Barbarians in the City

pic_giant2_011115_SM_Paris-JihadistKevin D. Williamson over at National Review has an excellent article up on the mess in Paris. he reminds us that the terrorists are not animals, simply because they are much worse. I doubt any of us have any sympathy for these spawn of the devil but, what they did is something only humans would do, kill for an idea (however evil or misguided it might be.

Animals are animals, they do what they do. When a dog urinates on a fire plug, it doesn’t mean he disrespects the fire department, he’s simply being a dog.

Here’s a bit of it:

[…]They have no philosophy or ideology beyond that of Ted Hughes’s “Hawk, Roosting”:

I kill where I please because it is all mine.

There is no sophistry in my body:

My manners are tearing off heads —

. . . No arguments assert my right.

But still, the Parisian jihadists were described as: “murderous animals,” “Muslim terrorist animals,” “animals who want to kill,” etc. The sentiment is understandable: that these sorts represent a danger, a mindless threat that must be dealt with lethally and pitilessly.

Even a rabid dog inspires a little sympathy — who blames the dog? But killing the brothers Kouachi pitilessly is not enough. We cannot kill them, and those like them, indifferently. We kill them with purpose — with judgment. We do not kill them because they are animals; we kill them because they are human beings.


The Ron Pauls of the world and most progressives believe that if we would just mind our own business and see to our own affairs, then we could more or less horse-trade our way to a peaceful modus vivendi – the Iranians, the takfiri, the Muslim Brotherhood, the Paris-born jihadists all must want something, if only we could figure out how to satisfy them. But there is no satisfying them – not in a world where a Jew lives, a Christian walks free, or a Hindu is his own master. Not while Oprah Winfrey is still awaiting her stoning and Neil Patrick Harris his public immolation.

Being Human | National Review Online.

Needless to say, I agree with him completely, I wish we could find that word as well.

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11 Responses to Barbarians in the City

  1. Spawn of the devil worked for me. 🙂


    • NEO says:

      I thought most of us would like it. 🙂

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      • Actually I like the alliteration of Spawn of Satan a tiny bit better. 🙂


        • NEO says:

          You’ve a point, I like alliteration myself. Oh well 🙂

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        • Yes, it sort of rolls off the tongue easily and sounds a bit poetic. 🙂

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  2. the unit says:

    I in agreement with these comments above. Barbarians in the City. At least Obama, the guy who was in Viet Nam, and Hillary weren’t there. Holder was in town but didn’t go to join in world displeasure, and really didn’t show his face.

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    • NEO says:

      That’s my read, as well. Obama has abdicated leadership of the free world, trouble is, there’s no successor.


      • the unit says:

        They all had burnt tail feathers seeing the solidarity against what they stand for, couldn’t show their faces. I looked up burnt tail feathers definition and found this. “Pulpit Commentary -Verse 16. – With his feathers, rather the contents of the crop. This and the ashes are to be placed beside the altar on the east part, as being furthest from the tabernacle and nearest to the entrance of the court, so that they might be readily removed.”
        I’m no expert of this Leviticus 1:16 discussion… but dreaming…O’s crop being followers, all to be ashes, and so that they might be readily removed. Sounds good to me. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          Hah! Me too! 🙂

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