Greenwald has a case study:
When Fox News journalists Steve Centanni and Olaf Wiig were being held by Gaza kidnappers, they were used as solemn symbols of our grand struggle against Islamic fascists. But ever since they were released, physically unharmed, they have become, as John Amato documented the other day, the targets of the same sort of hostility and bizarre resentment which was directed at Jill Carroll when she was released. It’s almost as though the fact that they weren’t killed — and then refused to read some fictitious propaganda script about their captivity — instantaneously transformed them from glorious martyrs in the War on Terror to impediments which needed to be neutralized through attacks on their mental health and character.
Yesterday, David Warren, a columnist for Real Clear Politics and The Ottawa Citizen, attacked Centanni and Wiig for being cowards and “men without chests” and said that they illustrate so much of what is wrong with the West and why we are losing to the Islamofascists:
The case of the two Fox News journalists, held hostage in Gaza, is worth dwelling upon. . . .
The degree to which our starch is awash is exhibited in the behaviour of so many of our captives, but especially in these two. They were told to convert to Islam under implicit threat (blindfolded and hand-tied, they could not judge what threat), and agreed to make the propaganda broadcasts to guarantee their own safety. That much we can understand, as conventional cowardice. (Understand; not forgive.) But it is obvious from their later statements that they never thought twice; that they could see nothing wrong in serving the enemy, so long as it meant they’d be safe. . . .
I assume they are not Christians (few journalists are), but had they ever been instructed in that faith, they might have grasped that conversion to Islam means denial of Christ, and that is something many millions of Christians (few of them intellectuals) have refused to do, even at the cost of excruciating deaths . . .
And the two Fox journalists, whom I will not stoop to name, begged for their lives even though, in retrospect, their lives probably weren’t in danger. . . . Men without chests, men without character, men who don’t think twice.
Warren argues that the cowardice of the two Fox journalists in saving their own lives illustrates why we are losing the War of Civilizations — because of what Warren calls the “Chestlessness” of our “men.” As Warren puts it: “That is the substance of most Islamo-fascist propaganda: that the West consists of straw men, of men without chests, of men easily pushed over.” To Warren, the cowardly chestlessness of Western men is why “the West is proving unable to cope with a threat from a fanatical Islamic movement, that it ought to be able to snuff out with fair ease.”
Warren has a biography page on his website. In telling us about himself, Warren complains that “the thumb on (his) right hand still hurts sometimes from when it was broken in a dodgeball game,” tells us that his favorite sport is cricket, talks of his love for Ella Fitzgerald and Jane Austen, touts his devout Catholicism, confesses that he has “been estranged [from his wife of 18 years] for going on four years,” and says he is “fascinated by seeds, small shells, tiny fishes, & insects.”