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Monday, April 02, 2018

A noble act

Peter Hitchens highlights the sacrifice of a new Christian who became a martyr for the faith:
Last week saw one of the noblest acts of human courage in modern times. Yet it has been given far less attention than it should have been. We often hear it said of soldiers and others that they ‘gave their lives’ in battle. This is true in a way, though many actual soldiers will smile at the expression and mutter that they probably did not have much choice in the matter.

But the French police officer, Arnaud Beltrame, consciously and deliberately did give his life to save another. When the drug abuser, petty crook and jailbird Redouane Lakdim burst into the Super U supermarket at Trèbes, in southern France, he wasted no time in showing that he was capable of murder. He shot dead two people, and was said to have laughed as he killed them. Then he took several hostages.

He was persuaded to release all but one, a terrified woman.

Arnaud Beltrame calmly offered to change places with her. I believe that he knew as he did so that this might well cost him his life, and that by stepping forward he faced the strong possibility of a horrible and lonely death. Nobody ordered or asked him to do it. It would have been perfectly normal and acceptable for the police to have surrounded the mad killer and waited for him to give in, or kill himself, with the strong possibility that he would also kill his hostage.

Arnaud Beltrame went miles further than he was required to go by the normal rules of life, or even the normal rules of duty and bravery. The daily bargain, under which we behave decently to others and hope for the same in return, wasn’t enough for him. Most of us couldn’t have done what he did. Most of us will never be asked to.

But I very much doubt whether our civilisation would have reached the heights that it has reached if nobody had ever been ready to make such a sacrifice. I believe very deeply that Christian societies are different from non-Christian ones, precisely because all of us know that such selfless courage is the ideal of what we all should be. And I think that Lieutenant Colonel Beltrame did what he did because of the specifically Christian saying ‘Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends’. This Eastertide it is worth noting that these words are recorded as having been spoken by Christ, shortly before he (knowing what was coming) was dragged off to face a mocking show-trial, torture, beatings and a savage public death. For Arnaud Beltrame had come, quite recently, to embrace Christianity.
Beltrame's noble sacrifice demonstrates once more that Christianity is a necessary, though not sufficient, condition of Western civilization.

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Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother April 02, 2018 12:53 PM  

I read about this a few days ago. Amazing. He also looks the part, like to could tell he was capable of it just from the look in his eye.

Blogger DonReynolds April 02, 2018 12:59 PM  

That country produces some very gallant men. It was Ben Franklin who said....

Every American has two countries, his own and France.

THIS was a policeman. Send some of these to the Broward (Blowhard) County Sheriff Department, Florida to replace the fatassed cowards they give a badge and a gun.

Blogger g wood April 02, 2018 1:00 PM  

I wonder which black actress will play him in the movie?

Blogger The Kurgan April 02, 2018 1:09 PM  

This policeman was, for once, truly worthy of being called a hero.
Of course, we also need a bunch of perhaps less noble, but just as courageous men, to begin to persistently and determinedly ensure that Christendom remains for Christians.
The Islamic assaults on the West need to be responded to by instant deportation of all Islamists to Islamic lands, where they no doubt will be happier.

Blogger Thot April 02, 2018 1:10 PM  

Meanwhile in the UK they are more concerned with arresting people for "mean" tweets and YouTube vids.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother April 02, 2018 1:14 PM  

You can't honestly call Frenchmen "cheese eating surrender monkeys" . That's ignorant neocon rah rah Fox News bullshit.

Blogger Ominous Cowherd April 02, 2018 1:25 PM  

Stg58/Animal Mother wrote:You can't honestly call Frenchmen "cheese eating surrender monkeys" . That's ignorant neocon rah rah Fox News bullshit.

And yet their country is overrun with !French! mohammedans. Sort of the way our country is overrun with !Americans!

I guess we can still harp on the cheese eating part.

Blogger Patrick Kelly April 02, 2018 1:28 PM  

Lord have mercy.
Memory eternal.

Blogger pyrrhus April 02, 2018 1:38 PM  

An act of stone courage and sacrifice, made possible by Lt. Col. Beltrame's great faith...One man proved he was worth more than the entire French political establishment.

