"Alas, it was not to be," Mr. Fleming continues. "The revelation that the suspects are, in fact, Chechen must be a real blow to Barney Frank, Harry Reid, and all the other enemies of what is left of American liberty." So, the left-liberals' much hoped-for crackdown on rural America will have to wait. Mr. Sirota is at least partially right, however, in pointing out this "double standard" in his article's subtitle: "White terrorists are dealt with as lone wolves, Islamists are existential threats."
White terrorists have been lone wolves; Timothy McVeigh, who said "science is my religion," was not even a member of an organized religion. Sorry Hitlery, but there is no "vast right-wing conspiracy." These Caucasian brothers were probably lone wolves as well, but were at least members of a somewhat organized religion. [It is telling that when you hear on the radio relatives saying that the older brother had become "very religious" in recent years how ominous it sounds, which it would not, let's be honest, speaking of a Christian.]
Where Mr. Sirota is right is that even if this attack had been carried out by Al-Qaeda itself, it would not represent an "existential threat," if by that phrase we mean a threat to our existence and not something to do with Existentialism. Islam conquer America by the sword? Hah!
Islamic terrorism would be deprived of its motive if we only followed the advice given us by The Founder, in Washington's Farewell Address: "The great rule of conduct for us, in regard to foreign nations, is, in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connexion as possible." Leave both the House of Saud and the "Zionist entity" to their own devices and disengage from the entire God-forsaken region. If they want to sell us their stuff or buy ours or come to our schools (and then go home), no problem. American pundits who feel strongly about Saddam Hussein, Libya, or Syria can please spare the rest of us and go intervene as private citizens. Leave the rest of us out of your personal crusades.
Apparently, a terrorist attack perpetrated by two men from an ethnicity and a religion disproportionately responsible for terrorism doesn't make sense as it would have had been the White Americans he so obviously hated. And while he now laments that "the whole episode becomes another excuse to limit civil liberties" that is precisely what would have happened had the terrorists been White Americans.