Animal’s Daily Death of Delusions News

Let’s hope this statement of a liberal being mugged by reality proves true and is regularly repeated.

When Hamas terrorists crossed over the border with Israel and murdered 1,400 innocent people, they destroyed families and entire communities. They also shattered long-held delusions in the West.

A friend of mine joked that she woke up on October 7 as a liberal and went to bed that evening as a 65-year-old conservative. But it wasn’t really a joke and she wasn’t the only one. What changed?

What changed?  A brutal dose of brutal reality from brutal people.

The best way to answer that question is with the help of Thomas Sowell, one of the most brilliant public intellectuals alive today. In 1987, Sowell published A Conflict of Visions. In this now-classic, he offers a simple and powerful explanation of why people disagree about politics. We disagree about politics, Sowell argues, because we disagree about human nature. We see the world through one of two competing visions, each of which tells a radically different story about human nature.

But I’m skeptical about this awakening by one person, who was apparently red-pilled by the Hamas atrocities, has any staying power.  Why?  Because the power of The Side is just too strong.

We woke up on October 8 to the clamor of street protests in cities across the West condemning Israel even before any major Israeli response to the attacks. We watched celebratory crowds brandish swastikas and chant “gas the Jews” at events purporting to be about the loss of Palestinian lives. We saw Black Lives Matter chapters lionize terrorists

In London, where I live, we watched the mayor deliver glib assurances that “London’s diversity is our greatest strength” in the midst of a wave of antisemitic attacks, and as Jewish schools were forced to close because of safety concerns. 

Yeah, it won’t last.  Post-9/11, American seemed to really be pulling together; within weeks, maybe days, the Left (by my own observation) was deriding President George W. Bush as “Chimpy” and “George W. Hitler.”  It was lunacy on a national scale, and make no mistake, we’ll continue to see lunacy on a national scale for a few more years yet.

The Hamas attacks, I think, are the beginnings of something larger.  Something that will come from an unexpected direction. The world is entering into a time of crisis, very much like it was in 1939, and it’s anyone’s guess where it will all end up.