Blogger Sterling Pilgrim April 02, 2018 1:41 PM  

OT, But "Bibi" just shoah'd his hand. We need to seriously consider how the US props up Netanyahu's government while he sends immigrants to "western nations".
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-migrants/israel-says-to-send-16000-african-migrants-to-western-countries-idUSKCN1H90WQ

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother April 02, 2018 1:46 PM  

Hey I like cheese

OpenID genkong April 02, 2018 1:52 PM  

pyrrhus wrote:
An act of stone courage and sacrifice, made possible by Lt. Col. Beltrame's great faith...One man proved he was worth more than the entire French political establishment.

Indeed he did - and that establishment includes the majority of his fellow French gendarmes, who (like their UK okrug counterparts) do no hesitate to arrest any who dare challenge the great ediface of lies the illegitimate regime is founded upon.

Blogger Ghost Bear April 02, 2018 1:53 PM  

Arnaud Beltrame sacrifice is profound and moving, but no dice on Hitchens conclusion. Peter was never very good at research, or being intellectually honest.

5 minutes on google uncovered Aitzaz Hasan, Adel Termos and Tahira Qazi

https://infogalactic.com/info/Aitzaz_Hasan
https://infogalactic.com/info/Bourj_el-Barajneh
https://infogalactic.com/info/Tahira_Qazi

Blogger Jourdan April 02, 2018 2:00 PM  

@2 That was Jefferson who said that.

I'm not certain modern France deserves such a man, but thank God they still exist.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash April 02, 2018 2:12 PM  

Even Roland kneels before such a man.
Jourdan wrote:I'm not certain modern France deserves such a man, but thank God they still exist.
No country has ever deserved such a man. God deserves such men, and He calls them to Himself. If we repent, perhaps He will send some to us.

Blogger The Overgrown Hobbit April 02, 2018 2:19 PM  

Working link here: https://www.goodreads.com/author_blog_posts/16608328-peter-hitchens-why-did-arnaud-beltrame-give-his-life-to-save-others-ch

Blogger Sterling Pilgrim April 02, 2018 2:21 PM  

Ghost Bear wrote:Arnaud Beltrame sacrifice is profound and moving, but no dice on Hitchens conclusion. Peter was never very good at research, or being intellectually honest.

5 minutes on google uncovered Aitzaz Hasan, Adel Termos and Tahira Qazi

https://infogalactic.com/info/Aitzaz_Hasan

https://infogalactic.com/info/Bourj_el-Barajneh

https://infogalactic.com/info/Tahira_Qazi

Tahira Qazi didn't save anyone. Finding examples of non-Christians who also died protecting others is not the same as the story above. None of these examples present a person who quoted a relevant scripture while sacrificing another, and also in these cases, they were trying to save as many people as possible, not just one person.

Blogger Cubby8126 April 02, 2018 2:23 PM  

May he have just reward for his sacrifice.

Blogger seeingsights April 02, 2018 2:30 PM  

I am optimistic. Islamic terrorist attacks in Europe have gone on for years, but I sense that Europeans have had enough. Perhaps the turning point was the dismemberment of the 18 year old girl in Italy. Not long after that, the Italian political establishment got clobbered in the election.
Have courage! We shall be victorious!

Blogger Ghost Bear April 02, 2018 2:47 PM  

Sterling, Beltrame didn't quote scripture (as far as anyone knows). That was just Peter Hitchens saying he "thinks" that verse was why Beltrame did what he did.

Lots of weasel words in that piece.

Blogger Crew April 02, 2018 2:52 PM  

I guess you know you are over the target when wankers like Ghost Bear turn up.

Blogger Azimus April 02, 2018 2:54 PM  

6. Stg58/Animal Mother April 02, 2018 1:14 PM
You can't honestly call Frenchmen "cheese eating surrender monkeys" . That's ignorant neocon rah rah Fox News bullshit


Agreed. France has sacrificed much on the altar of western civilization. You can debate the merits of the bloodletting and debate whether it was worth it, but Charles Martel alone should convict us all to speak of French exploits - successes and disasters - in hushed, respectful tones...

