Men Without Chests August 31, 2006Posted by Retired Geezer in Terrorist Hemorrhoids.
Something keeps telling me to post this. It could be because I’m a big C.S. Lewis fan. Nevertheless it seems very timely.
First a quote by Mr. Lewis: (H/T to HayZeus for finding it for me).
“We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise.
We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst.
We castrate and then bid the geldings to be fruitful.”
I received this column from David Warren via email:
…The case of the two Fox News journalists, held hostage in Gaza, is worth dwelling upon. They were released after their captors had made tapes of them dressed as Arabs and announcing they had changed their names and converted to Islam.
Lately I have been looking at the large — at how the West is proving unable to cope with a threat from a fanatical Islamic movement, that it ought to be able to snuff out with fair ease… But the large is often most visible in the small.
It’s a pretty good diagnosis of the reasons why the terrorists made the journalists convert to Islam.
Why did Fatah bother to make the video? Didn’t they realize conversion under duress means nothing? That no one, East or West, would take it at face value?
They didn’t make it for face value. They made it to show the whole Muslim world, via satellite television, what wimps these Westerners are. That they’ll do anything at all to save their lives, that they don’t think twice about it. That is the substance of most Islamo-fascist propaganda: that the West consists of straw men, of men without chests, of men easily pushed over…