November 16, 2015

A time for anger

Theo CaldwellArchive

Anger is a funny thing. It gets a bad rap, but it serves a purpose.

I have written before that accusations of anger are a common device to delegitimize and dismiss opposing viewpoints. Similarly, you may have heard it said that the first man to raise his voice has lost the argument. That’s bollocks on stilts.

Wrath may be a deadly sin, but it’s not the same. Anger is a legitimate emotion, gifted to us for a reason, and hopefully deployed with just cause. Conversely, wrath connotes an unhinged, unfocused fury, also suggesting vengeance, which belongs to God.

Jesus showed anger. He also wept. He knew there is a time for each.

With a monsoon of respect for my newly tri-coloured friends all over Facebook, and the world leaders and private citizens repeating the “our hearts go out” mantra after the terrorist attacks in Paris, this is not a time to wallow in sadness. This is a time for anger.

As I type, the three days of mourning declared by French President Francois Hollande are concluding and his promised, pitiless ass-kicking has commenced. That is good.

What we need now is a controlled burn, a tempered rage, as we remember what was done to those poor souls in Paris, then look at our loved ones and recognize that, given the opportunity, our enemies will do the same to them.

This is not over, not by a long chalk. We must summon the will, and the anger, to end this war on our terms.

To begin, we must recognize what we are fighting. For many people, this is uncomfortable, and forces them to articulate truths they have been conditioned to believe are hateful or bigoted. But this need not be so.

We may acknowledge that our adversaries are human, and came into this world worthy of the love and dignity of every living person. As the poet Terence wrote, “Humani nihil a me alienum puto,” or, “I consider nothing that is human alien to me.”

But we must also realize that they are in the thrall of a great evil. Radical Islam is a powerful thing and, like other murderous ideologies we have known – Nazism and communism among them – it can seduce people by the millions.

If we accept the popular insistence that 90 percent of the world’s Muslims are not bent on jihad toward the West – or 95 or 99 percent, let’s say – then even a best-case scenario leaves us with 13 million people eager for our death. That’s several times more numerous than the largest standing army the world has ever known.

The hippy-dippy formulation that “religion” is to blame is willfully blind to the destructive tendencies of one religion in particular.

A friend of mine, whose views I respect in all areas except his snide denunciation of faith, posited that all those offering “prayers” for Paris should remember that “praying” is what motivated the terrorists in the first place.

Honestly, cut the crap. If, God forbid, you find yourself the victim of a suicide bomber or held hostage by a group of fanatics, you know damn well they won’t be Methodists.

Insisting on a false equivalence among every religion while placing yourself serenely above it all only makes things harder and causes you to look like a pompous dick.

Likewise, scolds who rush to tell us we shouldn’t condemn “all Muslims” are lecturing no constituency of consequence.

No one is condemning “all” Muslims (in fact, a number of people refuse to condemn any). But it is safer and easier to tut-tut the rest of us than to name and confront real evil.

To those people I would reply, instead of preaching and coming up with ways to make yourself look good, perhaps pitch in and help – because, like it or not, you’re in this fix with us.

It’s often said that politics is downstream from culture. Consequently, if men like Barack Obama and Justin Trudeau insist on chirping about “climate change” in this time of genuine crisis, it is because we allow it.

What we say to one another, and the things we believe in, matter a great deal. And so, if we allow ourselves to define our enemy in the form of radical Islam, we must then consider our side of the conflict.

What does our society stand for and is it worth defending? Are we nothing more than environmentalism, political correctness, and Caitlyn Jenner? If so, then let our surrender continue apace.

If, however, we maintain some flicker of the liberty bequeathed to us by generations past, and if we possess even a sliver of their courage, then I say that is worth fighting for. And I have a righteous anger at those who would take those things away.

I do not want this fight. I want to live in peace with my wife and family. But I am honked off that I will be leaving them a world less free and more unsafe than the one I have known.

