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The Memory of Beslan, the Shame of Boston

April 23rd, 2013 - 8:23 pm

Wendy Kaminer, writing in The Atlantic, finally twigged to the shame of Boston:

Some of the stories we tell about ourselves in the aftermath of terror are true. Many people react reflexively with bravery and compassion, rushing toward an attack to aid its victims. Many open their homes to strangers. 

Some of the stories we tell are naive: “This is a progressive town, the People’s Republic,” a Cambridge high school teacher remarked. “How could this be in our midst?” he wondered, as if diversity were a cure for all evil. 

Some of the stories we tell are bravado. When people praise Boston’s proverbial toughness, I shrug. Boston is home to over 600,000 individuals; some are resilient and others are not. Bravado has its virtues though, in times of grief and terror. It’s self-medicating. Maybe acting tough can help you feel tough. Maybe you can approximate the person you wish yourself to be.

But not all our bravado is helpful or harmless. Some of the stories we tell about the nation are delusions that cloak weaknesses and wrongs, which fester unacknowledged…

Those on the left won’t like this. But those on the reflexive right won’t want to acknowledge this bit, either:

We’ve been surrendering liberty in the hope of keeping ourselves safe for the past decade. The marathon bombings will hasten our surrender of freedom from the watchful eye of law enforcement. The Boston Globe is already clamoring for additional surveillance cameras, which are sure to be installed to the applause of a great many Bostonians. You can rationalize increased surveillance as a necessary or reasonable intrusion on liberty, but you can’t deny its intrusiveness, or inevitable abuses.

But that’s what happens when, in the wake of Sept. 11, the country hands its fate over to a massive, bureaucratic surveillance state (and one that’s not terribly good at it, either) — a land of CCTV cameras and stop-and-frisk and the NSA’s Black Widow and God alone knows what else. That’s what happens when a majority of the sitting U.S. senators vote to infringe on our Second Amendment rights, notwithstanding the constitutional proscription against it. That’s what happens when weepy public officials stand on the bodies of the murdered children of Newtown and call for punishing the very people who not only didn’t do it, but might have helped stop it.

A gun-free zone — except for Adam Lanza

Had enough yet? Enough of whingeing and whining and cowering and appeasing? Enough of Blaming America First? Enough of wondering Why They Hate Us?

It used be said that it was better to die on your feet than live on your knees. The atheist Left has turned that formula upside down, preferring to submit than fight. How they must loathe themselves. Too bad they’re trying to take the rest of us with them.

So congratulations, Boston. In a state with some of the “toughest” gun laws in the country  – and by “toughest” I mean unconstitutionally restrictive — a legislature completely controlled by Democrats and a congressional delegation that includes a grand total of zero Republicans, it was somehow not surprising that the Chechens chose one of the few places in the United States where a) the people could not and would not fight back and b) the media would find them sympathetic. Heck, even the UN agrees with me… sort of.

I’ve long said that the relationship between the American Left and Islam is that of masochist and sadist; the perfect Suicide Cult meets the Death Cult of its dreams. No wonder they got along so well together, right up to the moment when they didn’t.

UPDATE: If you’re interested in how we might react to a Beslan-style attack on one of our own schools, and how it might be taken down, that’s the subject of my first “Devlin” novel, Hostile Intent.

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This awful thing happens and after a week or so the only question on Nanny Bloomberg's (et al.) mind is...

How many liberties are the American people willing to give up to stop this happening again ?

Not horror at the inter-agency bureaucratic handling of the older brother, not disgust at a president and his underlings who've stood on their heads for close to 5 years attempting to spin the fact of Islamic Terrorism into non-existence, but ( per the Nanny) a call to "re-interpret" the United States Constitution.

This is a nation whose president repeated and repeated a baldfaced lie about the Benghazi travesty for something like 6 solid weeks.

