Sunday, July 17, 2016

After Nice: Bruce Bawer on No More

From Bruce Bawer on City Journal. I couldn’t have said it better.

No more flags of foreign countries posted on Facebook in a spirit of solidarity. No more empathic Twitter hashtags. No more empty statements by heads of government declaring that “the terrorists have failed in their effort to turn us against one another.” No more equally empty statements by other heads of government expressing their own country’s support for “our ally in its time of grief.” No more calls for love in the face of hate, or candlelight processions as a response to murder. No more clicking of tongues and shaking of heads over the horrible loss of life—as if people had died in a one-off natural disaster, a hurricane or tornado or tsunami—followed, after a few days, by a return to normal. Until the next time, of course.

No more attempts to psychologically analyze every new jihadist—to probe his troubled family or professional life in an attempt to figure out what “turned him to violence and extremism.” No more reflexive reassurances that “this has nothing to do with Islam,” that a handful of bad guys have “hijacked” a “peaceful” faith, and that “the great majority of the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims are, of course, peace-loving people who utterly reject this kind of action.” No more slick pivoting to the subject of gun control, or American homophobia, or whatever other diversion seems useful under the specific circumstances. No more blaming of Europeans’ supposed failure to accept or embrace or integrate or employ Muslims, or of Muslims’ alleged poverty or hopelessness or frustration or alienation.

 No more hand-wringing by journalists, as they stand mere yards from the bodies of the dead, about the possible “backlash” against Muslims (which never really materializes). No more declarations by U.S. officials that the mere mention of Islam in connection with Islamic terrorism is “dangerous” and “counterproductive” because it “alienates” the Muslim allies and Muslim communities whose help we need in fighting this problem that we dare not properly name. No more respectful TV interviews with representatives of “Muslim civil-rights organizations” that have been proven over and over again to be fronts for terrorism.

No more outrageous lies by government and media that, almost fifteen years after 9/11, keep so many Americans so outrageously in the dark about the world in which we live now. No more of the despicable day-to-day efforts by the same actors to keep those Americans who do get it in line, to instill in them an unholy fear that, if they dare to address the problem honestly, they’ll be thrust forever out into the dark—beyond the realm of decent society, unacceptable, unemployable, unfriendable. 

No more societal tyranny by those who (because they’re cowardly, or feel powerless, or have no sense of responsibility to preserve the precious gift of freedom that their own forebears fought and died for and have bequeathed them, or are, inconceivably, unconcerned about the world their own children and grandchildren will inhabit) treat as enemies not those who seek to destroy them but those who dare to speak the truth about it.


  1. Bawer's books "While Europe Slept" (2007) and "Surrender" (2009) warned that fear, political correctness, and moral cowardice were leading Western politicians, religious leaders, media, and intellectuals down the primrose path of surrender to Islamic aggression. Now, as we face daily acts of savage violence by Islamic jihadists and the same whining, hand wringing, dissembling evasion and cowardice from the same legion of moral idiots listed above, it sounds like Bawer has, even as the rest of us, reached the end of his patience with these pathetic invertebrates. When will the candlelight vigils and teddy bears be replaced by processions of outraged jihad targets demanding decisive action against these seventh century marauding savages? Anyone holding their breath might want to exhale, at least for the time being, because obviously the tipping point has not yet been reached. One dreads to think what will be enough to set that off.

  2. that is why populism is on the rise across the West. From Geert Wilders to Marie Le Pen to Sweden Democrats to Trump people are saying no more infantilizing teddy bears and candles.

    The disgust scares the socialists for they have no usual, technology will provide the kinds of bio-testing that move beyond what people say to what their bodies are betraying re their true loyalties. In the face of globalism, borderless new world 'orders' (where there is no order and feudalism is on the rise), and the like, the demand for loyalty and the trust that goes with it is returning.

    Europe is facing the karmic price of a faux "liberty, equality, fraternity" where fraternity has fled and equality hasn't ever really existed...

    In America we'll have to see if the social contract is renewable...


      It is that third item that it's time to revisit in light of day two of the GOP convention, which closed with a Muslim prayer. See, much of Trump's base really believed all that anti-Muslim rhetoric. In fact, his so-called "Muslim ban" was his most popular policy initiative according to all the exit polls nationwide.

      But if there was ever any further confirmation needed this was all for show, and a con all along, tonight's closing prayer was it. Not because it displayed religious pluralism. I don't believe in Allah, which is why I'm not a Muslim. But I understand not everyone in America believes as I do.

      Rather, because the pluralism on parade tonight is a complete and total repudiation of the canard Trump sold his base for months. As he cynically capitalized on liberal stereotypes of Republicans, because he's a New York City liberal, too.

      So all of you who overlooked the fact Trump is not and never has been with us on the issues, simply because you believed he shared your nationalist frustrations, you are now part of a select group of people. Those swindled by Donald Trump.

      Now who's the cuck?


      A program of the GOP Convention provided to PolitiStick reveals that on Tuesday, the founder of a front group known as “American Muslims for Trump,” Sajid Tarar, will be praying to Allah, the same god invoked by Islamic terrorists shouting “Allahu Akbar” while committing evil around the globe in places like San Bernardino, Orlando, and more recently in Nice, France.

  3. I think it was on Gates of Vienna I saw a photo of a group of Nice grievers with the caption, “We have candles, teddy bears, and flowers, and we are prepared to use them!”