In response to the Virginia Tech murders, Dana, at Principled Discovery, links to Michelle Malkin writing about the need for education in self-defense. As Malkin writes,
Instead of teaching students to defend their beliefs, American educators shield them from vigorous intellectual debate. Instead of encouraging autonomy, our higher institutions of learning stoke passivity and conflict-avoidance.
And as the erosion of intellectual self-defense goes, so goes the erosion of physical self-defense.
We are trained from little up not to defend ourselves. That task is the responsibility of others in authority over us. We should try to understand the aggressor. We are supposed to be friends with everybody. If you have a conflict in school, you are to tell the teacher. The student who defends himself is likely to receive the same punishment as the aggressor.
And she's got a point.
Consider that after 32 stones were placed in a semicircle, as a memorial, for the VT murder victims, a 33rd stone mysteriously appeared. The 33rd stone was in honor of the murderer because, after all, as the student who placed the 33rd stone said:
I believe his life had value no matter what he did. We lost 33 people.
This is not an attitude of forgiveness. It is capitulation, pure and simple.
And it is this attitude of capitulation that enemies of the United States are counting on.