And re-elected him anyway.
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It is not the armed intruder that would attempt to invade my home that I fear. It is the army of lawyers that would pile in behind him if I shot the bastard that gives me real cause for fear.
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It is ironic that Boston, the birthplace of the American Revolution, is so cowed. At dawn on April 19th, 17775, 700 British soldiers entered the village of Lexington bent on confiscating privately owned firearms. The men of Lexington did not shelter in place. They armed themselves and formed a skirmish line on the Green; vastly outnumbered and out gunned, dozens of them bought our liberty with their lives. Has America forgotten why we have a second amendment?
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I didn't know any one was watching!
51 weeks ago
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"Had enough yet? Enough of whingeing and whining and cowering and appeasing? Enough of Blaming America First? Enough of wondering Why They Hate Us"?
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Yes to all of the above. Western men in general have become emasculated.

However I think you've been too hard on Boston. I don't think Bostonians should be ashamed. No one knew if these jihadists had more bombs or what further mayhem they were going to cause. If people were out and about and had been killed then I'm sure the police would have been criticized for that.
51 weeks ago
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When we talk about "gun free school zones", perhaps the signs should use a target as the background so the truth is shown. The world consists of predators and prey. A sign announcing "no guns here" is an invitation to a "predator" that the "prey" is defenseless and can be killed or harmed any way the predator wishes.
51 weeks ago
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This is a very disturbing precedent having a city (voluntarily?) shut down and mobbed with law enforcement. I think it was somewhat justified in this particular incident—no one knew what other bombs or tumult were planned or if others were involved. The big problem is if these tactics are ever used against legitimate political protest, against citizens accused of crime who are mortally mobbed by law enforcement rather than given a chance at due process, against anyone the governors, mayors or other "rulers" have grievance with.
51 weeks ago
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Did I see hundreds of uniformed men wandering around the area in Boston where the bombs went off? What were in all those backpacks they were carrying?
Did two young men sneak between all these official types and plant their bombs without being noticed? Two young men against thousands of trained US forces? Are we proud? Or ashamed. And are we to understand that these two supposed bombers were getting taxpayers' support? Food stamps? Tuition grants? My God, how we've fallen from proud to disgustingly shameless.
51 weeks ago
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I lived in South Carolina for 10 years. Last Friday, when we learned of the brothers on the run in Boston, I told my wife that if this was happening in SC that hundreds or thousands of "good old boys" with guns, etc. would be descending on the area to kill the terrorists. I am not joking when I say that you could not have held the population back in South Carolina if terrorists: A) attacked a major city, B) were known to be on the loose in a certain location. It would be obvious to everyone that you should jump in your truck, take your gun, and kill the bastards that threatened your home. Things would have unfolded very differently than they did in Mass.
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Massachusetts suffers from gun control, which in turn produces "overcivilization" or inability to resist evil or defend one's self from it. As we know the older brother did have a gun, but the question is "where did he get it"?
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South Carolina
> Violent crimes (excl. murder) per 100,000: 591.6 (5th most)
> Murders per 100,000: 6.1 (7th most)
> Incarceration rate per 100,000: 495 (11th most)
> Police per 100,000: 332.4 (24th most)
> Basic access: 80.4 (15th lowest)
> Total cost of violence: $8.36 billion

http://247wallst.com/2012/04/26/americas-most-and-least-peaceful-states/4/

All them guns everybody has doesn't seem to have a positive affect on the violent and homicide crime rates. Take a good look at the top ten least peaceful states on the above link and see who they are. On the other hand I regularly drive the streets of O'Burg, Columbia, Spartenburg, etc., and have never felt the need to arm up.
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Look into the percentage of the population that is Black in South Carolina.