Blogger bob kek mando - ( I love the smell of Autism on the internet. It smells like ... victoREEEEEEEEE ) April 02, 2018 2:55 PM  

17. Sterling Pilgrim April 02, 2018 2:21 PM
None of these examples


represent a person who was not under threat already at the time they took their action.

it's quite a different thing to be sitting comfortably safe and secure behind a tree / etc and to raise your hand to volunteer to put your hand into the fire than it is to have the choice of "everybody dies, or maybe just me" such as the "jump on the bomber / grenade" scenarios.

the woman teacher was probably going to get killed anyways. why would they allow her to go forth and teach more children? duh.

Blogger bob kek mando - ( I love the smell of Autism on the internet. It smells like ... victoREEEEEEEEE ) April 02, 2018 2:56 PM  

"The 26-year-old was of Moroccan descent and lived with his parents and several sisters in an apartment in Carcassonne raided on Friday afternoon, Le Parisien reported.

A neighbour told the newspaper he was ”calm” and “nice” , saying he regularly attended his local mosque. Lakdim dropped his sister off at school on the morning of the massacre, they added."



of course, we really didn't need verification of that fact.

shithole people are going to act like they belong in a shithole.

Blogger Crew April 02, 2018 2:58 PM  

Ahhh, another incident of Sudden Jihad Syndrome. It's almost as if they are genetically not suited to living in an advanced Western society!

Blogger Wynn Lloyd April 02, 2018 3:01 PM  

He is a martyr for the present day.
He, along with those innocent children brutally murdered in South African farm murders, should be honored.

Blogger Ghost Bear April 02, 2018 3:06 PM  

Bob; based on the articles, both Aitzaz Hasan and Adel Termos were not in immediate danger and could have not done what they did.

Blogger Ominous Cowherd April 02, 2018 3:07 PM  

bob kek mando - ( I love the smell of Autism on the internet. It smells like ... victoREEEEEEEEE ) wrote:shithole people are going to act like they belong in a shithole.

It's not a shithole until someone shits in it.

Shithole people are what make nice, tidy holes into shitholes.

Blogger weka April 02, 2018 3:11 PM  

@12. GenKong, the example of giving yourself for another knowing it is highly likely to kill you is one that led to a Maximillian Kolbe being canonized. Such men are rarely among us.

https://infogalactic.com/info/Maximilian_Kolbe

And such men are motivated by Christ.

Blogger SirHamster April 02, 2018 3:11 PM  

Ghost Bear wrote:Arnaud Beltrame sacrifice is profound and moving, but no dice on Hitchens conclusion. Peter was never very good at research, or being intellectually honest.

What conclusion do you think you are refuting?

"I believe very deeply that Christian societies are different from non-Christian ones"?

Or his belief his brother's statement has been disproven?

‘Name me an ethical statement made or an action performed by a believer that could not have been made or performed by a non-believer.’

Blogger Sterling Pilgrim April 02, 2018 3:14 PM  

Ghost Bear wrote:Bob; based on the articles, both Aitzaz Hasan and Adel Termos were not in immediate danger and could have not done what they did.

Do you honestly dispute Hitchens when he says " I believe very deeply that Christian societies are different from non-Christian ones, precisely because all of us know that such selfless courage is the ideal of what we all should be."

Blogger Allen L. April 02, 2018 3:15 PM  

He will live forever in the hearts of men who cherish honor and duty. The Broward County deputy at Parkland lives in the world, but always in shame.

Blogger Noah B The Savage Gardener April 02, 2018 3:16 PM  

@27 Is it Islam that teaches that those killed by jihadis become slaves in the afterlife, or was that just the Zodiac killer's belief? I get those mixed up sometimes.

Blogger bob kek mando - ( I love the smell of Autism on the internet. It smells like ... victoREEEEEEEEE ) April 02, 2018 3:17 PM  

27. Ghost Bear April 02, 2018 3:06 PM
based on the articles


based on the articles, they were both already in close proximity to the bomber before they decided to jump on him with Aitzaz actually having a conversation with his bomber prior to jumping him. you don't know when the bomber is going to go off. hell, how many times have bombers accidentally failed due to premature detonation? without any interference at all?

ie - it's the "two guys in a fox hole, somebody needs to jump on the grenade or everybody gonna die" scenario.

this is entirely different than what Arnaud did.

i'm not saying that choosing to jump on the grenade is not noteworthy. clearly, it is.

but it's also dishonest to attempt to say that grenade jumping is of the same order as what Arnaud did.

that's a bald faced lie.

