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Friday, November 6, 2009

So, Mr. Krugman, Who Incited This Violence?

Paul Krugman has been a leader in the movement among NY Times columnists and left-wing bloggers to demean and isolate the conservative movement by claiming that harsh criticisms of Barack Obama's policies not only are racist, but also incite right-wing violence.

In the aftermath of the shooting at the Holocaust Museum in June by an elderly racist nutcase acting alone, Krugman opined that there was no difference between mainstream conservatives and the "black helicopter" crowd:

Today, as in the early years of the Clinton administration but to an even greater extent, right-wing extremism is being systematically fed by the conservative media and political establishment....

And at this point, whatever dividing line there was between mainstream conservatism and the black-helicopter crowd seems to have been virtually erased....

What will the consequences be? Nobody knows, of course, although the analysts at Homeland Security fretted that things may turn out even worse than in the 1990s — that thanks, in part, to the election of an African-American president, “the threat posed by lone wolves and small terrorist cells is more pronounced than in past years.”

And that’s a threat to take seriously. Yes, the worst terrorist attack in our history was perpetrated by a foreign conspiracy. But the second worst, the Oklahoma City bombing, was perpetrated by an all-American lunatic. Politicians and media organizations wind up such people at their, and our, peril.

So I'm waiting for Krugman's column about the Fort Hood shooting, to see how he will tie that mass murder to something right-wing. While the evidence is not conclusive yet, it appears that Krugman will have a hard time pinning it on "right-wing extremists" and "mainstream conservatives," not that he won't try.

I have a novel idea. How about we blame the shooter for the killing?

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  1. Right-wing fundamentalist (possibly but in no way related Muslim) violence

  2. Now surely, Mr. Jacobson, you do not expect the Times to do anything but seize on the shooter's relative who was complaining about harassment the shooter faced from peers about his religion?

  3. jawats,

    I heard that, then I heard about how he was selling off all of his furniture. The only time I heard of that is when you don't plan on coming back. Unfortunately for him it didn't work. I really hope he survives so he can be punished appropriately.

    He knew what he was doing. He knew he was likely to die and he did it anyway. A despicable person. Not that I believe he was harassed, but even if he was, that was NO reason to go around methodically killing people. And if they try to use that as an out, I'm going to be pissed.

  4. It was the narrow minded hatred of the conservatives who pushed poor peaceful Nidal Mohammed Hasan to this unfortunate act. They laughed at him when he walked around in his nightgown etc.

    Question. If the koran is too sacred to be touched by American soldiers at Guantanamo without wearing gloves and using tweezers, how was it not haram for Nidal Hasan to give out copies to strangers/infidels?

  5. Apparently Krugman hasn't read The Third Terrorist by Jayna Davis, a local TV reporter who covered the OK bombing. In that book she reports that they had around 250 people legally deposed who saw those two rednecks consorting with men of Middle Eastern descent in the weeks leading up to the bombing and even running from the scene of the crime. It was covered up by the mainstream media. Wonder why no one talks about this?

  6. I wonder how long it will be before Obama acknowleges the incredible act of courage on the part of Kim Munley that kept this from being so much worse? Or whether he's even given her a call?