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Behead First, Ask Questions Later

The behavior of boys terrified because they know they are not men.

by
Robert Spencer

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November 18, 2013 - 3:30 pm
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“Shoot first, ask questions later” in the old Westerns referred to a hothead who assumed that everyone he encountered was an enemy, and was ever-ready to strike out against those enemies, even before he had adequate information. The phrase has passed into the national argot as an appellation for someone who is touchy, angry, insecure, paranoid, and reckless – but in light of some of its most recent manifestations, it should now be revised to “behead first, ask questions later.”

The first came last Thursday, when jihadists from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria announced that a recent beheading they had triumphantly filmed and posted online was, well, a mistake. They had claimed that the head, which the killers had exultantly brandished before the camera and the cheering crowd, belonged to a member of a Shi’ite group fighting to defend the Assad regime, but someone who saw the video recognized it as having once rested on the shoulders of Mohammed Fares, a fellow Sunni jihadist and ally of those who murdered him.

The second came from India on Friday, when a man was acquitted of blasphemy charges that had been originally brought against him in 2010. T.J. Joseph, a teacher and a Christian, was accused of including questions that insulted Muhammad on an exam that he gave to his students at Newman College. Members of an Islamic supremacist group, the Popular Front of India, got wind of Joseph’s exam and made the blasphemy accusation, whereupon Joseph was inundated with threats. Finally, a Muslim mob attacked Joseph and cut off his right hand and part of his arm. Newman College, seeing the way the wind was blowing, followed in the footsteps of centuries of cowardly academics and fired Joseph, canceling his pension.

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" His immature abuse and inability to deal rationally with criticism betray a desire to paper over with braggadocio and swagger the knowledge that he is not a man, but a boy "

When I saw this sentence, I couldn't help but think of Obama's numerous infantile "flipping the bird" gestures against those whom he was fearful of confronting seriously and directly.
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Indeed. The Old West's gunslingers usually killed first because a wrong had been done directly to them.

On another note, if Allah needs earthly Islamists to kill those who insult him, he can't be all that powerful, can he? Not to mention insecure.
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"It is not the strong, but the weak, who can brook no criticism or contradiction, and must stamp it out by force. It is not masculinity, but the counterfeit thereof."

This cannot be too often repeated.
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"Behead First, Ask Questions Later"
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You say that as if it were a bad thing!!!
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Need to spread lies to the opposition on who is working for us as sleeper agents...
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This "counterfeit masculinity" is becoming more visible in the U.S....It's called Knockout.
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" His immature abuse and inability to deal rationally with criticism betray a desire to paper over with braggadocio and swagger the knowledge that he is not a man, but a boy "

When I saw this sentence, I couldn't help but think of Obama's numerous infantile "flipping the bird" gestures against those whom he was fearful of confronting seriously and directly.
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I take your point that Jihadists are troubled, masculinity doubting killers who can’t kill people fast enough for a religion already drowning in a sea of blood. But comparing the Old West’s gunslinging killers to Jihadists is an incredible insult and you owe the Old West’s gunslinging killers an apology.
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Indeed. The Old West's gunslingers usually killed first because a wrong had been done directly to them.

On another note, if Allah needs earthly Islamists to kill those who insult him, he can't be all that powerful, can he? Not to mention insecure.
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In the immortal words of Miss Emily Lattella (from back when Saturdat Night Live was actually funny) 'Never mind'!
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Oh, those silly Presbyterians.
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But most of the time they behead and chop the limbs off the right guy. Hey, anybody can make a mistake right?
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That area of India on the SW coast has the highest concentration of Muslims of any place inside India proper, meaning not on disputed or semi-disputed borders.

Syria has one of the highest concentrations of morons in the world.
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Second only to Washington DC.
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