I make no secret of the fact, that The Gates of Vienna is one of my favourite sites. It heads my blogroll, I encourage others to go there. I go there for inspiration, information and not least , the discussion that goes on. Both the Baron and Dymphna never cease to entertain and occasionally they get us into discussions which others wouldn’t touch with a bargepole. It was therefore a little discouraging to read in a recent post from the Baron that one Danish blogger has been ‘driven away’ after some heated discussion in the comments section. This blogger naturally took offence at being called an antisemite, dhimmi, Bushbasher or whatever, by one or two of our American ‘allies’. I too noted the tone of the discussion, and wondered.
If ‘divide and conquer’ is still the same tactic that it has always been, then this has worked. Is there a hidden agenda here? Or have these people merely been so blinded by their own obsessions that they don’t recognise support even when they see it?
I can’t help but to think of small children having a tantrum, throwing Teddy into the corner, and anything else they get hold of, being thrown at noone in particular and everyone in general. Tantrums , as a rule, go by, but some of these seemed not to. Which is the cause of my suspicions.
Occasionally we get hate-mail. I have not, as yet, received one but I know of others that have. Getting one means you are having an impact, and should be celebrated. I encourage people to publish them and ridicule the sender, thus adding to the original impact that instigated the hate-mail.
But being attacked by one whom one considers an ally in the great cause is not so easily handled. One feels, simply, betrayed.
My fellow blogger, whoever you are, should you read this, then I implore you not to give up. Stick with it. Continue to comment, and write, and to show that you do give a damn. Do not be silenced by the anonymous. We do, after all, support freedom of speech. Even if it is, at times, offensive and unwarranted or unfair.
The infantiles and the obsessed will always be there. They are the ones who have a problem.