Stephen W. Browne Rants and Raves

August 14, 2011

Life changes, new experiments, new wardrobe, and I find a spiritual guru in the most unexpected place

Filed under: Uncategorized — Stephen W. Browne @ 7:50 pm

“There is no coming to consciousness without pain.”
– Carl Jung

My blog is on indefinite hiatus for personal reasons. In the meantime I will be cross-posting from my newspaper blog at the Marshall Independent.

August 7, 2011

The most tragic of ironies

Filed under: News commentary,Terrorism — Stephen W. Browne @ 11:07 am

The ever-genial pessimist John Derbyshire pointed my way to a couple of posts by Debbie Schlussel, conservative blogger and granddaughter of Holocaust survivors.

By now no one has not heard of how Norwegian Anders Behring Breivik shot up the Norwegian Labor Party youth camp, killing somewhere around 87 young people – and by young they mean some barely into their teens. (And by the way, why has it taken weeks to get a more-or-less accurate body count?)

In two posts one here, and the second part here, Schlussel details how the camp was a training ground for future leftist leaders who have strong ties to Hamas and Fatah. There are pictures too, of young people expressing their solidarity with terrorists.

And evidently Glenn Beck has been getting some flack for comparing the camp to Hitler Youth camps.

The UK’s leftist newspaper The Guardian quotes Torbjørn Eriksen, former press secretary to Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, “Young political activists have gathered at Utøya for over 60 years to learn about and be part of democracy, the very opposite of what the Hitler Youth was about. Glenn Beck’s comments are ignorant, incorrect and extremely hurtful.”

I will note the Hitler-jugend was founded in 1922, well before Hitler took power in Germany. I’ll further note Hitler came to power in an honest election, before he dispensed with democracy.

I’m conflicted. Schlussel and Beck take a cry-no-tears attitude for the fledgling fascists. But I’m a father, and from time to time I have to deal with my son coming home from grade school babbling the results of comparatively mild indoctrination about how he’s going to love the Earth, etc. We don’t have to deal with a relentless brainwashing campaign designed to create a generation of adults who can not even imagine deviating from a party line, yet.

Remember the movie “Cabaret”? Remember that scene where the three main characters are in a lovely outdoor cafe in the countryside when a beautiful blond boy starts singing “Tomorrow Belongs to Me.”

As the guest join in with him and the rousing chorus draws to a close, the camera pans down as he raises his arm in the salute the whole world knows, showing the brown shirt with the swastika armband.

A bud of mine once remarked, “Tomorrow may have belonged to him, but the day after tomorrow the little bastard sure got his.”

I’ll have more to say, more coherently, later. Right now I’m just asking myself, why is no one crying “chickens come home to roost”?

Why is no one accusing the Labor Party of creating a “climate of hate” by palling around with terrorists whose forthrightly stated goal is the extermination of Jews and the subjugation of the West?

Why is no one reflecting on John Kennedy’s wise observation that, “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, make violent revolution inevitable.”

And did the Norwegian Labor Party think when they created a criminal justice system wherein an evil man could commit a mass murder on this scale knowing he’d get a maximum sentence of 21 years in a prison more comfortable than many summer camps, that it would never come back and bite them in the ass?

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