories that have been coming out about the neighbors being suspicious of all the stuff that was going on in the weeks beforehand, but thinking of them as impure thoughts, racist thoughts, Islamophobic thought, this makes it impossible.
No matter how big the security state gets, if you have a politically correct, dishonest, politico media culture, you will never be able to have a security state big enough that will keep you safe from these things. And I think they’re training us, actually, to accept these kind of incidents as a routine feature of life. That’s what’s actually horrible about it. They’re basically saying give it up, accept these violent attacks, because they’re going to happen. And the price of countering them, which is addressing this subject honestly, is too high to bear.
The Left In America wants us to live in Fear [we’re more malleable that way].
More from Mark:
STEYN: Well, that’s one of the most amazing things I’ve seen ever, which suggests that even the federal investigative agencies are so cowed by political correctness and cultural sensitivity, as you say, the first thing that happens when you have a suspect is you want to get to his friends and his family, and start talking to them before other people get to them, and they all have a chance to agree their stories. And yet we see something where 14 people are dead, and there’s the usual bazillion federal, state and local agencies all investigating the thing, and yet one of the people they ought to be talking to is standing up on television at a press conference giving the CAIR-approved version of events. That speaks, that says an awful lot about what’s, the culture of the FBI that they allowed that to happen.
HEWITT: It does. It speaks to investigating with two arms tied behind your back.
HEWITT: And that’s not what happened after 9/11. And in my Department of Justice days in the Cold War, when investigations went on into espionage, you didn’t tell people that they could go on television. You told them they couldn’t. You didn’t arrest people for no probable cause, but you told them not to talk to other people for the very reason you just articulated. You don’t want a narrative out there that people can adopt and defend.
STEYN: No, and this is what’s extraordinary to me. I said today, you know, all these stories are different, and they’re all the same. The situation you were saying, what did his workmates make of this guy, what did they say to him, we’ve been here before with the same result, 14 people dead. Captain Hassan is, as he then was, was the only mass murderer to give a Power Point presentation to Army psychologists about what he was planning to do. And they were, all got a bit sheepish and a bit embarrassed. This is the Army. This is the Army, and they decided it would be too political sensitive to get rid of the guy, so they promoted him to major and sent him off to Fort Hood where he killed 14 people. Every story is different, and every story is exactly the same.
While I understand why fellow Patriots like Mark Levin praise the FBI, the sad fact is: they can no longer be trusted to conduct investigations on Terrorism because Political Correctness has intimidated them.
There was no longer any doubt as of yesterday that this was a terrorist act in San Bernadino, yet the FBI has still not called this what it is.
Of course, the FBI now serves a Caesar and his minions, who are in the midst of an Origiastic Rapture Of Denial.
From The London Daily Mail, Francesca Chambers reporting, we learn [and we tend to only learn what’s going on from foreign, especially English, news organizations][emphasis mine]:
Attorney General Loretta Lynch told a group of Muslims in Washington last night that her ‘greatest fear’ since the Paris terror attack is retaliatory violence against members of the religion.
Lynch said as a prosecutor, she worries that the anti-Muslim rhetoric ‘will be accompanied by acts of violence,’ and said, ‘We cannot give in to the fear that these backlashes are really based on.’
President Barack Obama said yesterday that the government had not determined the motives behind the shooters.
‘It is possible that this was terrorist-related, but we don’t know. It’s also possible that this was workplace-related,’ he said in a statement from the Oval Office.
Surrounded by Lynch and FBI Director James Comey, whose department is running point on the investigation, as well as the vice president and other members of his national security team, the president said, ‘Our expectation is, is that this may take some time before we’re able to sort it all through.’ [BOB: As Mark put it: ‘So we’ve got, the President, from the President, the most powerful man on Earth, supposedly, the leader of the free world, has told his 300 million subjects that you’re guilty of bad think if you start thinking this has anything to do with where the guy worshipped.’]
