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Quote Of The Day: Fort Hood Massacre Edition

by @ 2:52 pm on November 6, 2009. Filed under In The News

Steven Taylor says what I’m thinking:

It strikes me at this stage that trying to generalize from this event about a particular class of persons is no different than taking the Oklahoma City Bombing and assuming that because a right-wing white male was the perpetrator that there ought to be some blanket assumptions that could automatically be made. Or, perhaps a better analogy, those who have tried to blame things like abortion clinic bombings or anti-gay violence on conservative Christianity. In the absence of an actual organization directly advocating and planning specific violence, the responsibility for an event like this falls squarely on the shoulders of the person who engaged in the violence, and blaming others (based on religion, ethnicity or anything else) is blatantly unfair.

And yet, people are making wild assertions about the event, as if we really can know much of anything less than 24 hours after the event.


H/T: Alex Knapp

3 Responses to “Quote Of The Day: Fort Hood Massacre Edition”

  1. John Burke says:

    Here’s the obvious difference, Doug. If McVeigh’s act of mass violence had kicked off (or been preceded by) a string of other violent attacks by right-wing extremists, we would certainly be well advised to keep a closer eye on right-wing extremists — infiltrate their groups with FBI informers, etc. Perhaps authorities do some of that anyway out of an abundance of caution.

    But the US and US facilities and Americans abroad have now been attacked literally scores of times over a period of many years at great loss of life. These attacks and plots to launch attacks keep coming. There have been 24 broken up inside the US just since 9/11. And dozens more in Europe and elsewhere.

    This amounts to a strategic threat to te US and its interests around the world. In that context, it’s especially disturbing that there are violence-prone Muslims in the US, even if they number a tiny fraction of one percent of the millions of US-born and immigrant Muslims in our society. A few hundred such individuals can wreak a great deal of havoc. That is, in fact, why the FBI and others keep close tabs on mosques and other Muslim associations where real or potential jihadists often are to be found (we all should hope that there is at least one FBI informant in the mix).

    The notion that we can’t face up to this reality and at the same time keep our good sense about us, understanding that most, even 99-plus percent, of American Muslims are absolutely no threat to anyone, serve valiantly in our armed forces, and are just as likely to be killed by terrorists as the rest of us is, frankly, ludicrous.

  2. James Young says:

    I believe it’s a mistake to discount the possible role of Islamist ideology in the attack.

    Then, of course, there’s the advertising slogan (which I’ve always hated): “An Army of one.”

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