Skip to comments.Christopher Stevens Feeds the Crocodile
Posted on 09/14/2012 2:42:59 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
Winston Churchill once said, An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile hoping it will eat him last. On September 11, Christopher Stevens, a career diplomat, became one of the first Americans in Libya to feed the crocodile of Ansar Al-Sharia and learned too late that while appeasers may hope to be eaten last, they are often eaten first.
Christopher Stevens was a Middle Eastern diplomat who typified the new breed going from the University of Berkeley and the Peace Corps to desks in Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Syria. He taught English to Moroccan children in the Peace Corps and helped Palestinian Arabs in the East Jerusalem Consulate, which has a firm policy of pretending that Israel does not exist.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said of Christopher Stevens that he made other peoples hopes his own and that may serve as a fitting eulogy both for Stevens and for the disastrous foreign policy of making other peoples hopes our own that brought on the Arab Spring.
Stevens, like Clinton and Obama, made the hopes of Islamists his own and they repaid him for it, just as Afghans repaid America for supporting them against the Soviet Union, as Lebanon and Somalia repaid Americas peacekeeping efforts by killing American troops and on down the litany of gratitude in bombs and bullets that have come Americas way from the Muslim world.
He risked his life to stop a tyrant, then gave his life trying to build a better Libya, Hillary Clinton said, but if anything his murder exposed the lie that there is a better Libya now than there was before Hillary and he intervened in Libya. Clintons eulogy comes perilously close to conceding Stevens real mission and the degree of American intervention in the overthrow of Gaddafi.
Stevens was the connection between the Islamist Benghazi rebels and the Obama administrations illegal war to overthrow Gaddafi. His mission, like the true mission of the war, was secret, and the consulate, marginally fortified and devoid of Marines, reflected that secrecy. Stevens did not think that he had anything to fear from the Islamists because they were his friends.
In the Wikileaks cables, Stevens cheerfully described fighters who saw resistance against coalition forces in Iraq as an important act of jihad and local businessmen who took pride in the number of suicide bombers who had come out of the area. For years he had walked safely in their company without understanding that he was just as much of a target as a Marine in Baghdad, but without the training, the weapons or the survival skills.
The only reason Christopher Stevens had lasted this long is that the jihadist fighters had known a useful man when they met him. And Stevens proved to be very useful, but his usefulness ended with Gaddafis death. Once the US successfully overthrew Gaddafi and began focusing on stabilizing Libya, Stevens ceased to be a useful idiot and became a useless nuisance. Attacks soon followed on the Benghazi consulate and on other consulates as well, but the Marines were not brought in and Stevens continued relying on local goodwill to secure his offices. It was only a matter of time until the attackers got through.
Clinton, her State Department and its media allies appear unnaturally eager to paint Christopher Stevens as an American martyr to the cause of Libyan Islamism, a kinder, gentler Rachel Corrie who willingly died so that the Islamists might have their dream of an Islamic state in Libya.
We will of course never know what was going through Christopher Stevens mind on September 11, 2012, as he battled the choking smoke, experiencing what so many New Yorkers had experienced on September 11, 2001. Like them, he was faced with a terrible dilemma, a choice between remaining in the fire and committing suicide by going outside.
Many in the World Trade Center chose to jump to their deaths, but Christopher Stevens chose to remain inside and die rather than face the tender mercies of his attackers. Stevens had spent enough time in Libya to have seen what the jihadist fighters did to their captives and must have known what horrors he could expect at their hands. The photos that have been released, along with claims by Libyan jihadists that they sexually assaulted his corpse, suggest that he made the right choice. And perhaps in those final moments, facing that terrible choice, Christopher Stevens finally understood the true horror of the Muslim world that he had fallen in love with as a Peace Corps volunteer.
He was an avid student of Islam and the Middle East, and consistently strove to build the proverbial bridge between our two cultures in the face of sometimes overwhelming antagonism and bitter misunderstanding, a friend from the diplomatic service tells us. But though Christopher Stevens may have studied Islam, he had learned very little about it, and so his final lesson was the bloody one that Westerners who never really learn what Islam is about end up receiving.
The world needs more Chris Stevenses, Hillary Clinton said, but does it really? Does it need more tall dead blond Americans lying bloodied in the gutters of Muslim cities? Does it need men who give up the hopes and dreams of their country to take on the dreams of their enemies without ever realizing where the fatal road of those dreams leads?
Stevens former Peace Corps colleague says of him, Chris devoted his career, and life, to improving relations between the Arabic/Islamic world and the West. That he did and he died doing it, losing whatever career or life he might have had if he had not embarked on a futile errand to make the Muslims who killed him and paraded around his body like him. And like all those who have died over the years in the same cause, the effort was to no avail.
Its especially tragic that Chris Stevens died in Benghazi because it is a city that he helped to save, Obama said, repeating the same lie that he used to drag America into his illegal war. Benghazi was not in any need of saving, it was the Americans who came to Benghazi, like Chris Stevens, who needed saving.
