The Memory of Beslan, the Shame of Boston

Hide -- there's an armed teenager on the loose

Enough with all the chest-thumping, mingled with manly tears, about the dramatic end of the Marathon bombers' reign of terror in Boston last week. From the press coverage, you'd think the entire city (which is actually rather small) rose up as one and smote two evil Chechens a stunning blow for truth, justice, liberty and the American Way. Nothing could be further from the truth.

What we saw instead was a city cowering in fear, led by two particularly pusillanimous toads in Gov. Deval Patrick and Mayor Mumbles Menino, who had the services of some 10,000 armed personnel -- literally, a small army -- to take down... wait for it... a wounded teenager with a gun, and maybe some self-detonating explosives.

Way to go, Boston. You've made all of us proud to be Americans.

Now, of course, the liberal East Coast media is getting all mushy about the Brothers Tsarnaev. I'm not even going to bother to cite some of the more egregious examples from the New York Times and elsewhere, part of the MSM's ongoing bout of Stockholm Syndrome when it comes to dealing with Islam and its discontents. John Hinderaker of Power Line has a nice roundup of the usual-suspect idiocy.

But don't you wish, just once, an American public official would react like a man? A man, say, like this guy, who said this about the Chechens after they attacked a school back in 2004. WARNING: offensive, ethnically biased stereotyping ahead:

"You find it possible to set some limitations in your dealings with these bastards, so why should we talk to people who are child killers? 

"No one has a moral right to tell us to talk to child killers," he added.

"Correct me if I'm wrong, but Margaret Thatcher, whom I've met more than once said: 'A man who comes out into the street to kill other people must himself be killed'."

Now, that's some real straight talk about murdering, child-killing bastards. In case you've forgotten Beslan, here's a brief taste of the hell the Muslim Chechens visited upon little kids on the first day of school:

Note that, when the Russian military finally stormed the school, they were accompanied by armed residents of the village, desperate to save their children. In typical ham-handed Russian fashion, the former Soviets managed to kill almost as many people as they saved -- but the point is they fought back. They didn't "shelter in place" (what an odious, bloodless phrase for enforced institutional cowardice), hiding behind locked doors; they got up, got their guns, and finally did something to rid themselves of the aliens in their midst. For they knew -- with the example of the Moscow theater crisis fresh in everybody's minds -- that there was no way this atrocity could end any way but bloodily. They wanted to get their licks in, and die like men instead of dumb beasts waiting for the slaughter.