Posted tagged ‘Courage’

Where is the West’s courage?

September 13, 2017

Where is the West’s courage? Israel National News, Giulio Meotti, September 13, 2017

“Close your eyes, have no fear,” says a song by John Lennon, the wretched soundtrack of a West which has definitely lost military, political and cultural courage. After the Paris terror attacks, many people were inspired by John Lennon’s songs. It was a clear message to Jihadists: you can continue to butcher us, we don’t care 

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In 1978, the great Russian writer Alexander Solzenitsyn delivered a famous speech at Harvard University. “A decline in courage may be the most striking feature which an outside observer notices in the West in our days”, the author of “Gulag Archipelago” said at the time. “The Western world has lost its civil courage, both as a whole and separately, in each country, each government, each political party, and, of course, in the United Nations. Such a decline in courage is particularly noticeable among the ruling groups and the intellectual elite, causing an impression of loss of courage by the entire society. Of course, there are many courageous individuals, but they have no determining influence on public life”.

Solzenitsyn uttered these important words at a time when the West still had some courage against Communism. What would he have said today seeing Europe’s reaction in front of Islamic terrorism? and North Korea/

“No tinc por”, I’m not afraid, is the slogan of anti-terrorism march in Spain. Time Magazine called them “Peace Marchers”. Peace? After 15 people have been butchered by a cell of the Islamic State? Why not announce instead  a Spanish battalion to join the international coalition busy in freeing Raqqa, the de facto capital of Isis in Syria?

Our candor in front of all our dead murdered by terrorists, a mix of nihilism and phony optimism, is amazing. It is as if the West agreed to pay this price to radical Islam.

They are afraid, despite what they claim. They protect public buildings, schools, a, shopping malls and public places like military targets. In France, half of the military personnel is busy in protecting the home front.  On London Bridge, concrete barriers appeared after the terror attacks as the way to protect the citizens.

Being afraid is a natural response in this situation, but fear cannot become the main word of a rally against Jihadism. And not that kind of “fear”. What about freedom? And Western culture? We have been paralyzed in our own fear.

We have our homegrown Jihadists, their handlers in North Africa and the Middle East, Iran and North Korea – all out to destroy the West. They don’t hide their intentions. We are the ones who hide.

“Close your eyes, have no fear,” says a song by John Lennon, the wretched soundtrack of a West which has definitely lost military, political and cultural courage. After the Paris terror attacks, many people were inspired by John Lennon’s songs. It was a clear message to Jihadists: you can continue to butcher us, we don’t care

Going to a Concert Isn’t Courageous, Resisting Terrorism is

June 4, 2017

Going to a Concert Isn’t Courageous, Resisting Terrorism is, The Point (Front Page Magazine, Daniel Greenfield, June 4, 2017

If your society is damaged enough that going out to a concert becomes an act of courage, you might as well be living in Pakistan or Iran. If the West doesn’t want to end its days courageously listening to black market music or sneaking drinks at home, it might be time to show true courage by defeating the Islamofascist hordes streaming every day from the burgeoning emirates and caliphates into the cities of civilization.

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Courage, bravery and defiance. Those are the words being used to describe another Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.

We have reached the sad state of affairs in which the media congratulates the citizenry for their “courage” in going to a concert or a nightclub. The highest possible human virtue is defined as “not giving in to fear”.

Living in denial of Islamic terrorism means giving in to fear. Taking it on is giving in to fear. It’s the old Orwellian formula so often used by Obama in which cowardice is courage and inaction is courageous restraint.

It is a very low bar that in formerly free nations that confronted Hitler and Stalin, going out is now an act of courage. It is a testament to how thoroughly Islamic terrorism has paralyzed its Western host societies. Going shopping after 9/11 or to a concert after Bataclan or the Manchester Arena bombing are not acts of courage. They’re attempts to restore normalcy.

The political elites of the West desperately seek to restore a normalcy that is out of reach after every single attack. That normalcy is also known as denial. There’s no courage in denial. There was no courage in the citizens of Paris pretending that the Nazi occupation did not exist. There was courage in Churchill’s call to resist Nazism.

There was courage in the citizens of London going about their routines under the shadow of the Luftwaffe because they were part of a society actively resisting the Nazis. There is no virtue in doing the same while letting the Islamofascists occupy London and Manchester.

If your society is damaged enough that going out to a concert becomes an act of courage, you might as well be living in Pakistan or Iran. If the West doesn’t want to end its days courageously listening to black market music or sneaking drinks at home, it might be time to show true courage by defeating the Islamofascist hordes streaming every day from the burgeoning emirates and caliphates into the cities of civilization.

Michael Oren: I wrote my book to stop Obama’s Iran deal

June 23, 2015

Michael Oren: I wrote my book to stop Obama’s Iran deal

BY: By Nick Gass 6/23/15 7:35 AM EDT Via Politico


Note: Video link refuses to cooperate. Go to original article at link above.

(I was fortunate to catch this interview on MSNBC this morning. A most impressive friend you’ve got there, JW. – LS)

Michael Oren, the former Israeli ambassador to the U.S. and the author of a controversial new book about his tenure in Washington, said Tuesday that he timed its release expressly to raise alarm bells about President Barack Obama’s nuclear talks with Iran.

“This book comes out now for a reason,” Oren said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” speaking about his book “Ally: My Journey Across the American Israeli Divide,” which comes out Tuesday, a week ahead of the June 30 deadline for a nuclear agreement.

Any deal with Iran should be “conditioned on Iranian behavior,” Oren said, adding that the alternative to any deal with the Iranians is “a better deal” in which the country’s breakout time for enrichment is longer than a month or a year.

“Maybe if I were an Iranian negotiator, I wouldn’t sign it either,” he said, noting that longer they wait, the better deal they could get for their interests.

Oren also slammed what he termed the “signing bonus” for Iran agreeing to a nuclear deal, which he said could be as much as $50 billion. That money is “coming to a neighborhood near you,” he said, noting Iran’s history of funding terror proxies that have killed Americans.

He also laid into the White House, repeating his charge that Obama put daylight between the U.S. and Israel as a matter of policy when he spoke in Cairo in 2009. Under presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, the two countries tried to keep their problems behind closed doors, he added.

By contrast, any mistakes Israel has made, any surprises, he reiterated, were “honest,” as in 2010 when the Jewish state announced a plan to expand settlement housing in East Jerusalem when Vice President Joe Biden visited the country.