The wretchedness of defeatism
November 16, 2015 by Thomas Wictor
My father was the most negative person I’ve ever known. If he’d won $20 million in a lottery, he would’ve gone into several years of depression that it wasn’t $40 million. My mother said that he wasn’t always like that. Going by the conversations we had right before he died, it’s clear that he didn’t want the life he had. However, he chose belonging to a group over excommunication. The price he paid for his passivity? His soul. Since he was one of the most intelligent people who ever lived, he knew he was in terrible trouble. The entire time I knew him, his salient personality trait was defeatism.
He served in the US Coast Guard from 1948 to 1951.
For two months he was the radio operator on the weather cutter USCGC Androscoggin.
When my father stood watches on the roof of the bridge during storms, the ship would roll more than 45 degrees. After the Androscoggin returned to New York in January of 1949, my father was transferred to Groton, Connecticut, where he served a year as a radio instructor. Then he was sent to LORAN (long-range navigation) stations in the Marshall and Gilbert Islands, until he mustered out in 1951.
Despite being a veteran, my father always assumed that the US would lose every war it fought. He would monologue for hours about how terribly the country was run and how awful the armed forces performed. All his pronouncements ended the same way.
“It’s never gonna get better.”
The world has become my father. I have no sympathy whatsoever for this frightened point of view.
ISIS Is A Storm We May Not Weather
Once again, Islamist terrorism has reached out and wreaked havoc in the West. On Friday night, ISIS gunmen and suicide bombers took the lives of 129 men and women and injured hundreds more. In the midst of this horror, President Francoise Hollande declared a territory-wide state of emergency and closed France’s borders. This is the second state of emergency called in the French hexagon since 1945, indicating the severity of the situation, as well as the government’s uncertainty about how to contain it…
It is a new kind of enemy that France, along with the rest of the world, faces. It’s a threat that doesn’t belong to just one country or nationality, but rather is united in global militant Islamism. Because of this, it is far more dangerous.
Friday’s attack comes just ten months after Islamists gunned down employees at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo for publishing images of Mohammed. Afterward, there was international outpouring of sympathy with the twitter hash tag #jesuischarlie (“I am Charlie”) saturating social media.
Yet those sentiments were quickly put aside in the name of tolerance. People became more concerned with fighting Islamaphobia than with fighting radical Islam.
M. G. Oprea bemoans our political correctness while using the politically correct term “ISIS” instead of the group’s real name, the Islamic State. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi announced on June 29, 2014, that the group was now named the Islamic State, since it was a caliphate. Westerners are squeamish about calling it that. We’re told that we shouldn’t use the name “the Islamic State” because these terrorists have nothing to do with Islam.
Al-Azhar refuses to consider the Islamic State an apostate
Egypt’s Al-Azhar issued a statement Dec. 11, 2014, refusing to declare the Islamic State (IS) apostates. “No believer can be declared an apostate, regardless of his sins,” it read. Al-Azhar’s statement came as a Nigerian mufti seemingly declared IS apostates at a Dec. 4, 2014, Al-Azhar conference. Al-Azhar stated that various media outlets had misrepresented the [Nigerian] mufti’s speech.
Remember this mass-murdering piglet?
What was the very first thing that the press reported about him?
Remember the endless yapping by pundits and atheist activists about Breivik’s religion? Was there mass self-censorship from the chattering class, about how Breivik’s actions had nothing to do with the great religion of Christianity?
None of these bigots actually looked at the maniac’s own words.
If you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and God then you are a religious Christian. Myself and many more like me do not necessarily have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and God. We do however believe in Christianity as a cultural, social, identity and moral platform. This makes us Christian.
As this is a cultural war, our definition of being a Christian does not necessarily constitute that you are required to have a personal relationship with God or Jesus. Being a Christian can mean many things.
Blah-blah, blah-blabbity-blah. Breivik is as Christian as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is a Muslim, as decreed by the Vatican of Sunni Islam, Al-Azhar. Thus we have more Opposite World mayhem. The press brands a non-Christian a Christian in the interest of “truth telling” yet refuses to admit that Muslims are Muslims because that truth is somehow dirty pool.
This person has XY chromosomes, a penis, and is sexually attracted to women but does not self-identify as a lesbian.
We’re told that because Caitlyn Jenner wants to be called a woman, we must acquiesce.
White people demand to be called black, privileged college students demand to be called victims, morbidly obese people demand to be called physically fit.
But we can’t call Muslim terrorists Muslims, even though they demand it.
This is why so many people are confused, depressed, and defeatist. They’ve lost faith in everything. Well, the cure is to inform yourself. When I tried to talk my father out of his “never gonna get better” moods, he’d stand up and walk out of the room. You can stop reading my posts, but you also have to stop sending me your defeatist messages.
“It’s all for nothing,” A Jewish man on Twitter told me. “There are always going to be jihadis. Do you think killing them is going to solve anything?”
Well…yes. Dead men can’t launch terrorist attacks. And guess what? We don’t live in a safari park where all the predators have been removed. You have two choices: Either you fight the terrorists, or you don’t. If you don’t want to fight the terrorists, then stop whining about how awful everything is.
I know that I have an unusual obsession: studying military training exercises, troop movements, arms sales, and wars. A man who works for al-Arbiya told me that I’m the only person on earth saying the things I am. It’s true. But that’s not my fault. The information is out there.
Here’s something I want you to think about.
In July of 2015, somehow the United Arab Emirates landed several hundred armored vehicles in Yemen. Nobody filmed these landings. However, we saw the tanks leaving Aden on August 3, 2015. They included Leclerc main battle tanks converted for urban combat.
On August 4, 2015, a Saudi-Yemeni armored unit of unspecified size crossed into Yemen at the al-Wadiya border post.
Qatar sent 200 armored vehicles on September 7, 2015. The overwhelming majority of these tanks, light armored vehicles, infantry fighting vehicles, armored personnel carriers, self-propelled howitzers, and mine resistant ambush protected vehicles (MRAPs) have disappeared. Nobody has explained how they were transported, where they went, or how they’re being used. The only tanks and armored vehicles we’ve seen in combat are Yemeni.
The Saudi-led Coalition has virtually perfect operations security (OPSEC). I’ve never seen anything like it. We know how many Russian soldiers, jets, and armored vehicles are in Syria, and we’ve seen videos of air strikes and ground combat.
In Yemen there’s no imagery of Coalition air strikes, ground troops fighting, or armored vehicles in combat, yet a very large, potent force is there. They’ve taken back five of the provinces that the Houthis had conquered; they’ve carried out amphibious landings in Aden and Mocha; and they’ve attacked in multi-pronged formations using air, land, and sea assets—all without being captured on camera. They’ve concealed themselves like…Israelis.
This means that far more is going on than we know, and the Coalition plans are far more ambitious than the “experts” realize.
My gut tells me it’ll be something as audacious as the Entebbe raid. The only reason for the superhuman OPSEC is that something extremely dramatic is in the works. And this is just the warm-up. The alliance that will topple the mullahs, destroy Hezbollah, smash the Islamic State, and wipe out al-Qaeda is simply taking a brisk walk right now. Wait until this invisible army breaks into a flat-out sprint.
I can’t understand why I seem to be the only person who’s excited and optimistic about the Middle East.
Maybe I’m insane. If so, I don’t mind. It’s better than being negative.
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