March 03, 2015
One of many indelible moments in The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp is when the colonel’s dearest friend”a courtly Prussian (now German) officer (turned refugee) he met during WWI”explains that war is no longer the “gentlemanly” pursuit it was in their youth. The Nazis, he explains, are different:
Clive! If you let yourself be defeated by them, just because you are too fair to hit back the same way they hit at you, there won”t be any methods BUT Nazi methods! If you preach the Rules of the Game while they use every foul and filthy trick against you, they will laugh at you! They”ll think you”re weak, decadent! I thought so myself in 1919!
Having placed the Nazis at the pinnacle of evil”Godwin’s Law and all that”it feels odd to find oneself now thinking, and saying, “But these Muzzies are … different.”
For instance, Mark Steyn recently looked back fondly on the good old days when one might reasonably fear being “captured in the middle of the night.” Such a quaint notion:
You know, that’s the way the old school guys”your Nazis and fascists and communists”used to do it. At some level, they knew, they were ashamed of their evil, and they didn”t want it to get out. [But the ISIS] guys use evil in their campaign ads.
Those “campaign ads””beheading videos and such”are certainly effective. England’s own “Jihadi John” is only the most famous of these terrorists” many “homegrown” recruits.
And is it any wonder, really?
These stories were plucked from a single issue of the Daily Mail in a matter of minutes.
It’s almost enough to make you cry out, “Come back, Luftwaffe! All is forgiven!”