The inevitable rape-murder of Maria Ladenburger and the subsequent dhimmi reaction of her parents isn’t a new phenomenon. It has many parallels to the life and death of other modern martyr mythologies in the grand designs of Leftism. The questions following her murder brought to mind, immediately, the death of Daniel Pearl. After his grisly execution, his family began walking the same torturous path Maria’s parents have chosen in their turn.
In the Daniel Pearl case, what was never mentioned by any family member — or by any MSM journalist for that matter — was his poor judgment in choosing to go to Pakistan in the first place. There are many things that families and/or cultures can never permit themselves to know. In Daniel Pearl’s case the great unspoken-but-obvious truth is simple: Jewish Americans with any sense of discernment realize instinctively their extreme value in the propaganda war. Their capture and subsequent executions are prime fodder for Jihad, Inc.
For someone not in bondage to the neo-Marxist mythos underlying Leftist sensibilities, the questions come easily: so he chose to be a journalist? Good for him — does that mean he abandons all sense of self-protection? If you’re a Leftist, it most certainly does mean a kind of exquisite, entitled carelessness. Your cause is just and your heart is pure; both will keep you safe. Daniel’s father, Judea Pearl, has never once questioned the wisdom of his son’s decision to travel into that hellhole to “investigate” the Sheikh most likely behind the grooming of the shoe bomber.
For that was the reason for Pearl’s visit to Pakistan: to meet with the person who trained that whingeing “terrorist”, Richard Reid. No one asks the painful questions about the essential triviality of Daniel Pearl’s quest to understand the origins of this kind of behavior. Anyone who hasn’t sipped the Kool-Aid could have told him the story behind the story without leaving home. But Pearl’s thinking was formed in the outmoded mainstream media cowboy journalism of “exclusive” in-person interviews. Obviously, he didn’t realize his own value to the killer, a value that could exist only in the Western technology and Western media outlets. They would cooperate with Jihad, Inc. by dependably and eternally replaying that video of Pearl’s execution.
The Committee to Protect Journalists wrote about Pearl’s death four years later, in 2006 But this report never addressed the basic issue, which is that western reporters flying solo don’t belong in the Middle East. Without being accompanied by sufficient numbers of competent bodyguards, it’s a suicide mission.
Pearl traveled to Pakistan at a particularly tense time, according to Bruce Hoffman, a terrorism expert at the Rand Corp. in Washington. With the fall of the Taliban regime in neighboring Afghanistan in December 2001, militants were pushed out. “When they lost their geographical center of gravity in Afghanistan, they went to Pakistan, which was something of a haven because they had longstanding relations with existing (militant Islamist) groups.”…
Pearl had been researching a radical Islamic leader, Sheikh Mubarak Gilani, who had been linked to the so-called “shoe bomber” Richard Reid. Reid tried to blow up an American Airlines flight from Paris to Miami in December 2001. To find his way to Gilani, Pearl did what reporters do every day — he reached out to new contacts and made himself accessible. That also made him a target, Hoffman said. “It is a question of opportunism and access. A reporter has to chase a story, making him or her more vulnerable.”
Got that part of the mythos? Pearl did what reporters do every day — he reached out to new contacts and made himself accessible.[…] A reporter has to chase a story, making him or her more vulnerable.”
No he doesn’t need to do that. “Chasing stories” through hellholes in Pakistan is hubris. It’s 20th-century cowboy “journalism”, and it demonstrates concretely Daniel Pearl’s deep ignorance about Islam. But to say these obvious truths out loud is to violate The Narrative; his grisly execution is proof of something meaningful. Daniel Pearl, martyr for first-hand reportage.
Those who have researched Sheikh Gilani are under no illusions about his murderous intents toward non-Muslims, particularly Americans. See Gates of Vienna’s archives on Gilani and his American followers, “The Muslims of America”, here.
Pearl must have known that Gilani was persona non grata in America. Before he left home for Pakistan, surely Pearl was cognizant of Gilani’s terrorist recruitment among the population of disaffected black American felons? Did Pearl’s research include contact with anyone in government intel to ask for background information on this murderer? The CPJ organization quoted above is well aware of the danger, as this 2014 report details.
They even have a database of dead journalists dating back to 1992, enumerating the dangers of reporting from the Middle East.
Now Pearl’s afterlife is that of a martyr. He has books and movies attesting to his courage. And most importantly, a foundation in his name. But none of those invested in The Cause is saying (nor will they ever say) “going to Pakistan was a dumb idea”.
No Israeli Jew has the luxury of that kind of ideological foolishness. At the very least his mother, father, and wife would have tried to stop him. But in America, we are protected by distance; we can afford ideological purity. After the flowers have faded, we are never forced to reflect on events. Instead we immediately go about the business of building monuments, of starting foundations in the name of the martyred.
The drama of the death of this young medical student in Germany displays the same disordered ideological feelings shown by the Left in America when Daniel Pearl died. That’s why it seems familiar. Don’t forget, over half of our registered voters went for Hillary. This is the same group who feel (they don’t think anymore) Daniel Pearl is a hero.
Thus the futility of the question posed by Politically Incorrect in our previous post:
The family now has to live with the gruelling truth about the death of their daughter, namely that they have sacrificed their own child to the moral-imperialistic hubris of the operators and supporters of this “welcoming culture”. How do the parents intend to live with this immense burden?
It’s quite possible to live with “this immense burden” if you’re a suicidal leftist whose greatest fear is not being killed, raped, or beaten by immigrants. Instead, you will do everything in your power to avoid the occasion of mortal sin, i.e., being labeled A Racist. The Ladenburgers will sink ever more deeply into their delusions about immigration rather than risk such a social/moral annihilation. Dragging their other daughters with them, Maria’s family will simply make the rest of their lives a monument to their daughter’s death. Busy with the foundation in her name that is sure to come, their all-consuming work will prevent them from ever having to face the extent of their own culpability. Their child was simply an accidental — now imperative — sacrifice for the New Germany. If it is further necessary to put their remaining children on the altar of Eternal Immigration, that will be done, too. Such is the burden of the Elites. The Marias of Germany are collateral damage in the war against Racism, the broken eggs of this poisonous neo-Marxist Merkelian omelet.
More permanent than candles or teddy bears or flowers, foundations erected in the martyr’s name often end up as large grease machines that permit life to go on. These all-consuming family monuments to the Maria Ladenburgers and the Daniel Pearls become their family business; there is no other way to avoid the truth while preserving The Narrative. Don’t you wonder what Maria, at the moment of her death, would have decided had she been given a choice? Don’t be too quick to underestimate the thoroughness of her indoctrination. Like Rachel Corrie and other martyrs for The Cause, she might have decided for death rather than risk being labeled A Racist.
For leftists, death is not the worst thing. Far more dreaded is being perceived by others as A Racist. Better to build a monument to Death than to be forced to live with the huge red “R” branded on your being. In their world it is never what you say you are, it is always what Others decide about who you are. Unlike the swiftly changing and endless enlargement of the choices to be had in sexual identity, this form of Identity Politics is binary. When Others decide you are Racist, there is no reprieve.
There may even be a perverted pride to be found, when your culture is dying, in helping it along. A cultural euthanasia, perhaps? Thus a main pillar in the West’s Leftist mythos, Death Before Racism aligns with and complements Death For Allah.
Is this the yin and yang of the Left’s Immigration Creed?