What does one do, attend or refuse a party after a tragic event such as the recent Paris outrage? My son happens to live next to Place de la République, where the massacre of innocents by those nice Islamists showing off their manhood took place. He was having dinner with his two little children when the shooting started. Luckily, they’re all OK, but I spent a terrible couple of hours trying to get through after the news came over the TV screens. The next evening in New York, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Costume Institute was celebrating The Art of Style with a black-tie dinner honouring Jacqueline de Ribes, the international style icon whose dresses are being exhibited there.
I was of two minds, then decency prevailed and the whole thing was called off. It would have been pretty ridiculous. Hundreds of dead and wounded in Paris, and we fat cats dressed to the nines celebrating a Parisian lady who has dressed well for most of her 86 years. Consumerist lust 0; good sense 1. It also saved me from a hangover, as I loathe fashion and fashionistas and alcohol is the only antidote.
Just before the massacre of innocents, Curt Schilling, an American sports announcer and analyst, was suspended by ESPN for equating Muslim extremists with Nazis. It seems that mass-murderers acting on their God’s orders should not be slandered as Nazis, who acted on their Führer’s dictates. Go figure! Nor (according to effete hacks of the lefty persuasion) should Donald Trump be closing mosques that preach hate against us. Nor should Muslims that do likewise be registered.
It sounds crazy, but the liberal media in Europe and in the United States are more concerned about the reaction to the ruthlessness of Isis than about the ruthlessness itself.