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Posted on 11/13/2007 7:55:29 PM PST by DogByte6RER
Heroes vs. Their Critics
The Latter Often Invent Phony Villains
Sometimes a writer can be so insightful about war, politics and psychology that his thoughts should be repeated and studied.
Blogger J.D. Johannes achieved that rare pinnacle when he penned a critique of all the latest anti-war movies, and why they will fail at the box office, but his analysis goes far beyond the entertainment community.
When confronted with a real life situation, like the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and larger war on terror, a few will step up to be heroes.
The many who do not have the ability to step up fall into two categories those who acknowledge their inability to be heroes and those who do not.
Being a hero is not a job for everyone, many accept this and give credit to those who are willing to take the challenge. But there is another group for whom the sting of their own cowardice is too much to bear. They are not willing to accept that they cannot be heroes.
They cannot accept that, even if they were younger or had the physical ability to confront a violent villain, they would shrink from the challenge. To alleviate their guilt they invent a new villain Halliburton, Cheney, neo-cons, politicians, military officers, Soldiers, Marines in short, anyone who will not physically harm them.
The substitute version of the hero story wont fly because so many Americans unlike the writers and producers in Hollywood know who our real enemy is, according to Johannes.
This dichotomy plays out in our politics. New York columnist Frank Rich is in the fake heroes/fake villains category. His latest column basically complained the nation is in a quasi-fascist condition: The Bush years have brought an even more effective assault on those institutions from within. While the public has not erupted in riots, the executive branch has subverted the rule of law in often secretive increments. The results amount to a quiet coup, ultimately more insidious than a blatant putsch like General Musharrafs.
For all that nightmarish terror in our nation, it must be noted the Mr. Rich, and his employers, are doing quiet well, making a great deal of money and not having to hide in closets.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali is the Somali immigrant who doesnt hide in closets but does have bodyguards with her whenever she ventures out. Criticizing the radical jihadists and Islam doesnt pay as well as whining about the Bush administration, but its a considerably more dangerous activity. In addition to her lectures, Ali collaborated on a film critical of Islam with Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh. A Dutch jihadist later murdered Van Gogh.
Ms. Ali, like our soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, is a real hero. The job is time-consuming and demanding, dangerous, gritty and doesnt have a pay scale of a New York Times columnist.
However, just as most people refuse to see Hollywoods idiotic movies, they can also discern the difference between a wise and courageous woman and a rather pathetic, silly man
“To alleviate their guilt they invent a new villain Halliburton, Cheney, neo-cons, politicians, military officers, Soldiers, Marines in short, anyone who will not physically harm them.
Yes, to show the true cowards that they are!
Some are heroes...others are hoagies.
No, he's been out of the closet for a long time.
I think you could hit Hollyweird with a clue-by-four upside the head and they still wouldn't get it.
Good Lord. How much longer are we going to have to listen to the liberal media pundits, such as Frank Rich ? They’ve been crying the same tune for almost 8 years.
There’s been attempts to liken this war to Vietnam. You know the only things I see similar? It’s the anti-war protesters and the enemy sympathizers who pass off lies and half-truths to undermine the United States ability to win against the enemy.
I’m praying this time their ploys will not work!
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