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And your point would be what? Did you take a look at the other ten states 'least peaceful' states listed in the link? They're all your religious, social and political 'soulmate' states. You know, the conservative states you speak on behalf of in your commenting -- the good people, the moral people, the Christian people, from the good states
51 weeks ago
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I looked at the stats you referenced, but the 'other' statistics not quantified matter for causational effect: high school graduation rate, teen pregnancy, overall poverty index.
I assume your dig is on TX, but TX is almost an outlier. What puts them up at #7 is their high poverty rate and lowest high school graduation rate in county. is that a consequence of the uncontrollable wave of illegal immigrants flooding across the border? Probably, but just pointing to statistics to make political points (you do that often) doesn't make the case since there are way too many other factors that skew this "peace index".
51 weeks ago
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Hahaha. So Illinois, the gun-free state, has no gun crime to speak of. Who writes your jokes, Bill Maher?
51 weeks ago
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I'm now starting to feel sorry for you. Your radicalism has you so far removed from reality you can't even read something and comprehend it unless it has your normal hand-fed verbage in it.
51 weeks ago
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Geert Wilder's said it most succinctly.

More Islam = Less Freedom

It really is as simple as that.
51 weeks ago
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WHERE WERE THE BLOODHOUNDS?

The police had Tsarnaev's blood. They had unexploded IEDs tossed at them. They had the car(s) the Boston jihadis were in.
Bottom line: this 'manhunt' should've been concluded a lot faster. Also, why weren't helicopters equipped with heat-sensing devices, which were used to 'see' the bomber in the boat, not used the night before?

I believe the glorification of the "manhunt" -- the shutdown of an entire major city -- will only encourage other jihadis, now on the fence, to want to become the center of attention through their own terrorist acts.
51 weeks ago
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Geesh! All one had to do was follow the news during the action to know why the aircraft had been grounded during the time you question.

Hopefully should there be another event of this gravity or worse, law enforcement will remain in station and tell the citizens to go do the work themselves since they're so much better trained and equipped. Or call all the experts from PJM who no doubt could have had that little situation all wrapped up in an hour or two.
51 weeks ago
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Islamization will continue until morale improves.
51 weeks ago
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There's a reason they didn't try this in Texas... Even Governor Goodhair packs heat.
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Texas -- 2012 per capita rankings by state -- 10 Least peaceful states.
> Violent crimes (excl. murder) per 100,000: 445.3 (15th most)
> Murders per 100,000: 5.0 (18th most)
> Incarceration rate per 100,000: 648 (4th most)
> Police per 100,000: 359.5 (14th most)
> Basic access: 79.2 (6th lowest)
> Total cost of violence: $42.75 billion

http://247wallst.com/2012/04/26/americas-most-and-least-peaceful-states/4/

As a side note maybe take a good look at red vs. blue states

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If you extract from that data the crimes committed in the Oak Cliff and Pleasant Grove neighborhoods in Dallas and the similar neighborhoods in Houston, you'll find there is not much major crime in the other 99.999% of Texas. If you also exclude drug-related crime, hardly anything is left. Since most Texans live outside inner-city Dallas and Houston and avoid being around illegal drugs or those who use them, most Texans never see violent crime.
51 weeks ago
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If a frog didn't hop, it wouldn't bump its butt. If Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth belonged to Guam, Texas wouldn't have any crime to speak of. I know Texas from west to east and north to south pretty durn good. We've had cow-calf and feedlot operations there since the mid 60s. Nearly every community has its share of drugs these days. There is crime in every community. There is data that breaks down by county that you should take a look at sometime. Texas is no different than any other state when it comes to crime.

By the way, do you know what a UT graduate says to an OU graduate when he see's one? Welcome to McDonalds, may I take your order?
51 weeks ago
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Hahaha. Here's news from your favorite blog, besides Kos of course, about how one great Demunist city has solved the gun violence problem:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/14/chicago-weekend-shootings_n_3081840.html

Just another peaceful weekend in gun-free Windy City.
51 weeks ago
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Are you totally incapable of contributing any of real substance to any discussion? You're starting to present yourself as a radicalized robot.
51 weeks ago
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Yeah....like, maybe, the Blue state of Michigan....esp. where it's the most Blue....say Detroit? Or, is there even anyone living there anymore?
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