Saturday, May 16, 2009

Whatever You Do, Don't Fight Back

Out of Dallas comes a story about a 60 year old woman who wrestled away a gun from a 19 year old teenager trying to steal her car and shot him. The story's closing paragraph contains the cautionary note that has become obligatory for postmodern America.

"We don't recommend it," Sgt. McFarlin said of the woman's decision to confront her attacker. "Always the safe thing to do, unless you're in fear of imminent bodily injury, is to comply."

Complying is indeed the recommended option these days, whether it's with criminals or terrorists. Follow orders and hope you don't get hurt. How many women have been forced into cars at the threat of a knife or a gun, only to be taken away and raped and murdered. When people are taught to comply, imminent injury ceases to be a risk but a consequence.

Complying was the standard recommendation for airplane hijackings. This cultural programming was only broken on Flight 93, when the consequences of compliance had become clear. It is not in Afghanistan or Iraq, where the only truly decisive victory against terrorism occurred, but on that plane, when the passengers chose to resist their attackers and foil their plans.

The common denominator between crime and terrorism is that both are cultural threats to our society. They originate from cultures existing abroad and in the fringes of our own society. A criminal culture and a terrorist culture. They cannot be defeated purely through military means, they must be defeated at the cultural level, and that will only happen when a society of committed individuals resist them, rather than comply with them.

But we have been assiduously taught not to do this. We are taught to vest out faith and rights into the hands of government bodies who will handle our security for us. Our approach to terrorism is only an extension of our approach to crime, which is to slide back and forth between aggressive rhetoric and overbearing action to appeasement and downright romanticistisation of the criminal and the terrorist. This romanticisation of murderers and criminals who challenge authority, itself stems from the loss of liberty inherent in a state which preaches government power as the ultimate good and the ultimate solution.

Once we transferred responsibility for our security from ourselves to a designated professional force and made it all but illegal, for people to defend others or themselves using force, we created the kind of society that could stand by as Kitty Genovese was attacked repeatedly over a half and allowed to die without any help.

We created a society perpetually afraid of crime and dependent on police brutality and ruthless policing to keep it at bay. By taking away the ability of ordinary citizens to protect themselves, we were left with the false choice of either weak policing and anarchy or ruthless policing and obscene erosion's of individual freedoms.

All attempts to transfer individual responsibilities to the government however, are doomed to failure. A government educational system can never replace parents. Government policing can never take the place of individual deterrence and self-defense. Governments can defeat armed forces, but they cannot defeat a culture. Only one culture can defeat another culture and only one civilization can defeat another civilization.

The War on Terror was marked by a government that rushed to pass laws that were promptly never taken advantage of, or misused for ordinary criminal prosecutions. While everyone from the President on down rushed to insure the public that everything was under control, attempts to give the American people a role in the War on Terror were either squashed or squandered. The government insisted on doing it on its own and worked hard to convince the public that this was a conventional threat that could be defeated by conventional means, because government always seeks to rhetorically recreate a situation along the parameters that place it within its sphere of control.

In the War on Terror, domestic terrorists have been barely touched, and the successes in Afghanistan and Iraq, ignored the fact that the real threat lay not from Osama Bin Laden, but from the growing Muslim immigration and accompanying legitimization of terrorism and delegitimization of self-defense, that has turned Europe's former great empires into supine chambers of appeasement before the spawn of Mohammedanism. Unable to admit the average American understands, the government's attempt to fight terrorism can only stop state sponsors of terrorism, but not the disease vector of terrorism itself, which is Islam.

The dream of Islamic supremacy cannot be blown up with a bomb. It can be defeated only by a superior culture. A culture that is unafraid of the truth and whose superiority rests in individual liberty and self-reliance, rather than on grand government programs that hunt mosquitoes with howitzer cannons.

Individual liberty is a free society's immunity mechanism that prevents it from being overcome by malignant ideologies. A socialist state which seeks to subdue the native energies, spirits and vigor of its people, turns a Democratic society into little more than an inferior version of the dictatorships and totalitarian ideologies it resists. Inferior because true totalitarian regimes are far more thorough, both in crushing their own people and in maintaining a police state over them.

A government cannot subdue the Islamic threat. Military force is an important component over defeating Islamic terrorism abroad, but we can score military victories over Islamic terrorism across the world, and yet see it spring up in new places every week. Because all that Islamists require is a weak government and a crumbling social structure to move in and begin taking over. Africa alone offers dozens of such places. So does Southeast Asia. So does Europe.

A government cannot subdue an ideology. Bombing another training camp in Pakistan does only a limited amount of good, when mosques are preaching Jihad recruiting terrorists in our own cities. Fighting Islamic terrorism abroad does little good, when our own schools and colleges are proselytizing students with classes on the glories of the Religion of Peace.

Terrorism is only the poison the snake spits. The snake itself is the rise of Islam as a force in the modern world. That snake stretches out from the sand pits of the Middle East, its coils draping across Asia and Europe and its fangs reaching across the ocean to America. The snake's body is composed of the numbers of its worshipers, of their mosques and charities and schools and institutions.

