Delivering Us Bound To Our Foe

I do enjoy a good polemic, and Fred Reed’s rants are among the best. His response to the recent act of jihad in Orlando is a fine specimen.

Some excerpts:

Orlando? So what else is new? Why the excitement? I am puzzled that everyone is distraught over a perfectly ordinary act of terrorism by a perfectly ordinary Muslim terrorist. We have seen these attacks before and will see them again. They grow monotonous, like car crashes. They are as interesting as a commercial break.

Why the surprise? We know Muslims kill Christians. We know they stone adulteresses to death. We know they drive airplanes into buildings. We know they mutilate women. We know they bomb airliners. We know they destroy historic monuments. We know they kill their daughters for losing their virginity. We know they kill homosexuals. We know they make coordinated mass attacks on cities. We know they are incompatible with societies of the First World. We know they have no respect for our laws. We know they hate us.

Knowing all of this, what do we do? Why…of course! What else? We import more of them. Nothing could make more sense. Ten thousand Syrians, coming to your neighborhood. Thank you, Obama. Thank you in advance, Hillary.

More precisely, Hussein Obama imports them. A black President with Islamic roots, barely American, who dislikes white people and recruits immigrants of his two ethnicities as hard as he can. We get utterly unassimilable Somalis in Minnesota, and all the Muslims he can find. Fifty gay men have just paid the price.

… From the standpoint of a curmudgeon, to which ashen-souled tribe I belong, the events in Orlando provide the gray satisfaction of confirmation. We in our dismal trade derive no joy from unavoidable sufferings springing from the routine malice of existence—cancer, automobile wrecks, birth defects—but we thrive on the self-inflicted, on the finger-hammerings accompanied by cries of “Ouch!” We observe that Muslims are nothing but trouble anywhere, so we import Muslims. We observe that diversity is the chief source of bitter strife in the world, so we open the borders. When seeking employees, we deliberately hire people who can’t do the job. In our universities we purposely admit those who neither can nor want to learn. Then, when the obvious, the predictable, indeed the inevitable unexpectedly occurs, we insist that it really didn’t, or shouldn’t have, or wouldn’t have, or something, and do it again. In its way it is wonderfully funny.

Unless of course you are among the dead.

Not funny at all, really, to me, but perhaps I am not yet quite as ashen-souled as Mr. Reed. I will say, though, that I feel something of his “gray satisfaction” whenever the Gods Of The Copybook Headings limp up to explain it all once more — but that’s only because I can’t help hoping that finally, some day, we will learn our lesson. (I realize that may be unduly optimistic; it’s starting to look as if no amount of knuckle-rapping is going to get what’s left of this civilization to pay attention in class.)

See also this fine bit of obvious common sense from Thomas Sowell:

Is diversity our strength? Or anybody’s strength, anywhere in the world? Does Japan’s homogeneous population cause the Japanese to suffer? Have the Balkans been blessed by their heterogeneity — or does the very word “Balkanization” remind us of centuries of strife, bloodshed and unspeakable atrocities, extending into our own times? Has Europe become a safer place after importing vast numbers of people from the Middle East, with cultures hostile to the fundamental values of Western civilization?

The answers to Mr. Sowell’s questions, of course, are: no, no, no, no/yes, and no. Read the rest here.


  1. CanSpeccy says

    Optimism about the survival of Western civilization seems, well, optimistic.

    As the settler Muslims in Europe like to say, “Europe Is the Cancer, Islam is the Answer.

    The globalists evidently want a dumbed-down populace that can be used and abused at the need or fancy of the elite, but that’s difficult with people accustomed to a tradition of liberté, fraternité, et egalité. So why not replace the now largely redundant European people with those already truly brainwashed, i.e., Muslims ready to go on the rampage at a word from their MI6 or CIA controlled Imam or Mullah?

    So, yes, I suspect you are unduly optimistic about any change in course, as a no vote on Brexit will confirm (I pessimistically assume).

    Interesting, though, that sense about diversity comes from a black American. I think, had America become a civilized country rather than a loony bin ruled by mad billionaires, a stable, mutually respectful black:white dynamic might eventually have prevailed and proved that diversity, though a huge challenge, is sometimes possible.

    Posted June 21, 2016 at 12:37 pm | Permalink
  2. Malcolm says


    Optimism about the survival of Western civilization seems, well, optimistic.

    Yes, I know. And I’m really not particularly optimistic at all; quite the opposite, really. I think it’s much more realistic to think about how we can build some sort of “ark”.

    Posted June 21, 2016 at 12:41 pm | Permalink
  3. CanSpeccy says

    It would need to be an ark with nukes.

    Britain would seem to be almost ideal: nothing much in the way of natural resources for anyone to covet; large enough to maintain an advanced civilization, a rich cultural tradition, and possessing the technological capacity to construct an effective independent nuclear deterrent.

    Which is why pessimists must assume that the Brexit vote will be nixed by whatever means necessary. In the improbable event that it is not, I shall be distinctly less pessimistic on Friday than I am today.

    Posted June 21, 2016 at 1:28 pm | Permalink
  4. CS,

    “Interesting, though, that sense about diversity comes from a black American.”

    It’s interesting only if you are unfamiliar with Thomas Sowell’s credentials. Referring to TS as a “black American” is a red herring because his skin color is merely incidental to his worthiness. He is a scholar, a very intelligent man, a man who is not only well read but also has published well-written books. He a rational man. He is very persuasive (if you deign to listen). He is sensible, caring, good humored, and above all, a decent human being, who happens to be a black American male.

    Posted June 21, 2016 at 2:04 pm | Permalink
  5. Malcolm says

    I was thinking more of a cultural/philosophical ark, to preserve the best of what our people have created, and to carry forward an understanding of what led to the Deluge this time round. An ark with nukes suits me fine, though.

    Regarding Sowell: what Henry said.

    Posted June 21, 2016 at 2:07 pm | Permalink
  6. An ark without nukes is called a sitting duck.

    Posted June 21, 2016 at 2:37 pm | Permalink
  7. Whitewall says

    Sowell’s hometown was the same as my wife’s until he was 8 or 9. His home was a few miles down the highway from hers. Sowell is a national treasure.

    Posted June 21, 2016 at 2:41 pm | Permalink
  8. “Sowell is a national treasure.”


    Posted June 21, 2016 at 2:51 pm | Permalink
  9. Bluefin Tuna says

    “I realize that may be unduly optimistic; it’s starting to look as if no amount of knuckle-rapping is going to get what’s left of this civilization to pay attention in class.”

    I was actually a little relieved for a few hours on September 11th, 2001, because I thought Americans would finally start to recognize the obvious flaws of inviting sundry foreigners to live in the USA while simultaneously dropping bombs their home countries for no particular reason.

    Turns out I was an idiot with zero understanding of human nature.

    Posted June 21, 2016 at 5:24 pm | Permalink
  10. Malcolm says


    It isn’t you who has no understanding of human nature. It’s that our leaders choose to deny it altogether.

    Posted June 21, 2016 at 5:31 pm | Permalink
  11. Malcolm,

    “It’s that our leaders …”

    Typo — misleaders.

    Posted June 22, 2016 at 10:47 am | Permalink
  12. JK says

    It is not the subject of the post which incites me to leave this link here, rather the content of the comments;

    Posted June 22, 2016 at 11:13 am | Permalink

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