Sep 7, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 48 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
There was a memorable instance of multiculturalism last week that The Scrapbook heartily commends to readers. Google for the touching video of the ceremony at the Elysée Palace in which the president of France, François Hollande, pins the Legion of Honor ribbons on Spencer Stone, Anthony Sadler, and Alek Skarlatos—the three young Americans who risked their lives to disarm and subdue a terrorist gunman on the high-speed train from Amsterdam to Paris—while giving each of them a very formal French bisou on both cheeks.
From their heroic actions, Glenn Reynolds drew the appropriate moral in a column for USA Today, “See Something? DO Something!”:
Bureaucracies have their place, but they don’t deal well with diffuse threats such as terrorism. By the time “first responders” get there, it’s usually too late. But there’s one group of “responders” who don’t have to go anywhere, and that’s the group already on the scene. In conventional analysis, and in the terrorists’ hopes, those people are called “victims.” But as the three Americans on that French train demonstrated, victimhood isn’t the only response.
And there’s more. The purpose of terror is to terrorize. But responding appropriately has the opposite effect. The response of British businessman Chris Norman, who helped subdue the attacker, illustrates this: “Norman said his first reaction was to hide,” The Fiscal Times reported. “But after he saw the Americans fighting the attacker, he said he went to help them.”
Concluded Reynolds: “Fear is contagious. But so is courage.”
7:49 PM, Apr 15, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
In a short video released today, possible Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley slammed Hillary Clinton for flip-flopping on same sex marriage. "History celebrates profiles in courage, not profiles in convenience," O'Malley says, taking aim at Clinton.
5:01 PM, Jun 12, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Gary L. Bauer emails friends and supporters this special message on the passing of Rachel Abrams:
A few days ago, Carol and I lost a dear friend of many years. Rachel Abrams, beloved wife of Elliott Abrams and loving mother to Jake, Nani and Joey, passed away after waging a courageous three-and-a-half-year battle against stomach cancer. We joined her grieving family and many friends on Sunday to say goodbye at a traditional Jewish family funeral. It was a painful day.
12:00 PM, Jun 7, 2013 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
Our dear friend Rachel Abrams died this morning, after a valiant three-year battle against cancer. She was an American patriot, a fighter for Israel, and a joyful and gifted controversialist. She was also the loving bulwark of her wonderful family and a loyal and sparkling friend. We offer our condolences to her family, and to all who were touched, in so many different ways, by her exemplary life. "A woman of valor, who can find? Far above rubies is her value."
ADVANCE EDITORIAL from the February 11, 2013 issue.2:10 PM, Feb 1, 2013 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
On October 3, 2005, President George W. Bush announced his intention to nominate his White House counsel, Harriet Miers, to succeed Sandra Day O’Connor as an associate justice of the Supreme Court. On October 27, after vigorous statements of opposition from conservatives and quiet expressions of dismay from Republican senators, Miers withdrew her nomination.
And wondering whether their representatives are listening.2:39 PM, Mar 19, 2010 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
The votes of House Democrats on Sunday will largely determine the votes of independents in November. Individual members of Congress who vote “no” on the proposed health care overhaul will strike an immediate chord of respect with their constituents, establish an instant reputation for fiscal prudence and independent thinking, and gain the appreciation of voters for listening to them. Those who vote “yes” will invite the disdain of voters across the entire political spectrum, save the far left.
Hey you, be courageous....11:45 AM, Mar 16, 2010 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
"We need courage," President Obama said in Ohio yesterday, imploring Congressional Democrats to pass his health care bill.
Gratifying though it is that the president is taking his talking points from
THE WEEKLY STANDARD editorials, one might make this obvious point: It's
easy for him to say "we" need courage. He's not on the ballot this November.
On the need for courage.Mar 22, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 26 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
Last Thursday, Athens was paralyzed by rioters protesting the government’s austerity program, which is needed to keep the Greek nation solvent.
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