A naive young U.S. citizen is released still in a brutally-induced coma from a year’s barbaric imprisonment in North Korea. If one fails to see that barbarians are still at the gates of Western Civilization itself, go back into your own benign coma.
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North Korea has been barbaric at least since World War II as I experienced during the Korean War of the early 1950s. The world can clearly see that a large part of Islam is barbaric — naive apologists notwithstanding.
To appease any barbaric regimes and its members like those overtaking Europe and setting up what in WWII was referred to as insidious 5th Columns, is surrendering hard-fought-for liberty as only the United States of America achieved and set the example for all humanity.
A look back
On radio in the 1930s, “The Shadow” knew “What evil lurked in the hearts of men.” Today, with PC and multiculturalism, we don’t seem to recognize even that anymore — much less take the Muslim terrorists barbarity at face value. President Trump even termed them “losers.” Barbarians from the long line of history were ruthless, cruel, demonic, cowardly murderers and abysmally ignorant losers.
The Hebrews were the only ancient culture to recognize the dichotomy of good and evil and repeat orally their great concept of a single God before they wrote it down. The mere citing of Yahweh’s divine 10 moral commandments was an ethical guide for all the world to come. No other ancient — or modern, for that matter — culture ever topped them. The only successors to come close are the English Magna Carter and the U.S. Constitution.
Universal ignorance begat barbarism
There was no universal concept of morality or sin — except in the Hebrew-Judaic line. Even the ancient Greeks had no word for sin, only the word Harmatia, which meant “missing the mark” (as in a marathon).
Pillage, rape and wanton slaughter were the norm. If one thinks about it, though, random rape strengthened the tribal gene pool. I think the Jewish “matchmakers” were aware of the dangers of inbreeding, so carefully checked genealogical lines, whereas the surrounding hordes did not.
The moral compass for the earth’s entire humanity was set by the Semitic-Hebraic-Israelite-Judaic, and Christian unbroken line throughout history. No other culture —Greek, Roman, Chinese, or Muslim — did so. The Greeks gave us democracy (which America’s Founding Fathers rejected as unworkable); the Romans gave us Republicanism, which did work and was perfected into the U.S. Constitution.
History is replete with conflict, hardship, plagues, wars, massacres, slavery, rapes, holocausts and barbarism run awry. The only surcease was the religion that we now call Judaism, and its complement, Christianity. This Judeo-Christianity was the sole backbone of morality that saved mankind. Without it, I doubt the U.S. would exist as it does today —or the civilized world as it has evolved.
Even that great thrust that gave mankind hope through the lawless and unstructured ages, itself was far from perfect. Christianity turned barbaric in many episodes: the Albigensian Crusade of the early 1200s A.D. that massacred an entire area of Southern France in the name of God; many Christian tortures and killings of Jews; and, of course, the ghastly Inquisition by the Catholic Church that eradicated heretics over three centuries — barbarism at its worst over dictated faith. The brutality of Muslims since their rising in the sixth century A.D., and rape and pillage all over the Mediterranean until stopped in France in the following century.
Barbarism was the way of the world. Yet, despite that, the Church remained the backbone of sanity, hope, and the preservation of knowledge upon which the modern ages have emerged civilized. Throughout all the man-made evils of barbarism, rape and slavery pitted against the imposition of moral and societal order by those who rose to authority, the world has mostly been in a state of universal ignorance. Only the leaders, the rulers, the innovators, prospered and left records.
For examples of horrific barbarism in modern times, look no further that the Japanese “Rape of Nanking” in the 1930s; the Japanese military barbarism in the war in the Pacific; Stalin’s Soviet genocidal pogroms; Hitler’s Nazi atrocities and the Holocaust; the North Vietnamese barbaric treatment of prisoners of war (in retaliation, though, for the U.S.’s indiscriminate bombing of their country, but oblivious of retaliation for having started the war in the first place).
And in the 21st century, the barbarity of the 911 Muslim attacks on New York and Washington; the unspeakable brutality and barbarism of Al-Quaeda and ISIS in beheading Christians, drownings in cages, blowing up innocent people, emigrating to other countries and defiling their lands and laws.
No, “barbarism” is not a thing of the past. It is still with us and will never be eradicated until the ignorance of the perpetrators is overcome.
That will be difficult, since this nation and some other leading countries are blindly allowing their own education systems to decline and in our almost universal ignorance now, allow Muslim and other nefarious influences to infiltrate and covertly destroy us.
This is my take based on my 89 years of observation, study, experience and foresight. If yours differs from mine — please keep it to yourself.
H. Avery Chenoweth Sr., is a resident of Perry.