Wednesday, November 18, 2015

A lesson in courage

So what does courage look like?

Legitimate question these days now that we're seeing so much of the opposite in a nation that fancies itself the moral light of the world.

And so today, if you want to see what courage looks -- and sounds like -- take a gander at this. It was the scene in Wembley Stadium in England last night as England and France met in a soccer friendly less than a week after meeting in Paris the night the terrorist jackals launched a frontal assault on human civilization.

Barely four days later, an arch in the French colors of red, white and blue soared over Wembley. Beneath, French and English fans stood together, bellowing La Marseillaise. The French tri-color flew from every corner of the place. Two nations who have fought one another a thousand times across a thousand years stood shoulder-to-shoulder and told the Islamic State what it could do with its dark and barbaric ideology.

And you know the most stirring thing of all?

According to, in light of the attacks last week, fans were offered refunds if they decided to stay away. Less than 100 took organizers up on it. In fact, 10,000 more tickets were sold.

Meanwhile, in the United States, almost 30 governors, including Indiana's, decided to bar Syrian refugees -- men, women and children fleeing tyranny -- from their respective states.

In other words, there would be no room in the inn for these Middle Eastern pilgrims.

In further other words, almost 30 state governors allowed fear and political gamesmanship to subvert the better angels of American nature.

Land of the free, home of the brave?

Sorry, folks. You took a wrong turn. That's on the other side of the Atlantic now.

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