Heroism aboard that plane makes sense to some, because when they consider the story, and look inside their own hearts, they say yes, that rings true.I think a4g is right, with the qualification that it isn't the left as a whole which is cowardly, but rather that cowardice is yet another disreputable human trait that the left exploits. Many on the left are quite courageous; some of them are downright combative, but they use fear and cravenness to attract allies. The appeasers are not the left itself, they are just another one of the many sorry clients of the left. Through the Great Uniter of the left, trembling appeasers find common cause with guilty white racists, angry black racists, bitter man-hating feminists, Christian-hating libertines, Jew-hating Muslims, insular ethnic groups that are too suspicious and frightened to join the larger culture, vegans who value people no higher than poultry, greens who value people no higher than lichen, the bitterly envious who want to tear down anyone more successful than themselves, and the cowardly who are too afraid to defend themselves or their families.
To others, in the place that holds their deepest, most visceral truths, heroism does not-- cannot-- exist. There are only schemes and lies and misdirection. So that is what they seek and, given enough time, what they will find.
That is all you ever need to know about the right and the left.
No matter what your character flaw, the left is there to tell you it's OK, to endorse your rationalizations and your feckless coping strategies, and to encourage even more pathological behavior that they can exploit. If you are a guilty racist, they will tell you it's OK, everyone is racist in their heart and you're not as bad a racist as those mean Republicans and you can sooth your conscience by voting for affirmative action. If you are an angry racist, they will tell you that, yes, those white people sure are responsible for all of your problems, but vote for us and we'll take jobs and money away from white people and give it to you. If you hate men, the left will share your horror of the fact that all men are rapists and that all those women who seem to have gentle, loving and rewarding relationships with men are just too stupid to see that they are being exploited, but vote for a leftist and we'll take jobs and prestige away from men and give it to you. It goes on and on. If you are a coward, the left will happily endorse cowardice and tell you that retreat and submission is the rational strategy --those people who buy guns to defend their homes are practically homicidal maniacs, and if someone wants America to defend herself from her enemies he's just too afraid of Muslims to realize that they can be reasoned with (i.e. bought off) or retreated from. Yeah, that's the ticket, it's the warmongers who are afraid --the chickenhawks. America has an implacable enemy dedicated to our destruction, and it's the people who want to face up to this enemy who are the cowards.
All this began when the left exploited the fear of nuclear war in order to politically aid their allies, the Russian empire. In that struggle, they learned the political power of cowardice and since then they have used it whenever they could to harm the interests of the United States (which they see as the major impediment to their goals). If not for the panicky fear of nuclear power that the left spread in the 70's and 80's, the United States would today be far less dependent on imports from Islamic countries, and our Islamic enemies would be far less wealthy and powerful. The left is doing the same thing with global warming now, using fear in an attempt to destroy America's economy. The left has used the fear of criminals to disarm us and the fear of hijacking to keep us from fully supporting our ally in Israel.
But all this is just a strategy of the left, it is not the left itself. The real core left is just as courageous and just as religiously dedicated to their utopian goals as the Islamic terrorists. It would be a mistake to forget that.