My last post was about the larger context of the London Bridge attack, June 5, 2017. It featured Douglas Wilson, my favorite practioner of truly deep critical thinking. Oh yeah, he’s a prolific writer, and also the pastor of Christ Church, Moscow Idaho. This piece doesn’t go as deep but it’s useful for understanding some of the dynamics of how “western” nations (while Britain is the focus, the U.S. is following them into the pit. I believe France, Italy, Spain and Australia are already lost). The following are stories culled from various mainstream news sources, mainly NBC News and the NY Times (so no one can accuse me of conservative bias):
Regarding the most recent London jihadi rampage, “Many people ran but some stood their ground and put up a fight, throwing things at the attackers to try to halt or at least slow their pitiless rampage. ‘People were throwing bottles at them, pint glasses, whatever they could pick up obviously,’ Vowls said. ‘I went, ‘Oi, oi, cowards!’ I remember shouting something like that to them. And then I started picking up bottles, I threw a chair at them a stool, glasses, anything I could get my hands on.’ All of this was happening in the space of just a few minutes.
“By this point, the surrounding area was being flooded by gun-toting police — who make up a small fraction of London’s largely unarmed force.” (MY INSERT Out of every 100 people in Britain, fewer than four of them owns a firearm, in the U.S. there is more than one gun per person.) “Specialist officers equipped with helmets, body armor and large rifles were seen filling into the Borough Market area and shouting at anyone still around to run away as fast as they could.
“Perhaps believing that the attackers were potentially strapped with explosives, eight different police officers unleashed a hail of 46 bullets. This is in a British policing culture where even firing one round is a big deal, and arrests rarely involve the use of lethal force. Those caught up in the melee didn’t know whether this gunfire was coming from the officers or the attackers themselves.’
IN THE PAST, STUDENTS ESPOUSED A LOT OF UNWORKABLE IDEAS AND UNINFORMED OPINIONS THAT ARE THE PREROGATIVE OF YOUTH, AND MOST OF THEM GREW UP. BUT THEY WERE TOUGH DESPITE THEIR IGNORANCE. THIS STUDENT GENERATION IS A LOT OF THINGS, BUT TOUGH IS NOT AMONG THEM.