The Men Who Ran Away
March 10, 2009
A recent film about the massacre of 14 young women at L'Ecole Polytechnique in 1989 has reignited debate about a little-known aspect of this tragedy: the passive behavior of the 50 young men in the engineering class.
They meekly obeyed the gunman, Marc Lepine, 25, (left) when he ordered them to leave. Lepine proceeded to fire about 30 shots at the women, from left to right, leaving behind 9 victims, 6 of whom died. Before killing himself, he killed another eight women and wounded ten women & four men in the hallways, cafeteria and other classrooms. He reloaded a number of times but no one tackled him.
In the first classroom, he said to the girls: "Do you know why you are over there?"
One girl answered "No".
"I am fighting feminism."
The girl replied: "We are not feminists, I have never fought against men."
He aimed his hunting rifle and started firing.
In a suicide note, Lepine said: "I have decided to send the feminists, who have always ruined my life, to their Maker. For seven years life has brought me no joy and being totally blasé, I have decided to put an end to those viragos."
Feminist and lesbian activists were quick to exploit this tragedy as a "National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women," as if mass murder were an appropriate way to characterize this problem. White ribbons remind young women that within all men lurks a serial killer. Thus these activists destroy the trust which is at the heart of a woman's love for a man.
But what if, in that first classroom, the young men didn't separate from the girls, and then refused to file out of the class? What if they rushed Lepine instead? Failing that, what if they had jumped him as he exited the class?
The irony is that the emasculation produced by feminism probably contributed to the tragedy. Men used to be protective of women. This point was raised recently by Mark Steyn in his review of the film ("Polytechnique") in Maclean's magazine:
"The defining image of contemporary Canadian maleness is not M Lépine... but the professors and the men in that classroom, who, ordered to leave by the lone gunman, meekly did so, and abandoned their female classmates to their fate--an act of abdication that would have been unthinkable in almost any other culture throughout human history. The 'men' stood outside in the corridor and, even as they heard the first shots, they did nothing. And, when it was over and [Lepine] walked out of the room and past them, they still did nothing. Whatever its other defects, Canadian manhood does not suffer from an excess of testosterone."
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This touched off a spirited discussion in the Comments section. One man wrote:
"This is nothing compared to a Polish Visitor to Canada, who got tazered to death at Vancouver International Airport, because four well trained (???) Mounties felt that he, an unarmed man, was a threat to them. The important question has to be: "just how many mounties does it take to handle an "armed" person"? Perhaps they think, that the criminals will laugh themselves to death, when they see this kind of utter incompetence. To add insult to injury, this atrocity is dragged through the courts, where it will receive "Canadian Justice".
On the RCMP another man comments: "Reading this, I am reminded of what I read about the aftermath of the stabbing and beheading of Tim McLean: that the RCMP officers stood outside the bus for HOURS watching Vincent Li stab, defile and cannibalize his victim's body."
Another man relates how he wrestled a gun away from a mugger and killed him. "I pulled the trigger and shot my assailant. Minutes later, the police arrived and arrested me. My assailant dies some three hours later in a hospital. This being Canada, it cost me in excess of $15K in legal fees."
But he vows he would do it again: "But rest assured, should anyone pose a risk of death to me, my wife, my children or anyone with whom I enjoy an affective connection, I would not hesitate for a second. I would kill again. I have since learned that my three siblings (two sisters, one brother) are similarly wired. Neuro-psychologists - including several in military positions - have assured me this is not genetic, just the "luck of the draw".
"All that having been said, I find it INCREDIBLE that not a single male who meekly left the Ecole Polytechnique classroom that day took any action. I am also fluently bilingual/bicultural, and more than a few good Quebecois men have confided in me the their disgust at the prevalence of "les hommes rose" ("pink men") among the generations processed by public education systems since my own high school days. Heroes aren't born that way, but cowards do seem to have been conditioned for cowardice. Welcome to the post-modern feminized, touchy-feely world of bullshit called "public education". You're paying for it, after all."
Finally, another man summed it up: "Perhaps in guilting men for being men, in all the accusations of being rapist wannabe 's, they become so meek and pliable that they are no longer capable of acting as the men on the Titanic acted..."
Lepine (his real name was Gabil Rodrique Ghabi; he took his mother's name at age 13) was a psycho who couldn't get a date. If he had demonstrated this much spunk in a positive non-violent way, he wouldn't have had a problem.
Are we judging the young men in the class too harshly? After all, they were only 19-21. The Coroner's Report suggests some thought it was a prank.
Nonetheless, the incident illustrates the unraveling of the social fabric caused by feminism. As I have said, heterosexual marriage and family build and perpetuate society. Men want power; women want love. Marriage is based on the exchange of women's power for male power expressed as love. Both female and male sacrifice in different ways. Women empower men to be their protectors and providers (while they tend to children.) In the name of "equality," Communist-inspired feminism challenges male power which neuters and emasculates men.
Men and women need to re-establish their bond as partners rather than competitors. The days ahead may require sacrifice. This story suggests that men who have no one to protect won't make sacrifices.
Related: "Would you take a Bullet for a Feminist?"
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