Part of this fight is to be honest with ourselves, to afflict our own comfort. Hard decisions have to be made, both at home and abroad. Again and again, we will have to choose the lesser of two evils.

On immigration, for example, we must consider options that shake our sense of our own goodness, such as curtailing or ceasing the entry of people from Muslim-majority countries. This includes the tens of thousands of Syrian refugees scheduled to receive asylum in Canada and the United States.

If it helps, consider that the United Nations has estimated that 75 percent of those fleeing Syria are men, and as many as 80 percent of the millions streaming across Europe are not Syrian at all, nor are they refugees. They are economic migrants, leaving nations where there is no civil war in order to find better lives in the West.

One feels empathy for such people, and guilt for denying them the opportunities of a society to which we had the great blessing to be born.

Nevertheless, we must proceed. Consider the number of hostiles outlined above. The risk is too great. As Mark Steyn notes of Paris, the barbarians are inside and there are no gates.

The imperfect but necessary solution to the refugee crisis is to establish safe zones in Syria and Turkey. This is accomplished as part of our overseas obligation: to destroy ISIS and take away its territory.

Western leaders are goaded by political adversaries and journalists with the shibboleth of favouring “boots on the ground” in Syria.

No sane person wants war. Even so, the correct response is yes, boots will be on the ground, in the air, and up ISIS’s ass, as necessary.

ISIS is not an insurgency. It is a state, controlling land across numerous countries, of the approximate size of the United Kingdom. This must not stand, and our response cannot be piecemeal. In the words of Napoleon Bonaparte, who knew a thing or two about military victory (and defeat), “If you start to take Vienna, take Vienna.”

Our military response must be overwhelming and sustained, until ISIS is destroyed in its lair. In so doing, we will kill those who would kill us.

It is supposed that Islam grew from the God of Abraham revealing Himself to a new people. If that is so, then that God knows that sometimes, bad guys have to die. You can look it up.

Most important, we need to remember that this is a war of ideas, and we must be fearless in defence of ours. We believe in freedom and the value of all human life (don’t we?). We reject cruelty and subjugation, and those who would impose the mortal supremacy of their beliefs on others deserve the business end of our might and anger.

Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, herself a victim of radical Islam, avers that, “European governments must do their own proselytizing in Muslim communities, promoting the superiority of liberal ideas. This means directly challenging the Islamic theology that is used by the Islamist predators to turn the heads and hearts of Muslims with the intent of converting them into enemies of their host countries.”

Just so. But to this, I would add that the conviction and strength of all of us is what shapes this fight, and informs what governments will do.

We elect leaders of disparate skills and character, and in time they all come and go. But what each of us believes and what we can bear – that is what will decide this conflict.

As the lyric goes, we have to choose to win or lose – and it’s time we started winning.

Theo Caldwell is damn mad. Contact him at


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commented 2015-11-25 08:56:19 -0500
Brad Whitcomb whined – "Time to have conservatives considered a dangerous cult, whose members require severe correction. That time is coming…soon. "

Heh he that was sure worth the price of admission, the libby-left goose-steppers reveal their fascist instinct. Bring it on cup cake, we’ve saved the nation from far greater threats than a Mom’s basement dwelling twitter army of pampered tossers.
commented 2015-11-21 16:58:05 -0500
Brad Whitcomb – it looks like you just got your ass handed to Brad, oops I meant your brain. Though maybe in the Liberal mind, they are now interchangeable. And Brad, your veiled threat is duly noted, and you can expect a response from conservatives, once the ball starts rolling. If you think that the left wins this war, the war between good and evil, you are dead wrong. You Liberals have already declared yourselves the winners, but in the end, good will prevail! Until then, much blood will be spilled, and the blame will be laid directly with the communist Liberals, and their flying monkeys like you Brad!
commented 2015-11-19 18:02:04 -0500
@brad Wow, if that’s not demonizing your opponents, I’m not sure what is. It’s actually people like you who are dangerous. The funny thing is that you’re fear-mongering on both sides of the aisle with that comment.
“Time to have conservatives considered a dangerous cult, whose members require severe correction.” -i.e. liberals, these guys are crackpots. Fear their ideology.
Then at the same time, “That time is coming…soon.” – i.e. You conservatives are about to be destroyed by the rest of society.

