I am as horrified as anybody by the unleashing of violent death upon unsuspecting people who have been convicted by no tribunal and are in quite a few cases probably innocent of any deed that could be deemed, in penal terms, capital. Those who in recent weeks have died in such a way require of me the charity of my prayers.
But am I alone in noticing an ... er ... imbalance between media reactions to the death of 31 such people in Brussels; and the death, a year or so ago, of 21 Coptic peasants, beheaded by adherents of Islam, who died with the Sacred Name of our Most Holy Redeemer upon their lips, and whose only offense was to refuse to deny their Saviour?
I listened to a Media Person explaining that the Lahore atrocity actually killed ever so many Moslems ... these people have a diabolical instinct to avoid facing up to the martyrdom of Christians because, for them, Christianity is something they have with intense hatred put behind them and which they regard as a standing condemnation of their own corrupt and perverted life-styles. Which, of course, it is.
If I were cynical, I would wonder if the media outcry at the Brussels atrocity were less a matter of sympathy for the dead, the bereaved, and the wounded, than an anguished personal yelp occasioned by the realisation that unexpected death could be visited upon people exactly like us.
Yes ... as Our Brussels Correspondent and Our Security Specialist share on camera their nervous speculations, and the sentimentalists light scented candles and mouth 'Je suis Bruxelles', and the politicians raid the Thesaurus for Adequately Outraged Vocabulary, it is all really just a matter of old-fashioned and boring self-pity.
If they fully realised how ultimately defenceless their own morally and intellectually bankrupt culture truly is, I suspect their reactions would be even more nervously acute.