From PJ Media:
Candlelit vigils and other rites of mourning and remembrance are a natural and understandable response to terrorist attacks. The trouble is that for many of the people taking part, whether on the streets of Paris or through social media, their response to the tragedy begins and ends with the vigils and the hashtags, after which they’re all too eager to move on.
It’s a mentality that Europe’s broadly liberal political classes (for the most part the continent’s mainstream “conservative” politicians make Jon Huntsman look like Barry Goldwater) and left-leaning media are keen to encourage, because it diverts attention from the uncomfortable issues raised by the increase in the number and severity of Islamist attacks across the continent.
Despite the heroic efforts of the security services in many countries, who’ve thwarted many more attacks than have been successful, Europe’s leaders know it’s only a matter of time until the terrorists strike again. And so they want to condition their populations to “cope” with the aftermath of future attacks, hoping that when the next atrocity occurs their citizens will follow the prescribed response template.
Sure. More candles. More hashtags. More piano renditions of “Imagine.”
Reality check: “Imagine” a world where that made any difference either to terrorists or the baby asshats who want it al without blowing themselves up.
Europeans chose paternalist government, and the fact that the government cannot and will not protect them is a fate they must accept. Why should the EU protect them? It can just as easily protect any huan being who chooses to move to Europe, and in the same ways. Or protect none at all. As long as its power lasts.
No, it can’t last. But don’t count on progressives to have that much sense of cause and effect. They claim the right to choose their own reality.
See also: A handy reference on postmodernism Progress is seen as a “failed Master Narrative” by people who have an indoor bathroom they did not invent or build, and would not know how to fix. The rest follows.