One understands, perhaps better than most, that the therapy culture wants you to feel the right feelings, but not to do anything in particular. From its inception therapy has avoided giving advice. It has not wanted to tell people what to do or even to tell them to do something.
The West has been weak and passive. G. W. Bush was neither weak nor passive, but his reputation has been pounded into oblivion.
By now, no one is weaker than our own president—the one who has refused to allow NATO to evoke Article 5 of the charter and to declare war against ISIS. Many left-thinking people believe that if you crack down on Islamists you will be producing more terrorists. By the third law of motion.
Even Hillary Clinton, fresh from her calamitous tenure as Secretary of State, says that we should not attack ISIS in Raqqa because that is what they want. Yes, indeed, they want to be incinerated and to see their capital city turned into a parking lot. And HRC is a candidate for president of the USA.
In the meantime, one Katie Hopkins has written a fascinating screed for The Daily Mail. In it she recommends that we stop worrying about having the right feelings and start doing something about Islamist terorism. She gives Britain and France the same sage advice. Stop whining and crack down. Crack down hard, without pity and without mercy:
Evil mowed us down in a monster truck. And we tweeted like lethargic birds between Egyptian cotton sheets.
Celebrities rushed to social media with their message 'not again', designers comforted with a patriotic graphic, tea candles were lit and instagrammed. There will be a vigil in a public square. Again.
A hashtag is born #PrayForNice, exploding into a thousand others as people want to #PrayFor France or #PrayForHumanity, failing to acknowledge the horrible truth that this attack was done in some spurious god's name.
We are projecting weakness. We pride ourselves on our tolerance. We do not understand that being on the moral high ground makes us targets. The terrorists watch it and cheer. They believe that they are winning. It’s their best recruiting tool.
We do not stand strong. We sit like ducks. Waiting to be shot. Helpless, pathetic, slow.
We are reminded to be more tolerant. Liberal lefties takes to the airways lecturing at us, not to react. To remind us of the good and humanity in most people.
Muslim mayors stand and tell us we will be there, shoulder-to-shoulder with France, reminding us Mohamed has nothing to do with ordinary Muslims or Islam.
As with every other time, someone from the BBC informs us many of the victims will have been Muslim, as if that helps.
Trying to give credence to the notion Islam can't be blamed because Muslims died too. And again, we hear a familiar refrain.
And Hopkins brings up Brexit. She is happy that Britain left the EU because that will at least close its borders to new terrorists:
We voted to leave the EU and thank god we did. Free movement of people is also free movement of those will a file marked fiche S. Free movement of a suicide bomber. Or of a man who can laugh as he drives over children and destroys lives.
I am shouting for positive action. For something to be done. For countries to act against terror. Not sit and react amongst the carnage.
It is fair to say that France has not shown as much weakness as many other places. It closed its doors to the recent wave of Muslim refugees. It has been under a state of emergency, a state that allows the police to do whatever they want. For now, the approach has not worked.
To the people of France, Hopkins has this message.
And I look to the people of France and tell them. Do not light a candle, hold a vigil in a public square or share a hashtag. Do not stand united against terror or spend three days mourning.
And, while you are at it, she adds, get rid of this multicultural nonsense:
This is not sustainable. We are not bowling pins. Ready to be knocked down and replaced by the the naive, the believers in multiculturalism. Imagining there is tolerance.
Your hashtags and pretty pictures might make you feel better. But they solve nothing. You are self-medicating on nonsense.
We need action. We need all those 'known' to the police with a fiche S - links to terror and ISIS rounded up. Secured. Locked down. We need to deport those we can't control, control those we can't deport.
France needs to change tack.
You cannot continue to be tolerant.…
We need action. Not reaction. We don't need liberals preaching tolerance.
We don't need another hashtag. Don't #PrayForNice like sheep waiting to be slaughtered. Do something.