The Memory of Beslan, the Shame of Boston
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.
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.