Speaking broadly on Thursday about religious tensions in America, Lynch told attendees of Muslim Advocate’s 10th anniversary dinner that she had observed an ‘incredibly disturbing rise of anti-Muslim rhetoric’ in the wake of the ISIS assault on Paris and the talk ‘edges towards violence.’
In the weeks that have followed the onslaught American mosques have been vandalized, and in at least one case fired upon, and Muslim believers have been repeatedly threatened with acts of violence.
‘When we talk about the First amendment we [must] make it clear that actions predicated on violent talk are not American. They are not who we are, they are not what we do, and they will be prosecuted,’ Lynch said, according to Buzzfeed.
She derided congressional attempts to keep refugees from ISIS-ravaged Syria and a House-passed bill that would require federal agencies to swear the migrants are not radicals.
‘You know, this is not the way,’ she said, per Politico’s report. ‘I will look at anything and consider anything that will keep the American people safe but … you take aggressive action you don’t take impetuous action.’
Lynch said the country ‘cannot be ruled by fear.’
‘When we are ruled by fear, we actually are not making ourselves safe,’ she said. ‘My message to the Muslim community is we stand with you in this.’
This is Insanity…and, actually, following Lynch’s way, which we have been, has made us more and more unsafe – and is partially, in Reality, motivated by Fear.
The Left rules by and lives by Fear.
[Because the Left believes that obtaining and maintaining Power can only come via rank deception and/or violence, it logically believes that the Power And Control it has stolen is always under threat, because the Left believes that everyone else thinks like they do, everyone else has rejected Morality and Truth, made a deal with the Devil. In the case of Islam, the Left is right to fear them because the Mohammedin’s Ideology is more fanatically embraced than theirs. Muslims are more than willing to die to further their form of Totalitarianism. Most of the Secular Left are not.]
More from Mark [re-paragraphing mine]:
HEWITT: …I don’t know if you saw Adam Schiff. He is a California Congressman. Earlier today, I wish I had this on tape, he said, and I’m paraphrasing, but very close to Wolf Blitzer[:] Wolf, we need magazine limits, we need universal backgrounds, because even if they wouldn’t have stopped yesterday, they would help in some other place at some other time, because of course, neither of those things would have stopped yesterday. STEYN: No, this is, this isn’t, I mean, for a start, it’s happening, in the gun-free zones of Paris and Brussels, only two groups of people have guns – the government and the terrorists. And that would be the same thing here.
There’s no southern border. So any Islamic group that wants to bring in weaponry can bring it across the southern border of the United States. That’s not what’s going on here. That is like Londoners during the Blitz when the Luftwaffe is strafing London night after night after night, saying oh, we need to have airplane control, we must pass a law against it.
What is happening here is there is an ideology, a global ideology. When Obama talks about having contained ISIS, what he basically means is he’s contained it to the planet. It’s not yet got an operating base on Mars. But basically, it’s everywhere around the planet now, and it has enormous, it’s simply the most effective iteration of the moment of an Islamic supremacism with huge appeal to second and third generation Muslims, young Muslims who have grown up in the West, and loathe the societies they live in and of which they’re citizens.
And nobody’s saying that means 100% or even 50% or 30%. But a significant percentage of them, like this guy, he’s got a great job. He’s been working for the county for five years. It’s an undemanding job with great benefits. His wife is a pharmacist. These are great, stable, middle, well-remunerated middle class jobs, and they’ve been doing them for years, and they could have lifelong careers, and it’s more important to them to kill people in the name of an ideology.
And when your Congressman says stuff like that, he’s basically saying you guys, he’s basically telling his constituents you guys are just going to be shot and bombed and stabbed and have your head cut off every so often, and that’s just the price you have to pay, because it’s better that than that we should talk about this honestly.
That way is not The American Way…and that is why it must be resisted with everything we’ve got at our disposal.
This is a Life and Death Situation and we must decide which side we are on.