SAS Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith has just been awarded the Victoria Cross of Australia for his bravery under fire in Afghanistan.
Before I comment on the larger ramifications of the article below, read this inspiring account of Corporal Roberts-Smith’s valiant actions last year in Kandahar, as reported in The Australian:
Pledge to ‘Brothers’ Inspired VC Bravery of Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith
SAS corporal Ben Roberts-Smith has tattooed across his chest the simple message: “I will not fail my brothers.”
Early on June 11 last year, in the rugged north of Afghanistan’s Kandahar Province, the special forces soldier lived up to his own promise.
In an early morning raid on a Taliban stronghold, Corporal Roberts-Smith and two other special forces soldiers were lying in a horribly exposed position just 20m in front of an insurgent machine-gun post.
From the sparse cover of a small pile of rubble, Corporal Roberts-Smith saw gunfire tearing up the ground around his friends and realised they’d soon be killed. He leapt to his feet and charged the machine-gun, killing the gunners at point-black range.
Yesterday, he was awarded the highest award for valour, the Victoria Cross of Australia.
The medal was presented in front of Corporal Roberts-Smith’s family and previous VC winners Mark Donaldson and Keith Payne.
Yesterday, Corporal Roberts-Smith, the second member of Australia Special Air Service regiment to win the VC in Afghanistan, spoke of the fear felt by Australian soldiers in Afghanistan and said they all showed great courage under fire.
“I saw a lot of brave men do a lot of brave things that day,” the 32-year-old SAS soldier said yesterday after being honoured for his extreme gallantry.
The SAS soldiers were pinned down in a battle with the Taliban in Afghanistan’s Shah Wali Kot region when Corporal Roberts-Smith made his life-saving dash through a storm of gunfire.
“Every single bloke in that troop was at some stage fighting for their lives, every person there showed gallantry,” Corporal Roberts-Smith said. “The decisions that I saw made were heroic, just watching some of my mates who were wounded by frag just keep firing, just ignoring the fact that they were drawing fire to themselves.”
Corporal Roberts-Smith said he was aware of bullets flying around him as he tackled the machine-gun posts, and anyone who said they didn’t feel fear was “either crazy or not telling the truth”.
But he said his actions were instinctive. “I saw my mates getting ripped up so I just decided to move forward. I wasn’t going to just sit there and do nothing. I thought I’d have a crack, I was not going to let my mates down,” he said.
The father of twin five-month-old girls said Australia was achieving results in Afghanistan.
“I believe that we are making a difference in stemming the flow of terrorism into Australia, and I want my children to be able to live as everyone does now without the fear of getting on to a bus and having it blow up,” he said. [emphasis added]
Corporal Roberts-Smith’s desire to live “without the fear of getting on to a bus and having it blow up” is commendable, and one that all of us share.
However, the same goal is also shared by the Muslim Brotherhood, with whose agents the West is riddled like termites in a stump. The Brotherhood wants our countries to become completely Islamized. It proposes that sharia be recognized as the law of the land. And it intends to accomplish all of this without the occurrence of a single additional terrorist incident.
The Ikhwan doesn’t want any more Major Hasans. It has no interest in additional Tube bombers or train bombers or shoe bombers or underwear bombers. It doesn’t want any explosives-laden trucks blowing up in Times Square or Portland.
The Brotherhood can’t fully repudiate Islamic terrorists in public. This would make them takfiris in the eyes of their more militant fellows, and would put their lives at risk. And forcing the kuffar to live in a state of constant fear can actually help soften up Western culture for the importation of Islamic supremacism.
Nevertheless, terrorist killings are counterproductive from the point of view of the long-term interests of Islam. Such incidents tend to wake Westerners up, which not at all what the Muslim Brotherhood wants.
They prefer us to be somnolent and fully anesthetized while they impregnate our societies with their deadly doctrine. They don’t want us sitting up and shouting and ripping out the IV until the gestation is over and all the imps are whelped and scattered throughout the land.
Blowing up a busload of children is the last thing a strategically shrewd Islamic zealot desires.
Few of us could ever hope to match Corporal Roberts-Smith’s courage. But even greater courage than his may not be enough for us to resist Islamization in the absence of terror attacks. If no other terror attack ever occurred on Western soil, would we still find it in ourselves to stand against Islam?
If we are fortunate, no one will ever blow up a schoolbus full of children in Australia. But how much consolation will that be if Corporal Roberts-Smith’s granddaughters are all compelled to board the bus in hijab?
Assuming, that is, they are allowed to go to school at all?
We must be tireless and persistent in our efforts to counter Islamic dissimulation and infiltration.
We must educate ourselves and others so that we are able to recognize what is occurring right before our eyes while so many remain asleep.
We must be vigilant and canny and ruthless in our information war.
If we are not to fail our brothers, we must be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.
Hat tip: Anne-Kit in Perth.