Friday, January 09, 2015

We're All Charlie Now

     I haven't commented on the cowardly terrorist nitwits who shot up the editorial staff of the French Satire magazine but it's not for lack of noticing; I figure you don't need me to read you the news and if you are reading this blog, you don't need me to point out that murdering the staff of, say, National Lampoon because they disrespected your religion is plain evil, authoritarian garbage behavior.  Persons who do such things should be shot in the act and it is a great sadness to me that the two most recent affronts to civilization happened in nations where armed self-defense if difficult if not impossible.  (L. Neil Smith has addressed this,* pointing out that these attacks are "a diffuse phenomenon, best dealt with by diffuse means."  Shoot back!)

     The current outbursts of Islamanoid terrorism are based on an approach to the world that makes Racoona Sheldon's The Screwfly Solution look humane.  It's not the way the guy who runs the corner Middle-Eastern restaurant thinks or lives (at least, at the one in my neighborhood) -- and the solution to the present mess depends not only on stopping evil but encouraging good.
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* Help a brother out! I was alarmed to learn that LNS suffered a stroke last summer. Evidence is he's recovering well but if you were ever inclined to tip me -- or if you weren't but you'd like to help out L. Neil -- tip him instead.  You'll find ways to do so in the essay linked above and at this article.

5 comments:

LCB said...

I'm sick to my stomach over this, cause sooner or later it'll happen here. And short of putting armed guards everywhere...I don't think it can be stopped. :-(

I've always figured that as soon as militant Islam figured out how much damage they can do by hitting small targets all hell would break loose. That time is upon us, I think. Trains hauling chlorine & oil, the power grid, schools; the list goes on and on.

Roberta X, remotely said...

You are less likely to see it in the US -- people know we will shoot back.

JohninMd.(HELP?!??) said...

I fear there are way too many "gun free zones" out there to be comfortable, Bobbi - esp. back here in the East coast. From Md. Through New England, lots of target - rich environments......

Roberta X said...

I'm sorry, John, but New England and south through MD, you're on your own.

--But even most places there, there are more people carrying than in most European countries. Our most-restrictive states and cites, with the possible exceptions of HI and NYC, have more people *carrying* guns (legally and otherwise) than nearly all of the EU.

Robin said...

I had missed that Neil had a stroke. So many of my friends and online acquaintances have this last year, Clayton Cramer, Mandy Nagy, Jerry Pournelle and L.Neil Smith ... its been sobering.