While many in Europe, and particularly in the U.S. celebrate the actions of three young Americans, as well as a Briton and a Frenchman, in averting what was likely to be a massive loss of life as a jihadi prepared to attack train passengers en route from Amsterdam to Paris, others might not feel so festive. The progressive outlook has an uncanny ability to look at what has traditionally been seen as good and noble, and turn it into a dark narrative. It’s always gloomy in progressive land, where the sky is dominated by an overcast of cisnormative oppression, with a threat of fascist thunder showers.
You can bet your pork pie hat and hipster glasses that the KOS kids and Guardianistas are already spewing pixels as they break out their tedious memes so as to find white privilege hubris in heroism. Hell, I’ll throw in a case of Pabst.
Here’s how they might see it:
Aggressive American SUV Lovers Assault Religious Minority on French Public Transportation.
Ironically the cowardly attack began when 26 year old Ayoub el Khazzan, of Moroccan heritage, and an aficionado of collectible guns, hearing American voices, thought to share his enthusiasm.
One of the Americans, Spencer Stone, an American airman, began pummeling the Frenchman. The USAF has of course been assaulting civilians for many decades, most notably at Dresden, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki. A second friend, Alec Skarlotos, no doubt desensitized by his time serving in the American Occupation of Afghanistan, upon seeing a man of Middle Eastern appearance – and one exercising what many Americans stridently proclaim is their right to bear arms – gleefully joined the assault.
Sadly, the third friend, Anthony Sadler, of African heritage, was unable to see the sick contrariness of his joining in the brutality towards a fellow person of color. Mr. Sadler is described only as a college student, but whichever institution he is attending needs to ensure that it students are better informed as to privilege, colonialism, and the post colonial othering of marginal communities.
A despicable but predictable codicil to this sorry account was that Chris Norman, a 62 year old Briton, in true Blairite lackey tradition, joined the assault.
Reports say the three Americans are middle school friends. They should have remained in kindergarten until they learned to fight fair.