Blogger Ghost Bear April 02, 2018 3:30 PM  

Bob, not worth dickering about, but the way I read the two alternate accounts of Aitzaz's story (the Nation and Al Jazeera) indicate the bomber was running away from Aitzaz.

Agree to disagree.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash April 02, 2018 3:40 PM  

Ghost Bear wrote:Agree to disagree.
Translation: "I'm wrong, but I'm not going to admit it."

Blogger SirHamster April 02, 2018 3:48 PM  

Snidely Whiplash wrote:Ghost Bear wrote:Agree to disagree.

Translation: "I'm wrong, but I'm not going to admit it."


"Peter was never very good at research, or being intellectually honest."

Swinging hard and then running away.

Verdict: Starts with a G

Blogger Resident Moron™ April 02, 2018 4:03 PM  

@29

As the quoted article says, few of us are ever given the opportunity. That's one reason I've always enjoyed a line from the song 'The Impression That I Get' by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones:

"I'm not a coward I've just never been tested,
I like to think that if I was I would pass.
Look at the tested, and think there but for the grace go I.
Might be a coward, I'm afraid of what I might find out ...
"

(apart from the fact that it's an interesting piece with a lead singer who doesn't really sing.)

Whatever else anyone might speculate and theorise about Beltrame and his motives, the whole world knows the character of the man.

That is now and forever beyond any dispute.

"Wherefore by their fruits shall ye know them."

Blogger Ghost Bear April 02, 2018 4:17 PM  

Snidley; no, it means I know Bob can go on and on...

Blogger Aeoli Pera April 02, 2018 5:04 PM  

Please pray for us Saint Beltrame. We did not deserve your courageous sacrifice and we don't deserve your intercession now, but please pray for us all the same. The West is in desperate straits.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash April 02, 2018 5:35 PM  

Ghost Bear wrote:Snidley; no, it means I know Bob can go on and on...
We are men of ideas, sir. Lies do not become us.

Blogger Dirk Manly April 02, 2018 5:39 PM  

@40

Personally, I don't ask dead men (no matter how righteous) to pray for me.... just sayin'

Blogger Ezekiel April 02, 2018 5:39 PM  

*yawn*

It's a nice gesture I suppose. Shame that his surviving comrades will still be all too happy to arrest any white Europeans who get too angry about the invaders who killed him, or the ruling elites who brought them in.

Blogger John Elvidge April 02, 2018 5:45 PM  

To have known such people, as I have had the honor before their acts of scarifice, they aren't the ones who 'talk the talk', they are the ones who quietly do the right thing every time. It's obvious who won't, but many miss those who actaully will. We all should reflect on ourselves after these events and think about who we are and what we stand for. May God bless this man and his family.

Blogger Meng Greenleaf April 02, 2018 7:15 PM  

A classical Christian Knight and wonderful example of the GraecoRoman legacy. Heroism exemplified.

Blogger Jack April 02, 2018 7:38 PM  

I developed a new appreciation for Christianity as a social conditioner after living in a non-Christian country. The fact that we are - or at least were - raised with the idea that we should love our neighbor and treat others as we would like to be treated, and that the highest heroism is to lay down one's life for one's friends, matters. Secular westerners sort of scoff at these things now, but they should all go live in a non-Christian country for a while and see the difference it makes.

Blogger bob kek mando - ( I love the smell of Autism on the internet. It smells like ... victoREEEEEEEEE ) April 02, 2018 7:39 PM  

35. Ghost Bear April 02, 2018 3:30 PM
the way I read the two alternate accounts of Aitzaz's story (the Nation and Al Jazeera) indicate the bomber was running away from Aitzaz.



the 2nd account is clearly a false narrative. a schoolboy just "happens" to notice a suicide bomber on his way to school? and then follows him for several blocks, throwing rocks at him? and an adult man isn't going to do something about a schoolboy harassing him? and nobody else in the community notices what's going on? OVER SEVERAL BLOCKS? and then his target just so happens to be Aitzaz's school?

yeah, no. you've piled up a few too many coincidences and absurdities on top of each other there. that's bullshit stacked 7 foot high.

the 1st account, maybe. the 2nd is just as real as the Warrior Pixie storyline the Defense Dept was trying to push about Jessica Lynch. or trying to paper over the fact that Pat Tillman was shot by friendlies.

