And comes out strongly in favor of helplessness and cowardice. This is a reflex in New York City—non-resistance to mugging is drummed into New Yorkers from their earliest years.
But check out the last line of his post:"Judge not, lest ye be judged."
That's from John Podhoretz, the most judgmental man in American public life.
I really, really, find it hard to believe that John Podhoretz, of all people, is actually saying "Judge not, lest ye be judged." Judge Judy isn't as judgmental as Podhoretz. [Send JPod mail, but please, don't be judgmental.]
Judgmental update: Podhoretz on Hugh Hewitt, re NBC's decision to showcase the killer's video:"I don't see how one can view their decision making or their choice as anything but strictly craven." I agree with him here, "In the name of old-fashioned and time-honored forms of human behavior, " but it obviously highlights his earlier hypocrisy.
In a Classroom WIth a Gunman
The Corner on National Review Online
I have to dissent, in the strongest possible terms, from John Derbyshire's shocking posts on Virginia Tech. The notion that a human being or group of human beings holding no weapon whatever should somehow "fight back" against someone calmly executing other people right in front of their eyes is ludicrous beyond belief, irrational beyond bounds, and tasteless beyond the limits of reason.
"Why didn't anyone rush the guy?" Derb asks. Gee, I don't know. Because he was executing people? Because if you rush a guy with a gun, he shoots you in the head the way he executed the teachers in each classroom?
Derb claims proudly to be touching a "third rail" by raising something no one wants to talk about. The third rail is a metaphor for electrocution. What happened in those classrooms was no metaphor. It was a psychotic with a gun and a lot of people with no weaponry at their disposal. A few were astonishingly brave, and deserve to be considered heroes. Everybody else was just a person either in danger of being murdered, being mortally wounded, or being murdered.
In the name of old-fashioned and time-honored forms of human behavior, Derb has trampled on one of the oldest: Judge not, lest ye be judged.