In the post-massacre phase, just like after 9-11, we are all together. We all grieve and search for a community, albeit online, to share our grief. In September 2001, the social media had not yet gone into turbo drive so the glow lasted a little longer. It took less than twenty-four hours to see it end for me. I saw this:
When I first saw the drawing, simple black brush strokes on white paper, my gut wrenched. A child of the sixties, I had peace signs on my pants, my school locker and my guitar but as adulthood called, I came to understand the absolute meaningless of the symbol and how it was exploited by every left leaning group from Rolling Stone to the Communist Party. I cringe when I see little kids, children who have no clue to what "peace" means and how it is secured, adorn themselves with it.
And when two people, one a friend and one very close to me, remarked that the Eiffel image meant something to them, I had to stop and wonder when might we develop that resolve my parent's generation had in defeating the tyranny of Germany and Japan.
It is precisely the mixing of metaphors that makes this so wrong. This is not about peace. Of course, we all want peace and we should give peace a chance but when you are moshing to a heavy metal band in the orchestra pit of a Parisian theater and two savages come in and start mowing every one down, how is that peace sign supposed to help?
No, Jean Julien, the hipster artist whose painting was tracked down by Slate and elevated by CNN, has history in this mixed messaging. Here is his take on Ferguson. Remember, all the grand jury findings have shown, without a doubt, that the "gentle giant" threatened the officer, grabbed his gun and fought with him.
There is the hand of an artist with an agenda.
More of the same wishful thinking that a pencil, like the power of a flower 50 years before, would stop those pesky Syrian refugees from killing 130. Perhaps they should have passed pencils out in that Cambodian restaurant?
No, Mr. Julien, you got it wrong then and you've got it wrong now. The last thing Paris and France need is peace. The enemy is slaughtering your people, dude. Marine Le Pen said it perfectly. You must annihilate them. Then, you might experience some peace and only if you stay forever vigilant with a strong defense. Hmm, Peace Thorugh Strength. Now where have I heard that before?
With a hat tip to Breitbart