That is the terrible blind spot in our vision which, like Christopher Stevens, tells us that we need to save the Muslims who hate us, rather than showing us that we need to save ourselves.
The perils of designer tribalism "............Whatever the current object of adulation the wisdom of the East, tribal Africa, Aboriginal Australia, pre-Columbian America the message is the same: the absolute superiority of Otherness. The Third Worldist looks to the orient, to the tribal, to the primitive not for what they really are but for their evocative distance from the reality of modern European society and values.
It is all part of what Bruckner calls the enchanting music of departure. Its siren call is seductive but also supremely mendacious. Indeed, the messy reality of the primitive worldits squalor and poverty, its penchant for cannibalism, slavery, gratuitous cruelty, and superstitionare carefully edited out of the picture. In their place we find a species of Rousseauvian sentimentality. Rousseau is the patron saint of Third Worldism. Ignoring the real human race entirely, Rousseau wrote in a passage Bruckner quotes from the Confessions, I imagined perfect beings, with heavenly virtue and beauty, so sure in their friendship, so tender and faithful, that I could never find anyone like them in the real world. The beings with whom Rousseau populated his fantasy life are exported to exotic lands by the Third Worldist. As Rousseau discovered, the unreality of the scenario, far from being an impediment to moral smugness, was an invaluable asset. Reality, after all, has a way of impinging upon fantasy, clipping its wings, limiting its exuberance. So much the worse, then, for reality. As Bruckner notes, in this romance adepts were not looking for a real world but the negation of their own. . . . An eternal vision is projected on these nations that has nothing to do with their real history."....................
oikophobia— hatred for the familiar
Fantastic piece and very insightful. Basically a case study in liberalism. All the best intentions (looked at in one way) with disastrous results (no matter how you look at it).
Suicide by Appeasement!
Sterling post, CW. Send it to Romney. Maybe it will keep his advisors awake to reality.
Huge bump on this this one, and a few pings.
I should have pinged you to this as well. You should ping the list.
NO, Mr. Daniel Greenfield , not our vision, their vision (the liberal "world savers" you mention), or even more narrowly his vision.
You're wrong in so many ways in making such a broad statement and I vehemently deny, and resent the implication, that I have any "blind spot" in my vision.
You can stow that pap!
Thanks for posting this excellent perspective. Now I understand the “thinking” behind oblunder’s expeditions in the middle east. Sad that our citizens are being sucked into his vision, moths to a fire. Hillary is especially blind and evil in this.
Bill and Hillary and Huma and Anthony "Even now, the outrageous Clintonian shenanigans continue. We've just learned that Huma, her unemployed husband Anthony, and their baby Jordan are moving into a $3.3-million Park Avenue apartment owned by a longtime Clinton crony and top Obama bundler [Jack Rosen]. You and I may have to live within our means, but in Clinton World, such rules never seem to apply.
Now as Bill formally nominates Obama for a second term, both men are complicit in Hillary's scandal that should be the shame of the nation. But what's an historic disgrace to us is less than a shrug to them. Bill has been taking Saudi money by the barrel for years, and Obama admires the Muslim Brotherhood.
In fact, working with Hillary's State Department, Obama has helped to install the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and throughout the Middle East, using the "Arab Spring" turmoil to empower these sworn America-haters.
And now here comes the icing on the treachery cake: Obama and Hillary reportedly have informed Iran that they've abandoned Israel, leaving the only Jewish State to face a nuclear Iran alone. How proud the Abedin family must be of their little girl!....."
“...Stevens may have studied Islam, he had learned very little about it, and so his final lesson was the bloody one that Westerners who never really learn what Islam is about end up receiving.”
Libs rarely learn.
Because their narcissistic need to think highly of themselves...you know, “above it all” TRUMPS reality.
And just like narcissists, they destroy everything they touch.
Good article! Great find!
Will do, thanks.
Personally, I think it’s a little too soon to be speaking ill of the dead - Monday would have been a better decision.
On another note, I’d like to see the Wikileaks cables he referenced.
It’s nice to hear the grown up perspective, Thank you CW.
We are at war. There is no time to delay a realistic hard-eyed assessment of how we got to Benghazi.
Agree on the cables.
very well written piece. thank you for sharing it
“We are at war. There is no time to delay a realistic hard-eyed assessment of how we got to Benghazi.”
Really? Waiting until Monday to write an article like this is going to hurt the “war effort”?
If you wait until Monday, the way news cycles work, the audience that would see this would be much, much smaller.
You appear to have been around FR long enough to understand that.
“The photos that have been released, along with claims by Libyan jihadists that they sexually assaulted his corpse”
Even in death, “leading from the rear”.
This story isn’t going to die by Monday, that’s the point
Good read, thanks for posting.
Bump for resending from PC!
———with claims by Libyan jihadists-—
Translation: Iranian Hezbollah agents
Excellent article - Thanks!
“... he was an avid student of Islam ... consistently strove to build the proverbial bridge...”
