Sun rises in east

It’s always disheartening when some liberal political body, long after conservative tocsins have been ringing a frantic warning, suddenly — and too late — realizes that the warning was in fact valid. For example, conservatives kept saying that biofuels would cause food shortages, a thought liberals pooh-poohed. Now that there are actual food shortages, liberals are announcing with shock that biofuels cause food shortages as if it’s a completely new idea, rather than something that should have been obvious. (That’s the point of my post title, by the way. Liberals are slow to grasp the obvious.)

Today’s edition of this “Oh, my God!  The sun actually rises in the east” syndrome, is the report (surprise!) that terrorist groups are using children, not just as targets, but as weapons:

Insurgent groups and militias in Iraq are recruiting children for attacks, according to a United Nations official.

The findings of the UN special representative for children and armed conflict echo concerns expressed by the US military about insurgent tactics.

In some cases children are paid to carry out attacks, the UN envoy, Radhika Coomaraswamy, told the BBC.

Last month, the US released footage of what it said was al-Qaeda propaganda showing children being trained.

The US says children are being taught how to use guns and carry out kidnappings in addition to other terrorist activities.

You can read the rest of the story here.

I guess I should be glad that the anti-American cadre has finally figured out yet another obvious thing, but frankly I just find the whole thing disheartening.  These people, people with a lot of real power and a lot of media power, always figure things out only after the narrative has already been pushed so far in one direction that America never recovers from the ugly propaganda aimed against it.  Likewise, these belated realizations of the obvious also spring up only when the facts on the ground have become so extreme that a situation that could easily have been resolved in the beginning is a logistical nightmare in the end.

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  1. Ymarsakar says

    (That’s the point of my post title, by the way. Liberals are slow to grasp the obvious.)

    Fake liberals only “grasp” things when it starts causing a negative drain on their bank accounts. Millions can starve and be kept in slavery and tyranny and fake liberals just go “it’s all good here”.

  2. Al says

    Don’t be disheartened. The lies and the plain stupidity of the left will, and actually is beginning to, catch up to them. You do not lie to a little kid. It comes back to haunt you. And you are one of the people who are correcting the record, spreading the truth, with your blog.
    We all are just going to have to hold on tight for the ride.

  3. Mike Devx says

    There was an old woman who lived in a shoe.
    She had so many children terrorists, she didn’t know what to do.
    “I wanted them to play in the fields in the sun,
    but they’re training to kill all the Jews, every one.”
    So she gave them some broth without any bread,
    Then whipped them all soundly and put them to bed.

  4. Alex says

    I note the BBC report refers to “insurgent” groups and “militias” as recruiting children to for terrorist duties. As usual, any criticism of “insurgent tactics” is mitigated by the use of euphemisms for terrorist.

    The liberal media want it both ways: they expect us to be horrified by the exploitation of children for violent purposes (which we are), but not to condemn as terrorists the brutes who are making use of them. There’s a deliberate confusion of moral issues here – but you have to think carefully to tease them out.

  5. Ymarsakar says

    Since the MSM wouldn’t know the difference between a guerrilla, an insurgent, and a terrorist, you can pretty assume that the MSM is talking about terrorism when they use any one of those 3 terms. Freedom or resistance fighters included as well.

    Obviously criticizing terrorism makes us as bad as the terrorists who are themselves fomenting hatred and distortions. Those that criticize terrorism are distorting the economic and “root causes”, like American Imperialism and bullying, that created the terrorism, you see.

  6. Mike Devx says

    Alex says,
    “The liberal media want it both ways: they expect us to be horrified by the exploitation of children for violent purposes (which we are), but not to condemn as terrorists the brutes who are making use of them.”

    Have you noticed the tone of reporting about the Chicago deaths that keep breaking out over the weekends?

    There are “appeals for calm”, and reporters always note the “dangerous sharp upturn in gun violence”. There are “appeals for community involvement” to try to halt the violence.

    In only one report did anyone even come close to mentioning the actual cause of all this. This was in one of the “appeals for community involvement” where the reporter then mentioned that the community involvement should assist in engaging the youths to control their behavior.

    What we have in Chicago is a wild spasm, an outbreak of gang violence. (You can bet they don’t have gun permits or registered guns.) No one will mention gang violence, and all we get are warnings of “gun violence”. I’m sure the rampages of blue-haired old ladies who stream out of Luby’s at noon after lunch, firing from the hip at passers-by, are contributing to all this “gun violence.”

    This is too, too similar to the French media characterization of violent jihadist young men as “youths”. A refusal to face reality – or a deliberate attempt to disguise reality – is always worrisome.

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