Wednesday, June 10, 2009
I believe that anyone who promotes further murders like Dr. Tiller or the guard at the holocaust museum are guilty of terrorism. As a Muslim blogger wrote about the Tiller murder:
On the other hand, anyone who tries to label the maniacs who committed the murders as "right wingers" is painting with too wide a brush.
Two men commit murder with the goal of influencing government policy in the United States. The crimes occur one day apart. Both are religiously motivated. The Muslim is charged with terrorism. The Christian is not.
The murders - and the prevention of potential future attacks - are part of an important law enforcement issue. But just as it was insane to invade Iraq based upon a false linkage with 9/11, it would be insane to try to label millions of Americans as being dangerous just because they are republicans, or liberals or any other group.
Remember, many on the left say that the people and the treasury are being looted by the big corporations and fat cats. See this, this and this. So don't fall for the old divide and conquer trick of trying to distract from the populist anger which both the right and the left righteously feel at being ripped off.
And the fact that the guy who murdered the guard is anti-semitic does not mean that everyone who questions Israel's oppressive policies is a bad guy. Remember, many Israeli citizens question their government's actions.
And the fact that the murderer previously tried to take Federal Reserve employees hostage does not mean that everyone who criticizes the Federal Reserve is crazy. Indeed, many high-level Federal Reserve officials themselves criticize the Fed's actions.
Finally, don't buy Glenn Beck's shallow attempt to link the Holocaust Museum murderer with 9/11 truthers. Geraldo Rivera previously tried to do the exact same thing in connection with the Times Square bombing, and failed miserably. And the Simon Weisenthal Center previously accused credible 9/11 truth organizations of being terrorists, or at least helping to radicalize people into becoming terrorists.
In reality, psychiatrists and psychologists have said that 9/11 truth activists are sane, and even the 9/11 Commissioners themselves no longer believe the government's version of 9/11. Should we really label the high level military leaders, intelligence professionals, Congressmen, FBI officials and legal scholars who doubt the government's version of 9/11 as terrorists?
In fact, the government labels anyone who disagrees with it a "terrorist", and government apologists are eager to label anyone "taking a cynical stance toward politics, mistrusting authority, endorsing democratic practices, ... and displaying an inquisitive, imaginative outlook" as worthy of a Stalinist trip to the insane asylum.The overwhelming majority of people who protest the aggressive actions of the government of Israel, the Federal Reserve's policies, or the official explanation of 9/11 are peaceful grandparents, mothers, father, ministers, lawyers, doctors, accountants, firefighters, children and other healthy, stable people.
Don't paint with the same with-us-or-against-us broad brush that George W. Bush did. Judge individuals on a case-by-case basis.