It was only a few months ago that celebrities and politicians took to Twitter to take on radical Islamic nutcases with the power of the hashtag. Inundated with millions upon millions of “#BringBackOurGirls” images, Nigerian terrorists sold their victims into slavery and married them off to terrorists and terrorist-sympathizers.
The Associated Press reported Saturday:
With a malevolent laugh, the leader of Nigeria’s Islamic extremists tells the world that more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls have all been converted to Islam and married off, dashing hopes for their freedom.
“If you knew the state your daughters are in today, it might lead some of you … to die from grief,” Abubakar Shekau sneers, addressing the parents of the girls and young women kidnapped from a remote boarding school more than six months ago.
In a new video released late Friday night, the Boko Haram leader also denies there is a cease-fire with the Nigerian government and threatens to kill an unidentified German hostage.
Good guys with guns stop bad guys with guns. Do not bring hashtags to a gunfight. It’s really that simple, and yet every generation has its fair share of individuals engaging in self-congratulatory theater with themselves in the role of the enlightened diplomat.
The way that you defeat an enemy is to first be able to accurately define him for those tasked with bringing about his unconditional surrender. Unfortunately, we live in a world where men like Ben Affleck start crying if you call an Islamic terrorist group Islamic, and presidents like Mr. Obama can say that the Islamic State group is not Islamic.
Whatever happened to Darfur? Why does The Kony 2012 YouTube video have over 99 million views, but those who liked the video are now, ironically, out of sight like “invisible children”? It’s because the modern left loves to let the world know that it cares about murder and genocide and oppressed peoples around the globe, but it doesn’t particularly like the hard work necessary to dispose of dictators and despots and entrenched warlords.
Do you want to send a couple thousand U.S. soldiers to west Africa to build hospitals for Ebola patients? “We can do that. We’ll call it Operation United Assistance!”
Do you want to deploy U.S. soldiers to take on the Islamic terrorist group that has beheaded and murdered its way to its own mini-caliphate over large swathes of Iraq and Syria? “Never! What are you, a war monger?”
Conservatives are often mocked for their affinity for “dead white men,” but there are a lot of dead white men who were pretty smart. Thomas Paine was one of them. He observed: “Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated.”
It’s not quite as eloquent, but Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance fame also put it well when he said, “Everybody wants to change the world, but no one, no one wants to die…”
We constantly strive to create heaven on earth, no matter how many times our own human nature proves that it is impossible to attain. There are tinctures of heaven that we can can hold for brief moments in time — freedom and liberty — but those come at a steep price. Good men have to be ready and willing to die for them. Unfortunately, Americans today are so spoiled by the standard of living that modern technology affords them that they take those things for granted. They treat everything like it’s a punchline and laugh at those who cherish the principles that are essential to sustaining a healthy civil society.
Americans in 2014 say they love freedom, but that’s only true if they can secure it with a hashtag or a “like” as they wait for their order at Starbucks. Men like Abubakar Shekau understand that reality all too well, which is why hundreds of girls in Nigeria are now sex slaves to Islamic terrorists.