Random Thoughts and Reflections on Boston
First off the top of my head and apparently the same thought occurred to Amy Lutz writing on The College Conservative
When did we stop acknowledging evil and try to justify or explain it instead?
I find myself asking this question as the media scrapes the bottom of the barrel of classmates who knew alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhr Tsarnaev. He was a “quiet, sweet boy.” He was “an angel.” He was a lifeguard, a student, a normal kid. Well I don’t know about you, but “normal” teenagers don’t detonate bombs feet away from an 8-year-old child.
Chechen President, Ramzan Kadyrov, suggested that the Tsarnaev brothers learned their evil ways, claiming, “It is necessary to seek the roots of evil in America.” Others have suggested that he is the product of a bad upbringing. However, no matter what the explanation of the moment may be, the words “terrorist” and “evil” have become far from politically correct.
This shouldn’t surprise anyone, to be completely honest. We simply don’t label evil anymore. James Holmes? Well he was inspired by the violence media. Oh and he had a gun, which obviously turn normal Americans into vicious killers. Or something. Adam Lanza was also armed and had been on some sort of medication. According to the left, Jared Loughner was incited by the “violent rhetoric” spun by the Tea Party (give me a break). Kermit Gosnell is merely a product of an unregulated abortion system. No matter what the blameworthy person or cause of the day, our culture always finds a way to point the finger away from the person who pulled the trigger (or planted the bomb, etc.).
Continue reading Why Don’t We Talk About Evil Anymore. Do go read it, I’ll wait for you.
I’ve a couple of thoughts here:
- Why don’t we? Is it because we no longer believe in evil, or is it that we no longer believe in personal responsibility, or some other reason, or some combination? Evil exists, and we are not going to defeat it if we don’t acknowledge it. Deal with it.
- Terrorism, for any purpose is evil, it was even evil when it we used against the British and Loyalists in the Revolution. It might have been necessary but, it was still evil. Violence must be targeted against those who are fighting against a good cause, not indiscriminately. Collateral damage happens and probably can’t be helped but must be minimized.
- And, what some might consider a minor point but I don’t, if people like Amy are what is coming out of our Universities, we have something worth fighting for.
Law enforcement did not turn in an impressive performance here, in my opinion. Given all the video available it took an unconscionable time to identify the people, was there trouble with pre-conceived notions or lost time or just what was that problem, It really shouldn’t take three days to find a workable picture, in that time they could have gone around the world a couple of times before going to ground. We got lucky.
Judging by Thursday night, I think law enforcement needs those millions of rounds to expend on the range. If I read correctly, they expended 200+ rounds of ammunition to kill one and wound the other perpetrator, I don’t know how serious his wound(s) are, but he hadn’t bled out in 18 hours, so they would appear to be non-life threatening, particularly since he escaped clean.
A citizen got very lucky and found his hiding place (without getting killed for his trouble) which is all well and good but, it was outside the police perimeter although they had blood inside, which doesn’t say good things about their ability to track people does it?
I don’t want to hit these things too hard, I wasn’t there, and I don’t know that I could have done better but I wasn’t especially impressed, so maybe they ought to buy fewer toys and train their people better.
And the big one, since when do we shut down a major metropolitan are to find a couple of felons? Particularly when we’ve already killed one of them in a suburb and the other one is on foot. maybe there’s a reason but to me it looks like panic and wanting to overcontrol the population. But, maybe they’re right, the population certainly acted like obedient sheep, I didn’t see a single armed citizen all week, which I can’t imagine happening out here. Quite a change from 1775 though. Looked awfully close to martial law though, especially with troops in the streets
Still they got the job done and I do congratulate them but, I do think their might be room for improvement.
And, you know, the left was right. They were both religious and white. Oh, you mean they weren’t thinking of Moslem Chechens? Ah well, can’t win them all, especially when you don’t wait for the facts.
- Chechen Muslim president backs honor killings (atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com)
- Learning to Hate Evil (shawnethomas.com)