How very peaceful, tolerant and open-minded of you.
“Oops, sorry, I accidentally stepped on this. Here, let me dust this off for you,” dusts of brain and hands it back to Brad “If you used this, it wouldn’t fall out so much and cause such a mess!”

Have a great day! :)
commented 2015-11-19 15:41:59 -0500
Time to have conservatives considered a dangerous cult, whose members require severe correction.

That time is coming…soon.
commented 2015-11-18 20:47:52 -0500
I can only hope that Paris and the rest of the world are reeling in the first stages of grief, and that after shock and denial anger will ensue in spades. Anger is a great facilitator of change-just think of the French Revolution! We must nott let extremist anger and hatred beat us to the punch!!
commented 2015-11-17 19:56:26 -0500
Don’t even pretend to pass yourself off as a Christian dbee. Bull ducking shit
commented 2015-11-17 12:34:53 -0500
I rather talk to a card carrying liberal than a red Tory. I thought they already jumped ship years ago. Who needs vermin like that on this site.
commented 2015-11-17 12:33:17 -0500
Sean, we hate you too. Go make love to Joe Clark or David Frum. When you run a party to the left of the Liberals like Charest did, you become the other side.
commented 2015-11-17 12:31:00 -0500
Sean is a Red Tory. That explains everything. Sean, you belong in the Liberal Party with all the other low life Red Tories.
commented 2015-11-17 10:03:48 -0500
Sean Penson, Blue Conservatives / Reform Party AND Social Credit and Wildrose are the TRUE Conservatives :)

We are ENTITLED to the MAJORITY of OUR MONEY in our pockets where it belongs.

EVERYONE is Born Entrepreneurial – it’s what is Best for Everyone :)

I’m sure that you must know that we Stand for EVERYONE – Leftists sure don’t – Leftists are Elitest and Totalitarian.

CPC stands for Liberty / Freedom / Entrepreneurship / Success and Prosperity for EVERYONE :) :) :)

( High taxes, big Government, Regulations ARE Anti Private Sector and EVERYONE HAS TO Adjust their lives to the Private Sector :) :) :) )
commented 2015-11-17 08:46:40 -0500
A time for controlled anger….. I totally agree Theo. Instead of seeing a crowd of people standing together singing Beatles songs, “Imagine”. Funny, first song lyrics to come to my mind was from
Judy Collins “Send in the Clowns”
“Don’t you love farce
My fault I fear,
I thought that you’d want what I want….
Sorry my dear!
And where are the clowns,
Send in the clowns,
Don’t bother, they’re here.”
commented 2015-11-17 05:48:32 -0500
@ Sean Penson commented 3 hours ago
Went to vote on October 19th, and a couple of Muslim women were moved to tears when they were told that many of them s voted for their right to express their religion. My MP wears a turban, and is Minister of National Defence

Def Min is showing himself to be a lap dog – if he was a badass in A’stan and we now know he was a paper pusher – and if he was an honourable office – then he knows the dangers of islam – he KNOW.

He is still letting them come in and does nothing.

From the troops in the trenches – he is not a nice man – in fact some are happy he is no longer serving but are worried about the damage he might do as def min.

He knows the dangers and he knows security – yet does nothing – despite all of us in the business wondering how they will do it.

As for being moved to tears that is BS and you know it.

However you keep doing your thing – insulting and leaving no substance.

