The Baron and I got our wires crossed today.
When he goes away overnight, he usually leaves a post ready to auto-publish in the afternoon to inform everyone he’s away and that’s why there is no News Feed. That’s the usual and customary procedure.
However, he ran out of time and asked me to do the honors…except that I didn’t understand him: I thought his was done and I’d explain further in the comments after the post went up. Never thought to check if his was actually in the drafts…duh.
He “was away from his desk” because he went to Washington to meet with Geert Wilders, along with a number of other workers in the Counterjihad field. Mr. Wilders’ primary mission was to attend the speech by the Japanese Prime Minister, given to both Chambers of Congress and invited guests. Afterwards, he talked with a small group of people, of whom the Baron was one.
The Baron can tell you about it tomorrow, but he wanted me to pass on this amusing incident: Mr. Wilders’ body guards were not permitted in the chambers and had to wait outside for him. He also had to surrender his cellphone to his staff before going in. So he was essentially on his own, but escorted by the two Congressmen who’d invited him.
Once the speech was over, people were milling about on the floor and after spending time talking to a number of politicians Mr Wilders found himself outside the chamber and in unfamiliar territory. He walked around, looking for someone or something that could lead him back to his people. Then he suddenly realized that he was alone in a crowd, totally without anyone else around who knew who he was or anyone who was charged with his safety. He said it felt wonderful to walk in the Spring air, calm and peaceful.
I don’t know how he finally found his guards and keepers again, but when the Baron saw him, Wilders was radiant: for the first time in ten years, on an beautiful April day, he had been free to walk among other people as an anonymous stranger.
He will no doubt recall that brief experience for a very long time to come. I told the Baron that as he looked back, the sacrifice he has made will perhaps strike more deeply on occasion.