You may have heard in this; in the former Great Britain, there has been a contest to name the latest addition to Her Majesty’s fleet. In a land that once gave us the HMS Indomitable, HMS Indefatigable, and HMS Dreadnought, the leading contender for the name of this ship is HMS Boaty McBoatface. A neat summary of Brittania’s decline from a global power to a trivia question. Running an empire is hard work; living in a fantasy children’s book is easy.
The West similarly takes a children’s book approach to acts of mass violence and terror committed in the name of the Prophet Mohammed. AOSHQ has been on something of a tear on this subject, noting that rather than strength and resolve, the response of the West to terror attacks is to draw sad-faced cartoon characters and trend dippy hashtags. (#BringBackOurBrussels) To an enemy that relishes our tears, this show of weakness is just extra credit to a successful attack.
Make-believe is how children respond to things they can’t deal with; like when they can’t deal with seeing the words “Trump 2016” scrawled in chalk on the sidewalk at a university. It’s not the way adults ought to respond to terror attacks. An adult response would be to honestly and without prejudice assess the causes of the attack and determine a means to halt further attacks; even if it meant hurting the feelings of people who share a common religious belief with those who carried out the attack and even… yes… even if it involved the brutal and punitive application of military force against those who ordered, supported, or logistically facilitated the attacks. Instead, our delusional leadership thinks providing billions of dollars to the leading promoters of Islamist terror in the world is a good move, and then goes to watch a baseball gang with other sponsors of terror.
Maudlin cartoons and hashtags gets you nowhere. There is an appropriate time to indulge in whimsy; but it is a poor response to murderous barbarians.