Instant karma

At the New York Post there is a photograph of the dead or dying Christopher Stevens, the U.S. diplomat who helped the Libyan rebels overthrow and murder Kaddafi—Kaddafi who had made peace with our country. Repeat: this former enemy made peace with us, and we accepted and celebrated this peace with a former enemy and we restored normal diplomatic relations with him and we even pursued friendly bilateral relations with him. And he never did anything to violate our new-found peaceful relations or to threaten us. And then we helped overthrow and kill him, and boasted of his death. As I said many times, the U.S. intervention in Libya was mad, lawless, criminal, self-damaging, and self-damning. It is impossible to have any sympathy for the U.S. in what has now happened in Libya.

And please remember that the congressional Republicans and Mitt Romney did nothing to oppose America’s criminal intervention in Libya but supported it. Condoleezza Rice (Republican), who as Secretary of State had a cordial visit with Kaddafi in Tripoli, welcomed his overthrow and murder. Sen. McCain (Republican), who, along with several other senators, had a cordial visit with Kaddafi in Tripoli in 2009, two years later urged on his overthrow and boasted of his murder.

See VFR’s extraordinary montage posted in October 2011 of the American leadership’s friendly meetings with Kaddafi over the years, and of Kaddafi’s subsequent fate which we facilitated. In that entry, reader Mark L. wrote:

I agree completely with your comments that the U.S. is, at its highest levels of government, lawless. And while I’m not a believer in karma as such, there is something in the Bible about sowing and reaping. And man, is there ever going to be some reaping.

Here’s a recap:

McCain bowing to Kaddafi in his compound, August 2009

Kaddafi dead with America’s indispensable help, October 20, 2011

J. Christopher Stevens dead or dying, September 11, 2012


Ed H. writes:

The photo of Christopher Stevens, a tall, urbane, and very Anglo looking man, unconscious and dying in a seething crowd of alien dark skinned faces, many of whom had just participated in murder is to me iconic of more of more than just a failed Middle East policy. It is an image of what will happen to Western man when his delusions are stripped away and the reality of African, Latin American, and Islamic cultures he has made friends with finally comes home. I wonder what Stevens thought as the crowd closed in? These were the people he thought loved him, were grateful to him for “freedom” and “democracy” and who, above all, wanted to be like him. Did the liberal egocentricity finally fall away when the first rock slammed into his head or the flames engulfed his consulate? What would he say if he survived? “Forgive them for they know not what they do?” An anti-Christian bit of faux high mindedness, which would only work to provide more future victims for the liberal suicide cult. Probably so.

Paul N. (not Paul Nachman) writes:

Really horrific bad taste to show that photo of Ambassador Stevens

LA replies:

Was it also horrific bad taste for me to post the photo of the dead Kaddafi?

And should the NY Post not have published the photo of Stevens which I copied? And should the Drudge Report not have linked the NY Post article with the photo of Stevens?

LA continues:

The U.S. overthrew and murdered a foreign leader,—a former enemy who had made peace with us and who no longer posed any threat to us—in order to empower our actual enemies who do pose a threat to us. Stevens was a part of that mad, criminal, and treasonous action which was applauded by both parties in our country which at its highest levels has lost any sense of morality or self-interest. And now, eleven months after we murdered Kaddafi, Stevens has been murdered by the very enemies of the U.S. whom he helped empower. And the juxtaposed photographs of the dead Kaddafi and the dead Stevens make this moral tale graphically real. But you think my showing the photo of Stevens is in “horrific bad taste.” You just can’t handle the truth.

September 13

Karl D. writes:

You said At the end of your response:

“You can’t handle the truth.”

One of the things I have always liked about you is your respect and laser-like focus on what is true. Regardless of who said it, what it is about, or how many warts it has. This is something I myself have tried to do my entire life, and have often gotten in trouble because of it. I think I was just born that way. My first grade teacher told my mother that I saw life without all the lies. In high school I quoted Lenny Bruce in my yearbook (I was a big fan at the time): “The truth is all there is. The rest is just bulls**t.” Not a very elegant quote, nor is it groundbreaking. But it spoke to me and what I held in the highest regard. The truth.

Posted by Lawrence Auster at September 12, 2012 04:42 PM | Send

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