The Embattled Farmer

The Embattled Farmer

Well, we’re going to let the real world in here, for a bit. I seem to think I should mention a bit about the terrorist attack in Brussels.

It’s a terrible tragedy, and the victims and their families have my sympathy. But no one should really be surprised.

Weakness always invites attack. That’s one of the things Jessica was talking about yesterday as she spoke of The Man who shot Liberty VallanceBecause Ransome Stoddard looked weak to Liberty Valance, and indeed in a physical sense he was, but moral courage sometimes needs to be protected by rough men like Tom Doniphan.

And so it is today in Europe, as western civilization crumbles back into chaos. Europe has a dearth of rough men willing to challenge Islamic terrorism. Maybe the continent is simply worn out from the wars of the twentieth century, but that’s how history works.

Today, I hear some crying that we should simply nuke them. Well, one doesn’t fight evil by becoming evil. I think we really are degrading them, we could likely work harder at it, but we are having an effect. One does not if he is a real man, indiscriminately kill whole populations, at least if he has other options. We do.

The weapon that symbolizes America is the rifle, not the IED. Why, because a rifle defends against evil, only going after the evil, not all. And that ethos is exactly why we have developed missiles that can be used almost like a sniper rifle. It’s an extension of the old American canard, “One man, one bullet. Yes as Jess said earlier, men, all men, do bad things in war, that is the way it is. But civilized men do not do evil things by plan. Civilized people do not murder. That’s why the cold war, for all the tensions, never went hot.

But, understand this, this is not a political ploy, although many will fit into their reference as His Grace outlines below. It will be settled only one way, with cold steel, and hot lead. If Europe can not deal with that; Europe will die. And if America has learned anything in the last 20 years, it is that we cannot make men free, that is their right, and their duty, and they shirk it at their peril.

Here’s a bit from Archbishop Cranmer.

To every thing there is a season..
..a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak..

(Ecclesiastes 3:1,4,7)

Horror, disgust and incredulity come first, usually followed by tears, heartbreak and compassion. And sometimes there’s a prayer, even from the non-believer.

Each of us processes dismay and deals with grief differently. For some, they are dissected, scrutinised and embalmed within minutes; for others, they gnaw at the soul for weeks and months, and the consecrated mourning becomes a shrine in the temple of sacred memory. Anyone who profanes the holiness, let him (or her) be anathema.

Telegraph journalist Allison Pearson tweeted this swift response to the terrorist atrocities in Brussels:

Allison Pearson

“What a horror you are,” responded the SNP’s Alyn Smith MEP in equal haste. “Dust not even settled and you try to make a political point? For shame.”

Perhaps Ms Pearson had processed her dismay and grief a little quicker than Mr Smith managed to, but either way, it seemed insensitive and indecent, to say the least, to score points off Islamist bombs in Brussels for the Leave/Brexit cause. And yet..

via Archbishop Cranmer.

A wise dead white man once said:

Si vis pacem, para bellum

That man was Vegetius, and his people, the Romans didn’t listen.

It translates as,”if you want peace, prepare for war.” True then, true now, will be true until the second coming.


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  1. the unit says:

    Well I would like not to have to glaze the sands. I guess we’ll try Obama’s new plan…”President Obama has a new way to defeat the Islamic State: by telling the terror organization they are weak.”
    That must be a paraphrase of one of Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals.

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    • NEO says:

      Must be, but it sounds sort of silly to me. They are, really, and that’s why they’re terrorists and not soldiers.

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  2. I prefer an old Marine term: Kill them all (terrorists here) and let God sort them out! They hate and want to kill us, so we simply must eliminate them! With cool, cold resolve! The law of the jungle as they say!

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    • And perhaps we can understand why GOD told King David to kill all of the enemies of Israel!

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    • NEO says:

      yep, I remember the term. But it actually comes from the Bishop of Mezieres (well, close, from memory) in the Albigensian Crusade back in the 14 th century.

      Terrorists, yes, I agree, but there’s no particular point in killing everybody, let ’em mourn their dead as they reflect on how they got that way.


      • Well, it’s a point of war and battle, we fight to win and defeat our enemies to the utmost! And Radical Islam is surely a Western enemy!

        *Btw, killing even in war changes a man, or it should. It was not my favorite thing, but sometimes a must!

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  3. the unit says:

    Yep…”reflect on how they got that way.” (NEO)
    “Marie Harf said, the administration should ‘go after the root causes that leads people to join these groups’ – including ‘lack of opportunity for jobs.’ ” (Daily Mail)

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    • NEO says:

      LOL, indeed. Some people should learn a few things!

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  4. When ‘Christ Jesus’ comes back to Jerusalem and the Mount of Olivet, He destroys all of the enemies of Israel, as He literally rends the mount in two (Zech. 14:3-4 ; 12). And only then can the “living waters” flow!

    “And HE was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and HIS name is called The Word of God.” (Rev. 19: 13)

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