Voice in the wilderness


In college I read a novel called The Last of the Just by André Schwarz-Bart inspired by a legend/theory from the Talmud — that there are thirty-six righteous souls (the Lamed Vav) in every generation whose existence justifies “the purpose of mankind” to God.

I hadn’t thought of the Lamed Vav or Schwarz-Bart’s book for a while until the other day when my friend XXXX, an Iranian activist, sent her email list a YouTube video from Belgium.

A man — seemingly by himself — had stood up at a town hall meeting in that country and denounced the installation of two Islamists who had just won positions in a municipal election. He said their election was illegal because the men were avowed adherents of Shariah law, which is in direct contradiction with Belgian civil law and the European Convention on Human Rights.

The man was right, of course, but no one rose to his defense. When he left, the formal installation of the Islamists was completed as if nothing happened.

Was this lone man one of the Lamed Vav?

When you look at the faces of the others in the room visible on the video, you don’t exactly see “profiles in courage.”

Still, political correctness — leavened, to be sure, with a modicum of cowardice — overwhelmed their good sense and allowed the decent and courageous man to leave by himself.

If you ever wondered how Hitler happened, you have part of your answer on this video.

It’s yet more disturbing than the famous Edmund Burke quote: “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” What we are witnessing is a societal illness as severe as The Plague itself that has infected Europe and has already crossed the Atlantic. It began years ago with Gramsci and then the rise of multi-culturalism and is reaching a kind of apotheosis in our times.

Ladies and gentlemen, these are the times we are now in and those are the sort of people blindly creating them.

2 comments for “Voice in the wilderness

  1. Woman on a Raft
    January 5, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    Technical note: assuming that’s her real name, is it a good idea to post it? Iran has a history of taking direct action against dissenters, including those who aren’t within its borders. The Zoroastrians maintain that the regime executed one of their number in Paris, and I believe their account to be reliable in this case.

    Thanks for the post – no quibble with that, only with the protection of liberty’s friends.

    • January 5, 2013 at 8:35 pm

      Probably right but she seemed to be in the public sphere already. Point taken but not a lot we can do now – have deleted the name.

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