A petard was an early gunpowder weapon, usually an iron cooking pot filled with black power, that was manually placed against a wall or gate in order to blow a hole in the obstacle. Today, we would call it a breaching charge.
Given the inconstancies of pre-industrial gunpowder and fuses, placing and lighting a petard was a risky business for the combat engineers of the era. Many times, they found themselves “hoisted” into the air and eternity by a prematurely detonating petard. That is why the phrase, “Hoisted by one’s own petard,” entered the language to mean being undone by one’s own weapon or actions.
This is why I find it incredibly funny that the current leftwing hero du jour has been arrested for violating a ridiculously broad definition of rape that rabidly misandrogynistic leftists foisted upon Sweden.
I mean it is seriously funny. I don’t even think there is an Internet acronym to express how karmically hilarious I find this situation.
Why can’t leftists understand that the violence-based power of the state is a blunt and dangerous instrument? Leftists always seek to invest power in the state in order to dominate and control their self-perceived cultural, social and political competitors. Why do they never learn that eventually that power will be turned against leftists themselves?
For example, take gerrymandering: Back in the ’80s, leftists got the courts to sign off on upending nearly two centuries of laws preventing gerrymandering, because the leftists saw gerrymandering based on race as a way of creating large numbers of districts custom-designed to elect leftists. Unfortunately, it took non-leftists about five minutes to figure out they could use the exact same laws to concentrate leftwing voters in a small number of districts, thus giving non-leftists a serious representational advantage. Worse, at the time, anti-gerrymandering traditionalists had warned leftists (and argued in court) that bringing back gerrymandering would have exactly that consequence.
Likewise, non-leftists have warned for years that the increasingly broad and vague definitions of sex crimes exposed men to “lawfare” attacks from unprincipled women while doing little to protect real victims. Now we have a crystal-clear and prominent case of exactly the kind of abuse of law that non-leftists warned about.
I think it is clear from the facts available that Assange is guilty of nothing more than being a man-slut who has been exploiting his international fame to get laid as many times by as many women as he can. He’s just a self-indulgent prick who treats women like objects and he uses adoring leftwing crowds as hunting grounds to rack up his conquests.
The most likely scenario is that two women had sex within him because they were essentially political groupies who wanted to screw someone famous. When they each found out that they were not his one-and-only, they decided to get revenge using Sweden’s ridiculous laws.
But wait, couldn’t this all be a sinister CIA plot? Man, I wish. Imagine how great it would be that the CIA had the reach and competence to pull something like this off. Imagine subverting Sweden! Hell, we couldn’t get them on board against the Nazis or Soviets and they’ve been sneering down at us from their self-imagined moral superiority for the last 70 years while selling weapons to anyone with a checkbook, no questions asked. Yet we just snapped our fingers and got them to file trumped-up misdemeanor charges against some little terrorist enabler. I can only dream we could pull that off.
However, the important lesson here is this: Even if the CIA did successfully target Assange they couldn’t have done so if idiot leftists hadn’t fashioned the law the CIA used as its weapon. If Sweden had never been so dumb as to invest so much broad and vague power in the state, the CIA could never have used that power to trip up Assange is the first place.
If the left had never cobbled together their crappy little petard and never placed it against the imaginary walls of the “patriarchy,” it would have never existed to hoist their current heartthrob into the clink. They chose to use the violence-based power of the state to address increasingly minor episodes in the battle of the sexes until it reached the point that they criminalized being a promiscuous jerk (and there are a lot of leftwing promiscuous jerks). They never considered how such power could be turned against them. They never learn that state power is inherently dangerous and unpredictable, and therefore should never be used save when absolutely necessary.
I like to think that some leftists somewhere will learn a lesson from this episode but history suggests that few if any will.