Has the West lost its “heart?”


I came across an article yesterday that I feel profoundly and accurately describes Western societies today. Keith at “A Western Heart” posted the article with his own introduction. He has given me permission to reprint his posting in its entirety. I hope many will read his post. It is a sad commentary on Western societies which I happen to share. Please read on:

 “Thursday, August 24, 2006The Spirit of Thermopylae

The West once knew how to fight, often against impossible odds. Our troops still know, as coalition soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq demonstrate every day. What’s missing now is the societies which ought to be supporting them with the same resolve and courage and sense of purpose we once had. But the people have been seduced by expectations of an easy life, of being able to somehow enjoy the benefits of civilisation with none of the costs and obligations.

The excerpt below says it far, far better than I ever could.

The battle of Thermopylae, where three hundred Spartans stood against the enormous armies of Xerxes:

“The Greek historian Herodotus in his History recorded the final moments of the battle:

… the small desperate band stood side by side on the hill still fighting to the last, some with swords, others with daggers, others even with their hands and teeth, till not one living man remained amongst them when the sun went down. There was only a mound of slain, bristled with arrows … those with weapons still clutching them.
Twenty thousand Persians had died before that small number of men!
After the battle, Xerxes asked Demaratus if there were many more at Sparta like the 300. He was told there were 8,000 more like them. Xerxes was not enthralled with this answer, and ordered more reinforcements.

Leonidas’ body was cut up and displayed to deter the Greeks from resisting, but the warning did not work. The Spartans would clash shields again with the Persians many more times, and Persian defeat would eventually come when a Spartan named Aristodemus, who was evacuated at Thermopylae with the allied forces (he was deathly ill, but called a “coward” nonetheless by his fellow Spartan citizens) fought in the name of Leonidas and crushed the Persians one last time and drove them ingloriously from Greece.

It is this Western spirit of determination that gave the 182 at the Alamo the courage to resist an overwhelming Mexican Army of 4,000, slaughtering 1,400 Mexicans before being taken. It is this battle hardness that allowed 105 British Soldiers to repel an attack of 4,000 Zulu warriors at Rorke’s Drift, who after the battle were honored by the Zulus for resisting overwhelming odds. It is this innate legacy that gave the Totenkoph Division of the Waffen-SS — bruised, battered, and battle fatigued — the spirit which refused to surrender. They held their ground for 73 days against impossible odds in the Demyansk Pocket against a Red Army many times their number. And it is the same unwavering dedication that gave the 1st Marine Division in Korea the determination to duke it out with 10 Red Chinese divisions at Chosin; outmanned 10-1, they fought vigorously, finally making their way back to sea after breaking through an entrapment of insurmountable odds. Like those at the Alamo, Rorke’s Drift, or the Waffen-SS at Demyansk, the United States Marine Corps stayed dedicated to their one commandment: Semper Fidelis! — Always Faithful!

Today, however, Western man’s life is out of balance. The unwritten codes of honor, values thousands of years old, seem to be no more: the courageousness of his spirit has been siphoned to near extinction from his soul. On the modern battlefield, too many fail to speak up because they are afraid of the PC Hit Squad calling them “fascist,” “racist,” or “neo-Nazi.” Of the great feats recorded in our history, our most disgraceful is not defeat by the hands of the enemy, but in modern times our servile acceptance of such words, which have become a wall that we must surmount to regain our cultural sanity. Such cowardliness was not a trait of our ancestors, and although many of us call ourselves descendants of these heroes, I will continue to doubt it until I see legions upon legions of Euros marching to defend the West. ”

With thanks to David J. Stennet.

posted by KG at 5:14 AM”

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~ by devildog6771 on August 25, 2006.

7 Responses to “Has the West lost its “heart?””

  1. Point well made Keith!

  2. Sue Anne, my father fought in Europe, in the British Army. He was reluctant to talk about the war, but he rated the SS troops he faced as the most formidable.
    And he told an interesting story of how some of his regiment who were captured by them (and subsequently escaped when the trucks carrying them were attacked by Allied aircraft) said that they were treated absolutely correctly.
    I’m not (repeat NOT!) an apologist for nazis. Not ever.I still loathe them with a passion for everything they did.

    David Stennet was talking about great feats of arms. And by any standard, the battle of Demyansk pocket was that. No matter what the motivation, no matter what the political ideology, no matter what uses the SS were put to by their political masters.
    I also loathe and detest communism–is it not acceptable to mention the heroism of Russians at the seige of Leningrad? Are we to mention and celebrate heroism only when it conforms to a pc set of standards? Then let’s never mention the Spartans, since there were undoubtedly wife-beaters and racists among them.

  3. I agree with much in the piece you quote however with this glaring exception. The Waffen SS would not have know honor or values if they had struck them in the face. They were the most horrific and vicious of Nazi forces in WWII committing war crimes and spreading terror and loathing across occupied Europe. They do not in any way deserve to be considered on the field of honor with the others on the list who are genuinely honorable. The distinction is not the abilty to fight to the death but rather the reasons for which one is prepared to do it. The Waffen SS would have anticpated no quarter if taken by the Soviets, and deserved none.

  4. I agree with all that was said in this piece with one glaring exception. I would not under any circumstances have included the Waffen SS in the same category of men of honor and virtue. The SS were the most feared of the Nazi forces and no doubt fought as they did against the Soviets because they could have expected no mercy if defeated. They had no knowledge of honor or values being violent and vicious barbarians and the exact opposite of the other referenced groups.

  5. I agree with all that was said in this piece with one glaring exception. I would not under any circumstances have included the Waffen SS in the same category of men of honor and virtue. I refer you to http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/GERwaffen.htm
    The SS were the most feared of the Nazi forces and no doubt fought as they did against the Soviets because they could have expected no mercy if defeated. They had no knowledge of honor or values being violent and vicious barbarians.

  6. Thanks yankeemom. You know you always seem to post when I am at a low point and lift my spirits. Thank you for that!

  7. devildog, it just tears at my heart. I too have been teary-eyed the past few days. Or angry (as you noticed in my post.) The lack of honoring honor and the rampant complacency these days really gets to me sometimes.
    I’m with ya!

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