And encourage that mid easy blood oil to come to Canada – after all we need toi finance more terror.
commented 2015-11-17 02:48:32 -0500
Oh yes Drew, up until Harper started to attack a woman’s right to wear a niqab or head scarf, he probably could have been reelected to a minority….No he had to go Islamiphobic and anti-refugee and expose how racist and xenophobic his Reform Party/Firewall around Alberta background is…..he lost the election when he started to attack head scarfs!
commented 2015-11-17 02:44:17 -0500
Went to vote on October 19th, and a couple of Muslim women were moved to tears when they were told that many of them s voted for their right to express their religion. My MP wears a turban, and is Minister of National Defence
commented 2015-11-17 01:00:10 -0500
Sean Penson if you think most Canadians support the Niqab you are pretty naive.
commented 2015-11-17 00:59:35 -0500
Bruce Kirk and we also have our Chamberlain as our PM right now. If the US elects Hillary we are pretty much screwed and on our own.
commented 2015-11-17 00:13:53 -0500
Neville Chamberlain was arguably the appeasing catalyst that started WWII, now we have whole populations infected with the same mewling weak kneed willful ignorance that will see 100’s of thousands more killed before this is done, and it will happen in our own backyards this time not some foreign battlefield
commented 2015-11-16 22:16:26 -0500
“Honestly, cut the crap. If, God forbid, you find yourself the victim of a suicide bomber or held hostage by a group of fanatics, you know damn well they won’t be Methodists.” – - – or Mormons, Jehova’s witness, Baptists, Presbys Lutherans or Anglican protestants. Amen Brother Caldwell!

The logical syllogism to demonstrate this truth would be: Not all Muslims are terrorists but all terrorists are Muslim

The trick is to decipher which is which – something PM Zoolander refuses to do – so, when the inevitable happens here, he alone will own the blame.
commented 2015-11-16 21:34:49 -0500
If ? I’ll give you credit for being funny. Your venom is like a toxic cloud that surrounds you and you are blind to it. I feel sorry for you. If you are telling the truth, which I find very hard to believe, then tear up your membership and join the Liberal party. You constantly espouse their virtues and insult everything even remotely conservative. Doing so might dispel some of your toxic venom that has poisoned your soul so deeply.
commented 2015-11-16 21:18:26 -0500
Hyacinth: If I am filled with hatred, it’s a hatred of anything that the Reform Party ilk has taken the Conservative Party since 2003. It must be brought much, much further to the centre, and the right wing viciously purged. If not, it deserves to be on the opposition benches for decades, maybe even third party status.
commented 2015-11-16 21:15:57 -0500
Sure Sean, what ever you say. You are the one full of hate Sean, hold your mirror up to your face to see the definition of a hypocritical hater. One need just simply read your postings to see the not so clever venom in the writing, you are the one that hates then accuses everyone else. Hypocrite.
commented 2015-11-16 21:11:44 -0500
Hyacinth: Your bitterness is what brought down the Harper government: Angry, bigoted, comfortable being in power, cold hearted, uncaring, concerned only about balanced budgets before anything else. Oh yes, an absolute hatred of anything other than hard core right wing policies. Harper was far more in line with the Social Credit Party of Alberta than with the old Progressive Conservative Party of Canada, and his policies showed it. Calmness and rationality is what is needed.
commented 2015-11-16 21:07:31 -0500
That’s the great thing about the internet people can pretend to be anything.
commented 2015-11-16 21:05:54 -0500
Hyacinth: Not a paid troll, nor a troll at all. I am a member of the CPC, used to be a member of the old Progressive Conservative Party, until the forced marriage back in 2003. My politics is Red Tory, and I absolutely despise Blue Tories, Reform Party types, Socreds, and the old Confederation of Regions Party.
commented 2015-11-16 21:04:39 -0500
commented 2015-11-16 20:42:00 -0500
Totally agree Drew. It is possible that he is a paid troll.
commented 2015-11-16 20:40:24 -0500
Drew Wakariuk, How is it delusional? Because I can’t stand what Reform Party types did to the Conservatives? No, it’s time for the Red Tories to seize control of the party and make it more palatable to the average Canadian voter. Remember all the perceived racist overtone Harper had with his attacks against burqas and niqabs?
commented 2015-11-16 20:37:24 -0500
Sean with more of his (or her) delusional meanderings.