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Monday, October 28, 2019

Adieu, Abu

The Hollywood glitterati never cease to amaze with their abject stupidity, their total lack of self-awareness, and their delusional sense of self-importance. Since the election of Donald Trump the glitterati takes every opportunity—vacuous awards ceremonies, boring late night TV interviews, and fawning entertainment magazine pieces—to condemn Trump, often spewing "facts" that are blatantly incorrect and demonstrating a level of ignorance that is comical.

This weekend, U.S. special operators killed Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the barbaric Islamic terror group, ISIS. Baghdadi was a murderer, a rapist, and a brute who led an Islamist group that regularly beheaded its victims, burned people alive, raped its captives, and otherwise brutalized the civilian population inside its "caliphate." We should all celebrate his death and hope for the continuing termination of his barbaric followers.

The special ops raid that lead to Baghdadi's death was daring and dangerous. Far more important—it worked. Donald Trump authorized the raid, recognizing full-well that it could have gone sideways, with the resultant recriminations by members of the four constituencies that hate him with a vengeance. Members of the glitterati are so unimportant, they don't even warrant mention as members of the four constituencies, but like petulant children driven by anger, some feel compelled to speak out.

Has-been actress, Jamie Lee Curtis, is one of those petulant children. I'm sure she thinks she's "brave," speaking truth to power, but in reality, she demonstrates my argument about the Hollywood crew. Ben Kew notes Curtis' comments after Trump said that Baghdadi died a "coward" and "like a dog." He writes:
While most of the nation was celebrating, Lee-Curtis appeared less than impressed, pointing out the suffering endured by those in warfare that Trump has never experienced.

“He may have died a coward @realDonaldTrump but ALL living things suffer when they are blown up. Anyone who has experienced warfare, unlike yourself, would know that,” she wrote on Twitter. “War is brutal. Dogs are brave, bold, loyal, loving and healing.”
Gosh, Curtis achieved a trifecta—she demonstrated her hatred of Trump, achieved maximum virtue signaling, and condemned war, all in one tweet. Maybe she's not as stupid as she seems. How brave.

And then, a true member of the four constituencies, The Washington Post, decided that it was best to treat Baghdadi gently in its obit. Titling one obit headline, "Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, austere religious scholar at helm of Islamic State, dies at 48." (subsequently charged after heavy criticism), it took the WaPo trained hamsters 40 paragraphs to mention that Baghdadi was a murderer and rapist. Oh well, the first order of business is to treat violent Tslamists with deference to demonstrate how woke* we all are, isn't it?

With Abu's death, Trump had a major win. It's unfortunate that his opponents don't have the grace to congratulate him on it or lacking that, to remain silent.


* The best response to those who try to push a "woke" worldview on the rest of us is mockery. Whether it's the crazy stuff that goes on everyday in academia (e.g., "safe spaces") or attempts to erase history (e.g., removing civil war monuments and art) or WaPo's woke attempt to be 'evenhanded' in its treatment of an Islamist murderer, mockery is not only deserved—it's perfect.

WaPo's "woke" obit headline for Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi:
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, austere religious scholar at helm of Islamic State, dies at 48.
Here's a just a few of dozens of tweets mocking the WaPo headline:
Osama Bin Laden, spiritual leader and architect of lower Manhattan urban revitalization projects, dead at 54.

Adolf Hitler, Austrian vegan activist and landscape painter, dies at 56

John Wayne Gacy, children’s party clown, dead at age 52

Jeffrey Dahmer, amateur chef with a flair for exotic cuisine, dies at 34.

and one of my own:

"Pol Pot, Southeast Asian leader and social engineer, dead at 73"
WaPo had it right the first time when they called Baghdadi a "terrorist-in-chief." My guess is that some woke copywriter felt unsafe when he/she read that characterization (you know, Islamophobia and all that) and decided on the change it to "an austere religious scholar." Heh.