Monday, September 22, 2014

Martyrdom and Exasperation

I wouldn't mind people with martyr complexes putting themselves at risk all over the place, if it weren't assumed that sane people would be sent to rescue them. For example, the people of Afghanistan do not want other people to "help" them. They consider such "help" to be arrogant interference. But other people want to help them anyway, so they go there and get themselves kidnapped or killed and expect the rest of us to admire them for it, and even go there and risk our lives to try to rescue them. Other people don't intend to be martyrs, but are so damn dumb about things that they end up getting martyred anyway, when they thought that nobody would hurt them because of their wonderful altruistic intentions.

As for the fate of such people, I say it's just natural selection operating normally. I wouldn't risk the life of a single American troop to rescue some idiot who wants to be a missionary in some superstitious hellhole, or wants to go to some jungle to cure all the natives of some disease so their population can double a few more times.

And Gavin McInnes is just as exasperated as I am. At Takimag, he writes:

America’s Martyrs

Er, no offense to people being beheaded in the Middle East but, uh, what are you doing there?

James Foley had been abducted before. In 2011 he was detained while reporting on the Libyan civil war. Why did he go back? Was it because we need “reporting”? This is 2014. The jihadists upload videos themselves. In a bizarre twist of irony, that’s how we know who James Foley is. We have Twitter and Facebook and Instagram and everyone has a cell phone. I’m not sure we need you anymore. Same goes for the Scotsman David Haines, who was beheaded while working as a humanitarian in Syria. Dude, you have two kids at home. What were you thinking?

It’s profoundly unfashionable to consider, but is it possible that some of these people have a lust for martyrdom? Our president is being criticized for not reacting more strongly to these beheadings, but they weren’t diplomats or members of our military. This isn’t the Archduke Franz Ferdinand. We’re talking about people who knowingly strolled into hell.

I’d liken them more to the extreme mountain climber who expects the taxpayer to blow tens of thousands of dollars sending in helicopters when things go awry. Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time. But those of us who are well-stationed here on Western soil can’t help but ask ourselves, “Why are you doing the crime?”

War reporters were a crucial part of our history. The photos Robert Capa took on D-Day are invaluable records of what was arguably the worst day ever. Even the reporting done during Vietnam is crucial to our correct documentation of the war. But today—when it’s hard to find something that isn’t on YouTube five minutes after it happens? It makes you wonder why someone would supply a product with so little demand. Cliven Bundy got in a lot of trouble for wondering. Would you mind if I took some time out of my busy day to do so anyway?

When Dr. Kent Brantly went to Africa to help fight Ebola, he got Ebola. Ann Coulter has accused him of “marinating himself in medieval diseases of the Third World.” She suggested he might have stayed here in America, where there are plenty of atheists to mission to on your doorstep. The backlash against this statement was amazing because here in the real world, everyone around the water cooler was saying the same thing: “What was he doing there?”

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Quibcag: I thought Shampoo and the Panda looked very multicultural, so I used them as an illustration. They're from  Ranma ½ (らんま½)

1 comment:

  1. I've seen that video, if James Foley is dead, I doubt he died 'on-camera'.
    I've seen horror movies that weren't that well produced, nor did the actual beheading happen on camera. It cuts away right after knife (about a 7 inch blade BTW) touches neck. Then it goes to (cleanly severed) head set on chest.
    He may well be dead (or not, Stockholm Syndrome) but I don't think it happened to make the video.
    That said, it was if he chose to skydive out of a plane and the parachute fails, sucks to be him, but...