When it happened yesterday, we all thought the same thing. Many of us could not (or would not) speak it. Some could not even admit it to themselves that they thought it.
Hello, world, his name is
Today, in the aftermath, the news media is avoiding saying it with affected contortions of logic, pompous intentional ignorance of recent history and a bland stupidity that make “Sir Arthur” in this classic Beyond the Fringe sketch look like a forensic genius.
(There is a better, full motion version of this at YouTube that does not allow embedding)
How stupid do the media and our leaders think we are? If you are not simultaneously laughing at them and choking in outrage, you are pretty damned stupid…
Well, here, compare and contrast:
Today’s Boston Globe Headlines about the Fort Hood Sudden Jihad (FHSJ)
“Soldier kills 12, hurts 31 in Fort Hood rampage -
Military psychiatrist facing deployment abroad is accused”
Sir Arthur about the Great Train Robbery
“We believe this to be the work of thieves”
Barak Hussein Obama’s take on FHSJ,
“A horrific outbreak of violence"
“There is the telltale disappearance of property, the snatching away of money substances. It all points to thieves.”
And why don’t they talk about Jihad and Islam and the fact that we all had, whether we admit it or not, the same thought when we heard about Fort Hood? Well no one talks about what they will not talk about but sir Arthur is not so constrained, when asked what a mindermast is, he admits,
"We don’t like to use the word Mastermind- it depresses the men."
We don’t want to think about the fact that the billions of Muslims all over the world belong to a religion and a culture that harbors and in many cases nurtures the seeds of blind hatred and coldblooded murder. We can't contemplate the implications of a guy that is described by his cousin as "a good American", a mental health professional, a physician who has taken the Hippocratic Oath could end up shouting Allah Akbar with guns blazing at unarmed by-standers. It might dishearten us. Think then, of Israel, who only wants to live in peace and is faced on all sides with the Muslim world that only wants to annihilate her.
Sir Arthur has one last caution for us, when asked by his interviewer
"Who do you think is behind the criminals?"
"We are - considerably."
At least he knows he is losing and perhaps doomed by his ignorance. If we do not wake up and stop pretending that we are not facing a threat that we refuse to understand, we will be just as lost and possibly even more doomed.