By Martin Bosworth
Apparently National Review Online’s resident arbiter of masculinity, John Derbyshire, was not only unsatisfied with the unwillingness of British soldiers to be convenient martyrs when captured by Iran, but now he feels that the Virginia Tech students who ran from a deranged gunman are total failures for not knowing how to disarm said gunman.
Really, because there’s nothing we need more than a middle-aged columnist hack for a second-rate loss-leader mag like National Review (not to mention a nascent pedophile who thinks women are pretty much used up after 15-16 years of age–especially that old hag Jennifer Aniston) to tell us how to be manful heroes and die with honor.
I guess the concept of irony or self-knowledge is lost on such a modern-day action hero as good Mr. Derb.
What’s really sickening about this is that these people–Derb, Mark Steyn, and their ilk–have supported some of the most aggressively infantilist policies of the Bush regime. When the last five years have been nothing but constant drumbeating that the evil Muslims are going to destroy us all, and our only way to survive is to go shopping and give up our Constitutional rights, how can you be surprised when you end up with people who are terminally, constantly scared?
It shouldn’t have to take the sacrifice of heroes like Liviu Librescu to remind the NRO Armchair Commando Legionnaires that heroism is not an endemic quality. It comes to you in the moment, or it doesn’t. No one can predict if they will rise up and fight or cower and flee until the time comes.
I think I could be safe in making some bets on where people like Derb and Steyn will be when the bullets start flying in their vicinity, though–it sure won’t be Baghdad.