This morning, I woke up to a few unfortunate and shocking headlines at various points of interest throughout my normal Internet rounds, among which was news that the Taliban has beheaded the innocent Polish engineer kidnapped while surveying oil and gas fields in Pakistan and held hostage since.
My wife is Polish, and in the limited time I’ve spent in Poland since marrying her, my heart has been warmed by the generosity and kindness of that nation’s wonderful people. They seem to show a genuine sense of class which, at times, seems manufactured in other European countries. Knowing the nature of the Polish people, knowing how tight-knit they are in terms of faith and family, I shudder at how such news is being received within Piotr Stanczak’s hometown.
Unfortunately, given the nature of those who commit such acts of terror in the name of Allah, I was shocked but hardly surprised at today’s turn of events. Equally shocking, but only a little bit surprising, were a few of the comments which accompanied a Daily Mail piece on the beheading. Two examples:
Eric, from Florida (USA): “President Obama is blasting innocents over there with Predator drones — what do you expect? That they love us?”
Jayil, from London: “But a ‘lazer [sic] guided’ missile which blows up a house of women & kids is ok?”
While such people were certainly in the minority on that particular Web site, I’m afraid they’re not such a minority out and about on the streets of parts of the United States and Europe. People don’t get it. They don’t realize that terrorism has caused military action, and not vice versa. They don’t remember that, long before the United States and Britain were in the hills and mountains and dunes of Afghanistan and Iraq, radical Islamic terrorists were targeting western civilization.
They forget about Munich in 1972. They forget about embassy bombings, about the U.S.S. Cole, about the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center, and more. Instead, we’re the enemy, not the people who want nothing more than to saw heads off of you, me, our families, our friends, and nearly everyone else we encounter on an everyday basis.
The same people who stop at nothing to protect the rights of those who wake up each and every day dreaming of our destruction, the same people who give money and dedicate albums and speak out and protest and argue and meditate and do everything in their power to offer unending and unrequited support — these are the same people who will be lined up and shot, or beheaded, first.
We see examples of this in the recidivism rates among freed detainees from Guantanamo Bay and beyond. We see examples of this in the rhetoric spewed from the mouths of people like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Osama Bin Laden. We see it in the smiling face of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, no doubt thrilled that he, too, will be moved from Gitmo to my backyard or yours.
When will we identify evil for what it is? What will it take for us to wake up? A vaporized city? Anthrax-tainted baby formula? What will be enough to pound reality and common sense into these politically correct empty vessels on the left? You’d think we would have seen it on September 11, 2001, but judging from what we see on left-leaning Web sites, on MSNBC and even in Congress and the White House, we have a whole lot more to learn.