As Mark goes on to observe,
The photographs at the Arab TV network al-Mayadeen show Chris Stevens’s body being dragged through the streets, while the locals take souvenir photographs on their cell phones. A man in a red striped shirt photographs the dead-eyed ambassador from above; another immediately behind his head moves the splayed arm and holds his cell-phone camera an inch from the ambassador’s nose. Some years ago, I had occasion to assist in moving the body of a dead man: We did not stop to take photographs en route. Even allowing for cultural differences, this looks less like “carrying Chris’s body to the hospital” and more like barbarians gleefully feasting on the spoils of savagery.
“Gleefully feasting on the spoils of savagery.” That sums up the foreign fruits of Barack Obama’s accommodationist policy toward Islam. At home, meanwhile, we have the spectacle of a midnight raid by brownshirted enforcers to arrest the man whose crime was making a video that El Presidente didn’t like:
We also have the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff calling Rev. Terry Jones, a private citizen, to cajole him into withdrawing his support for the video.
The former outrage is beginning to attract some of the outrage and disgust it deserves. The action of General Martin Dempsey, however, has yet to receive the public outcry it deserves. I remember once when I was flown out for an overnight visit to an aircraft carrier I was surprised that everyone, even high-ranking officers, addressed me deferentially as “Sir.” I asked the lieutenant commander who was shepherding me around about it. “All civilians outrank us,” he explained. “We work for you.” Somehow, I don’t think General Dempsey sees it that way. Which is another reason he should resign.