Sadly Stevens didn’t study enough to actually “get” it. All he had to do was read Gabriel Oussani and Hillaire Belloc’s book; “Moslems: Their Beliefs, Practices and Politics”. This book exposes the true nature of Islam without Rousseau’s pink cloud and its conclusions are based on actual history, i.e. reality.
Here are just two examples of the insights that Hillary and company need to absorb - and Romney’s team as well -
“Brotherly love is confined in Islam to Mohammmedans.” If Stevens had understood this concept from the beginning, the ambassador might have used a more wary approach, made less trusting decisions and might still be alive. (Decisions to overly trust Muslims earlier on - I don’t mean at the end.)
“Religion and the State are not separated in Islam” . This is the key concept that the liberals do not comprehend. Arab Spring?? Democracy?? Foolishness!! The religion of Islam teaches and bases its foreign policy on the premise that “The rights of non-Muslim subjects are of the vaguest and most limited kind, and a religious war is a sacred duty whenever there is a chance of success against the “Infidel”. Therefore, because there is no separation of church and state, crimes against the infidel will not be punished by the state.
Why are these elite Ivy leagues so blind to human nature and history?? And they consider themselves superior and more intelligent than the rest of us???
Baffling and terrifying at he same time because they are in power.
Conservative talk show hosts should read the entire thing on their shows
“Once the US successfully overthrew Gaddafi and began focusing on stabilizing Libya, Stevens ceased to be a useful idiot...”
That is this struggle in a single sentence. Hilliary and Obama and all elitist egomaniacs believe islam is a useful tool to transform America/the world to their elitist vision, to destroy Christian/Constitutional culture. Obama, Hilliary et al believe they are in control and that islam is their puppet, but it is obvious islam is the more ruthless force and these elitists are the puppets and their fate will be just like Stevens.
Just knew there was more to this story! Thanks for getting it out there. Tragic but not entirely unexpected.
A bit of "preaching to the choir" in this forum, but maybe some mush head morons outside of FreeRepublic will read this article and loosen up the idiot webs that keep their brains from functioning properly.
This article should be dropped as leaflets in Berkeley, Ann Arbor, Ithaca, Cambridge, and Foggy Bottom. I’ll fly the plane.
I would love to see Benghazi smoldering, incinerating, immolating, in a gigantic funeral pyre.
I would love the smell of napalm in the morning over Benghazi.
It would smell like......victory!
We're getting a good look at what the world looks like when it is run by community organizers.
I think even many of Obama's strongest supporters -- including even Obama himself -- would privately admit that these people (including him) are simply not up for the job. Just because you've spent your life volunteering to care for cats at the local ASPCA shelter, it doesn't make you fit to climb into the tiger's cage at the zoo.
Excellent piece! We need to keep this bumped. I hope some of the folks who never use the search function keep posting this all weekend!
*bump for later*
In 19th century literature, this was the concept of “the noble savage.”
Never mind the syphilis, the scalpings and the cannibalism; these people are pure and untainted by our depraved culture. Aren’t they wonderful? More to the point, aren’t *I* even more wonderful to discern this?
Well at least he died doing what he loved to do. We can all take comfort in that.
Yes, the cables will reveal the truth.
Here's the fatal mistake for decent people everywhere......believing any other human culture or religious community can peacefully coexist with Islam. Has it ever happened anywhere in the world? In their febble brains they believe they have the right to determine the faith path of every other human being on the earth. That is repugnant.
Islam delenda est.
Brilliant. But he left out sodomy.
Seems to me there’s a domestic lesson to be learned. Back here in America, we’re being told it’s just HORRIBLE to offend Islam. This, in the throes of this man’s unspeakable fate. Now that millions of Muslims live in America, we have a domestic problem as well, do we not?
What has happened is that the power of Liberalism to re-make society from the top down is on full parade. It isn’t a reflection of the American people. It’s a reflection of the mind of Liberals and their hands on the levers of power to make it happen. The same mindset that led to HIS death is behind Moochelle’s drive to control what we can choose to eat.
Internal contradictions in what Liberals believe, ABOUND. They tout gay marriage and women’s and sexual “liberation”” and they are very HOLLYWOOD in their morals (which means almost no morals at all). Yet tell us we must accommodate to a religion that does “honor killings” of females and follows Sharia Law.
When they are in charge, NOTHING makes sense.
I don’t know about you, but in addition to America being in peril, another thing that animates my reaction to them is, I have always hated things that MAKE NO SENSE.
I was raised to make sense of things and came of age when American society - imperfectly of course - did!
General George Patton once said,”If you’re nice to a skunk, he won’t piss on you. As often.”
Stevens helped a bunch of savages overthrow the government that kept them in check. There wasn’t much to like about Daffy, but he was still better than what replaced him. He died a horrible death for his misplaced idealism.
I DO mourn the two marines and the tech that the scum murdered, though, and for them I’d raze Benghazi and Tripoli.