London attacks bring out the best in Londoners, worst in Trump, Clay Higgins

By Robert Mann

LONDON — U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins may be the former “Cajun John Wayne,” but he is now auditioning for the role of Dirty Harry of the House — the bravest, boldest member of Congress, one who will stop at nothing to secure justice.

Unfortunately, the former St. Landry Sheriff’s Department spokesman was never much of a cop; he mostly played one on TV. And now, in pursuit of greater fame, he’s playing an anti-Muslim bigot. His recent screen test was a bizarre, bloodthirsty statement posted to Facebook the day after the deadly June 3 London terrorist attacks:

“The free world … all of Christendom … is at war with Islamic horror. Not one penny of American treasure should be granted to any nation who harbors these heathen animals. Not a single radicalized Islamic suspect should be granted any measure of quarter. Their intended entry to the American homeland should be summarily denied. Every conceivable measure should be engaged to hunt them down. Hunt them, identify them, and kill them. Kill them all. For the sake of all that is good and righteous. Kill them all.”

Is Higgins an anti-Muslim Clint Eastwood? Hardly, although he might stand a better chance of winning that role by conversing with empty chairs.

Higgins resembles Barney Fife more than Eastwood. That’s because the character trait that best describes him is not toughness, but cowardice. It’s fear — abject terror — that motivates people like Higgins to lash out so hysterically.

It takes little courage to advocate — from the comfy confines of Lafayette or the cozy corridors of the U.S. Capitol — the summary execution of millions of Muslims who are, by Higgins’ vague estimation, “radicalized.”

If anyone is radicalized, it is Higgins, who libels the Christian faith by invoking “Christendom” in his demand for a 21st Century crusade. Invading Muslim countries to wage indiscriminate war has always gone so well for us, hasn’t it? Maybe the problem that Higgins has brilliantly identified is that we haven’t killed and maimed enough Muslims?

“Kill them all” is a compelling bumper sticker slogan for mindless haters of Islam. It’s also a recipe for helping ISIS and other terrorist organizations sign up untold millions more recruits.

While Higgins’ statement feigns courage, it’s anything but courage.

You know what courage is? It was the average citizens of London who fought back against the terrorist attackers near London Bridge. One London paper I read the other day described the heroic, “Kristi Bowden, 28, a nurse at Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospital, who was stabbed to death as she dashed on to the bridge to help the wounded.”

The next day, most London citizens displayed remarkable fortitude and pugnacity by rising, overcoming their fears and going into Hyde Park, Westminster Bridge or any of a thousand local pubs and coffee shops.

My son and I witnessed that London courage, having arrived in town the day before the attacks. And we saw it the morning after the tragic events, as my LSU colleague and I greeted 19 students to London. Most had boarded transatlantic flights the previous night, aware of the carnage on and near London Bridge. In spite of their anxiety when they first learned of the attacks, not one of them demurred. They landed here as local police were still investigating the attackers’ identities.

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One Response to London attacks bring out the best in Londoners, worst in Trump, Clay Higgins

  1. Stephen Winham says:

    It occurs to me he may have used the term “Christendom” with the intent of evoking the Crusades rather than from ignorance since a holy war is exactly what he advocates. Regardless, as with Trump, his supporters got what they voted for and, just as we have to live with the image of the U. S. Trump presents, they have to live with the image of Acadiana Higgins presents. We have to hope they are happy because we know how the rest of us feel.

    Taken to its extreme, the Higgins approach could make our cities like many in the war-torn middle east. Higgins may have an excuse, but there is no excuse for a U. S. President to only think one step ahead, if that, with total concentration on himself and his image/brand.


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