An excerpt from U.K. prime minister Theresa May’s speech following Wednesday’s terror attack near the Parliament:
The terrorist chose to strike at the heart of our capital city where people of all nationalities, religions and cultures come together to celebrate the values of liberty, democracy and freedom of speech. […]
“Freedom of speech”? Emma West would like a word with you. Rotherham’s dads of teenage girls and Kevin Crehan too, you vacuous marionette. British police raided people’s homes in the middle of the night over racist or anti-Muslim comments on Twitter following the murder of Lee Rigby. On phony democracies:
“If anyone in Europe should be concerned for their freedom, it is the citizens in the West. If there is any place where political correctness and criminal law prohibit speech, it is not in Poland.” –-Jarosław Kaczyński, chairman of Poland’s governing Law and Justice (PiS) party, two years ago.
More from May’s speech:
We will all move forward together, never giving in to terror and never allowing the voices of hate and evil to drive us apart.
Count me in on the side of hate. Anything but candlelight bleating. A commenter nailed that kind of eloish, empty-worded, tough-noises language Western politicians read in the wake of some latest outrage:
The purpose of the posturing from the politicians is to flood the public with estrogen to stop the testosterone from rising. This way everyone is still sitting down and puckered up for the next sucker punch. Keep repeating this process and you induce “learned helplessness” which will allow the outrages to escalate.
May I ask what “giving in to terror” would look like?
From the other side of the Hajnal line:
Poland’s prime minister drew a link on Thursday between an attack in London targeting the British parliament and the European Union’s migrant policy, saying the assault vindicated Warsaw’s refusal to take in refugees.
“I hear in Europe very often: do not connect the migration policy with terrorism, but it is impossible not to connect them,” Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo told private broadcaster TVN24.
I am superficially familiar with Poland’s politics but conventional wisdom seems to be that the PiS party chairman Jarosław Kaczyński (twin brother of the late President Lech Kaczyński) is the strategist and the country’s defacto political leader, with his telegenic proteges Szydło and President Andrzej Duda executing his program.
As reported by Reuters, Poland’s government has refused to accept any of the 6,200 migrants allocated to it under the European Union’s quota scheme.
That’s what a democratic government does.