Saturday, April 20, 2013

Caucasian Terrorists

But not the type left-liberal hack David Sirota and his ilk had hoped for — Let’s hope the Boston Marathon bomber is a white American. The far wiser Thomas Fleming explains that "with the announcement that the primary suspects in the Boston Marathon Massacre were white, anti-American leftists were hoping for the big score, another Tim McVeigh to prove that Tea Partiers and Militiamen are violent terrorists" — Chechen Surprise.

"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.

Update, 11:42 AM, Sunday, April 20, 2013: I read this morning that Mr. Sirota is now at a loss for words — Catastrophe and the Value of Silence. Well, he's not really at a loss for words; he blathers on for several paragraphs about what's "[p]olluting that sacred quiet of the mind is both the haunting boom of the bombs themselves and even worse, the noisy coda that we’ve become so accustomed to."

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.

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