Since 9/11 Muslims boast that conversions to Islam have gone up. The murder of over 3000 Americans served as a kind of publicity stunt to launch the promotion of the religion responsible for it. The average American today is fed a dozen lies about Islam before breakfast, all of them sickeningly sweet. The empty debate rages about whether to pull in and out of Iraq, when the real battle for the West is being fought in Paris and Brussels and Rome and for that matter Detroit.

As the death toll in the unofficial war being fought in Europe rises, the media trumpets each dead American soldier. In Sweden women are told not to dress provocatively or meet the eyes of Muslim men. In Australia rhetoric against Muslims is punished with jail time. In England republication of cartoons offensive to Muslims is set to trigger a criminal prosecution. In America rumors of a supposed Koran in the toilet trigger police investigations.

All of it falls under a single banner, whatever you do, don't fight back. And that is all Islam needs to win.


Ginette Callaway said...

In 1996 I was attacked as I approached my car. A gunman held a gun to me while calling me every racial and sexist slur and demanded money. I actaully did not have any money on me, my purse was inside since I only came out to retrieve something from my car. Long story short, a 2nd masked man came from the right side behind me and punched me in the eye and I went down. That is when I realized that I will probably be killed, I made a run for it. The man with the gun fired a shot at me and missed the bulled went a couple of feet in to the door as I ripped open the door to run inside. It was my place of work and I yelled for my boss inside to get his gun. Well it all ended up, that the police showed up ten minuted later the bad guys got away, where never caught and I believe the only reason I am still alive is by God's grace to give me the strengths to run. I would have been executed at point blank range, if I had not made a get away, especially after a 2nd man showed up. Both seemed very angry maybe high on drugs. Statistic show that your chances are better if you do not allow them to get control and take you to a 2nd place. Every women should carry and every women should learn how to get out of a situation. I had a very bad black eye for a few weeks, pain and unfortunately never got any justice. At that that I did not carry, now I do, ALWAYS and I am always aware of my surroundings!

Christopher Darrin Horn said...

You are so right Sultan. I really think that we have put up enough with the Islam idiots. I really believe that we have tried enough. It is time to get tough with them and I mean really tough. No more negotiating it's going to be our way or the highway. I am done with them.

Keli Ata said...

We don't recommend it," Sgt. McFarlin said of the woman's decision to confront her attacker. "Always the safe thing to do, unless you're in fear of imminent bodily injury, is to comply."

Yes indeed. He aptly discribes the prevailing attitude when it comes to fighting terrorism. Crime victims are told to comply or retreat. Great if all the criminal wants as a car or money and the victim can read his mind.

Regarding terrorism, liberal politicians and journalists keep emphasising the lack of immediacy of an attack. Iran "only" has nuclear capabilities so let's ignore that they are in cohoots with Russia, that their president is a Holocaustd denier who has expressed his desire to wipe Israel off the face of the earth, and that our own president wants Netanyahu to warn him in advance of any plans of Israel to launch a preemptive attack against Iran.

Iran can't do anything YET so retreat or comply.

And let's ignore al-Quaeda's continuing threats and plotting and actual attacks. They're not close to attacking YET.

Instead of a world suffering from mass hysteria we have a world suffering from mass stupidity and apathy. Appeasement and political correctness have stripped us of logic, common sense and the most protective survival skill of all--intuition; gut instinct.

Wonderful post.

Shavua, tov.

Logistics Monster said...

...Or you could live here in Hawaii where the "rule" is to leave your home when an intruder invades and call 911. A resident here had his home broken into numerous times; the last time he shot and killed the intruder and is now sitting in jail charged with 2nd degree murder. I am still figuring out how to get off this rock.

Keli Ata said...

Ginette--Thank G-d you survived the ordeal!

A couple of years ago I was walking to the store and this moron pervert in a car pulled along side of me going slow and making all sorts of vulgar remarks. I tried to avoid him (being polite when I really should have told him to go to hell). He followed me into the parking lot, made yet another vulgar comment and asked if I minded him commenting on my ****.

I got furious at this point and told, "YEAH! I DO!"

He backed off instantly, got back into his car and drove off.

Now if only I had gotten aggressive with him in the first place. I think women are victims because we're afraid of not appearing nice.

Another time I was so flabberghasted by a dirty phone call, speechless that I sputtered out, "What do you say!?"

He repeated it. In retrospect...I did give the jerk an opening to say it again when I should have just hung up on him.

Keli Ata said...

You're absolutely right about men who abduct women killing them away from where they were abducted. That's why it is critical to fight with everything you have against an attacker getting you into a car.

Keli Ata said...

Regarding Islam, "The average American today is fed a dozen lies about Islam before breakfast, all of them sickeningly sweet."

Yes. The "Islam is a religion of peace" is served as an almost daily affirmation. If we say it enough if might become true and actually bring peace.

No likely. Maybe if the whole world buys red shoes and clicks their heels three times.

The Islamic ego stroking affirmation that drives me up the wall is the "Islam was hijacked on September 11" as if Islam was the victim and not the perpetrator.

Dedicated_Dad said...

Your work only gets better with age!

Declaring war on terrorism after 9-11 was like declaring war on airplanes after Pearl Harbor.

Airplanes were not the enemy - it was the Japanese who attacked us.

Terrorism is not the enemy - it was the musloids who attacked us.

We ignore reality at our ever-growing peril!

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