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American college students spent the last week demanding “safe spaces” on campuses because people can be jerks — and then the Paris terror attacks exposed them all as a bunch of pathetic babies.

A university president resigned on Monday because a bunch of sheltered kids didn’t realize human beings were capable of doing something as bizarre as scrawling “poo-swastikas” on bathroom walls — and then a group of terrorists slaughtered over 100 innocent people across Paris.

Reuters reported Friday:

For the second time in less than a year, France and the world are asking how carnage could strike at the heart of this much-loved city, including at a concert hall barely a few hundred steps from January’s deadly attack on the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo.

“As we went to our car we saw dozens of people running out of the Bataclan,” local resident Caterina Giardino, an Italian national, said of the 19th century theatre-turned-music venue where gunman clad in black systematically killed nearly 100.

“Many of them were covered with blood, people were screaming,” she added, sitting on a bench with a friend as she recalled how one young man emerged from the concert hall with the bloody imprint of a hand on his shirt.

The exact sequence of gun and bomb assaults on the concert hall, a sports stadium and restaurants in the French capital that left at least 120 dead is still unclear. …

For his government, as for the French, the coming days are likely to raise as many questions as answers.

To add insult to injury, ABC News aired Millennials’ favorite politician, President Barack Obama, hours earlier saying ISIL was “contained.” (The segment was taped on Thursday.)

“I don’t think they’re gaining strength. What is true is that from the start, our goal has been first to contain and we have contained them. They have not gained ground in Iraq, and in Syria they’ll come in, they’ll leave, but you don’t see this systemic march by ISIL across the terrain.” — Barack Obama. Nov. 13, 2015. ABC News, Good Morning America.

Regular readers of this blog will note that it was only two days ago that I said, “Sometimes, people say mean things. It apparently hurts [Ithaca college students’] feelings more than it hurts the skulls and spinal cords of gay men thrown off tall buildings by the Islamic State group in Syria. And so, there must be a “no confidence” vote in Ithaca College president Tom Rochon.

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Mark Steyn echoed this sentiment Friday in his excellent piece “The Barbarians Are Inside, And There Are No Gates.”

Twenty-four hours ago, I said on the radio apropos the latest campus “safe space” nonsense: This is what we’re going to be talking about when the mullahs nuke us.

Almost. When the Allahu Akbar boys opened fire, Paris was talking about the climate-change conference due to start later this month, when the world’s leaders will fly in to “solve” a “problem” that doesn’t exist rather than to address the one that does. But don’t worry: we already have a hashtag (#PrayForParis) and doubtless there’ll be another candlelight vigil of weepy tilty-headed wankers. Because as long as we all advertise how sad and sorrowful we are, who needs to do anything?

#PrayForMizzou. #BringBackourGirls. #MillionStudentMarch. #Kony2012.

The Twitter hashtag can be leveraged to disseminate important information and inspire people to action, but most Americans simply use it to convey that they care. They really, really care. Unfortunately for them, solving complex problems require more than just words. It requires action, sacrifice, and an ability to deal with conflict, which is something “safe space” junkies are not willing to provide.

If you get a chance, pray for the victims of the Paris terror attack — but do it alone in your room at night and then don’t tell anyone about it. In short, do the exact opposite with college activists standing in the middle of a quad with a bullhorn typically do. You’ll be glad you did.

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

14 comments

  1. I heard an eyewitness account from the football game at Stade De France just now.

    The man was a journalist at the game and heard that a bomb had killed people at gate H of the stadium. The same gate his daughter and 5 year old grandchild had used to get into the game. The thoughts and worry running through his mind until he found out they were safe are unimaginable unless you have been through something like that yourself.

    I hope these babied and coddled students really read about this tragedy and wake up to what really matters in the world.

    1. I like how the crybabies have racially profiled french people as being white. Having spent time in Paris im sorry to disappoint them by saying that it is a multicultural city

    2. America’s activist college students are a humorous bunch. They can be completely ignorant of facts, spout of something that is entirely fictional with the utmost confidence, and then become outraged when you point out they have no clue what they are talking about.

  2. Colleges should not be playgrounds where adultolescents can hang out and postpone growing up for four years. They should be institutions where competent young adults can receive higher education that will qualify them for responsible jobs: doctors, lawyers, engineers, scientists, military officers, business executives. A person who needs a “safe space” is simply not ready for college. Or for much of anything else, either.

    Re: the Paris attacks, well, as ye sow, so shall ye reap.

    1. At one point in time people went to college to actually learn something. Now it seems to be a place to just kill 4-6 years while intellectually drifting. When they get out, they’re still allowed on mom and dad’s health insurance for a few more years so they could afford to go out drinking 4-8 times a month.

  3. The Paris attacks have reinforced my position that a Harvard education is not worth the expense! They don’t teach the lessons of history, such as the Tet Offensive in RVN, etc. This of course leads to graduates, purported to be brilliant, that are in fact dumbasses when it comes to foreign policy and the art of war!

    1. For the most part college is a place where you don’t really learn as much as you’re taught to parrot your professor’s worldview. Outside the hard sciences or maybe a major like Economics, my experience with most (but not all) professors is that they love the fantasy-world cocoon of the college campus. They can have all sorts of bizarre theories about how the world would work if everyone just acknowledged their brilliance, but never have to live with the consequences of their preferred public policies.

  4. Being sheltered is an unhealthy wish, ultimately you unlearn more than you learn with it, you lose a lot of essential social basics. It’s akin to going back to the cradle, you might as well start polling to see if anyone would like to start sucking on the thumb for comfort next. Don’t slip and slide down the social ladder, climb it, even if there’s a few splinters there. Ultimately, you can withstand the pain and pull the chips out to cash in later!

  5. I had read that Steyn piece earlier today. Great writing, as is this. I was shocked to see you mention in a comment that students are upset that the media attention has been taken away from their “issues” ever since the Paris attacks occurred. If that doesn’t show how selfish and narrow-minded they are, I don’t know what does. What they should try some time is a lesson my own parents and mentors have taught me… that sometimes what we suffer {or think we suffer} becomes less important or at least less doom-and-gloom and hopeless when we can look to others in their suffering {and help them} instead of focusing on our own constantly. Very sad to see such a self-absorbed mentality in so many of the younger people today.

    On an unrelated note… or maybe not so unrelated once I read it… I received the Victor Frankl book. Thank you!

  6. Very nice article, Doug.

    I forget who said it (I think it was someone on FOX), but that person made the rather key point about all these college babies: those who attend college (particularly universities) are among the last people who should be complaining about how hard life is. What happened in Paris demonstrates that there is always someone worse off out there.

    “The Twitter hashtag can be leveraged to disseminate important information and inspire people to action, but most Americans simply use it to convey that they care. They really, really care. Unfortunately for them, solving complex problems require more than just words. It requires action, sacrifice, and an ability to deal with conflict, which is something “safe space” junkies are not willing to provide.”

    That Mizzou hashtag is self-indulgent and obnoxious, but I found #BringBackOurGirls downright insulting. It speaks poorly for people and their college educations when they believe they can shame terrorists with selfies. Just because terrorists have access to social media doesn’t mean they care what other people think. The real world does not work like a cartoon:

    1. The problem with most of these college kids is a.) they have no perspective, and b.) they have no concrete objectives.

      Basically, all they do is scream, “Listen to us!” and when they’re asked for specifics, they don’t really have any. Like I said in a previous post, the president of the University of Missouri essentially stepped down because he wasn’t a real-life member of the PreCrime Police Department from Minority Report. When you really dig down, they basically want a totalitarian police state with them in charge. Sane people aren’t going to agree to that.

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