Blogger Dirk Manly April 02, 2018 8:04 PM  

Tillman (and the girl who sneaked outside the wire with him and was giving him a blowjob at that moment) were killed by their own stupidity.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother April 02, 2018 8:18 PM  

Dirk,

That's pretty meaty about Tillman.

Where are you getting that from?

Blogger Jed Mask April 02, 2018 8:40 PM  

Amen...

Blogger Ceerilan April 02, 2018 9:10 PM  

This case highlights the truly despicable evil of the attack against Christianity by cultural Marxists. Anything that would remove the Gendarme's courage rightly deserves to be hated.

Is it bad that my first instinct was to rub France's face in his death for the sins of multiculturalism?

Blogger Bogey April 02, 2018 11:03 PM  

"Beltrame served in Iraq in 2005 and received the Legion of Honour, France’s highest award, in 2012. Last year he was named deputy commander of anti-terror police in the Aude region."


“Intelligent, sporty, voluble and lively, Arnaud spoke readily of his conversion. Born into a family with little practice, he experienced a genuine conversion around 2008, at almost 33 years old. He received First Communion and Confirmation after two years of catechumenate, in 2010."

Blogger Ezekiel April 02, 2018 11:23 PM  

Dirk Manly wrote:Tillman (and the girl who sneaked outside the wire with him and was giving him a blowjob at that moment) were killed by their own stupidity.
Given his anti-war views and expressed desire to meet with Noam Chomsky, I suspect he was assassinated.

Blogger bob kek mando - ( I love the smell of Autism on the internet. It smells like ... victoREEEEEEEEE ) April 02, 2018 11:30 PM  

to believe Dirk's narrative, you have to explain why an Afghani friendly got killed and Tillman's platoon leader and RTO also got injured.

four people ( at minimum ) is an orgy, not a simple blowjob.

Blogger Peter Gent April 03, 2018 9:33 AM  

Stg58/Animal Mother wrote:You can't honestly call Frenchmen "cheese eating surrender monkeys" . That's ignorant neocon rah rah Fox News bullshit.
If I remember my history correctly, it was the French who held the approaches to Dunkirk so the rest of the Allies could make it back to England and were the last to leave. A strategic failure (Maginot Line) shouldn't be taken as an indictment of the courage of individual French soldiers (males).

Blogger Peter Gent April 03, 2018 9:36 AM  

Dirk Manly wrote:Tillman (and the girl who sneaked outside the wire with him and was giving him a blowjob at that moment) were killed by their own stupidity.
Still waiting for your sourcing for this.

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Blogger Unknown April 03, 2018 5:36 PM  

Christianity is a necessary, though not sufficient, condition of Western civilization.

A significant part of Western Civilization was built through Christian malfeasance, malpractice, heresy and outright evil. Certainly Christ is the basis of any just civilization but the West has always been Christianity+, and it's the '+' that has always been the problem.

History is jam-packed with examples of how these 'extras' have corrupted Western Civilization. Charlemagne, Pope Innocent III, Pope Urban II, the Tudors of England, Wellington and Clive in India, Bartle Frere and Kitchener in South Africa, Macquarie and Macarthur in Australia come to mind. One cannot justify evil in the name of Christianity as these men did. In every case, extra-Biblical elements were given a scriptural polish and elevated to a spiritual norm in order to fulfil Western political and/or commercial purposes.

Decay is inevitable when Christianity is insufficient. It's no surprise that Leftism is now dominating the West and that Islam is axing its way through the front door. Christendom' means the kingdom of Christ; in His kingdom Christianity by definition is sufficient.

"I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book." (Rev 22:18-19)

Blogger Jed Mask April 03, 2018 7:54 PM  

Amen. Brother "Unknown" SPOKE THE TRUTH. "Haters" can "hate".

Without *CHRIST* the West and the world is *FINISHED*. Amen.

~ Bro. Jed

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