Politically Incorrect Questions in Context of the AZ Shooting

The following was my Op-Ed at Yeshiva World News Sunday afternoon

Before it was even clear if Democrat Congressperson Gabrielle Giffords survived the shooting, members of the media and press were already pointing to Palin and to Anti-Obamacare rhetoric that caused the shooting.

Let us put aside the fact that Giffords was only one of nineteen Dems to vote last week against Pelosi being Speaker, in addition to Giffords owning a gun and asking Obama to send troops to the border. Instead, let us – like “professional” media people ate doing – play politics when the blood is still being collected from the scene, and ask the following:

  • When debating with Liberals as to why we don’t focus on the most likely suspects of international terrorists, such as radical, young, male Muslims, the Left points to the Oklahoma bombing of 1995 as “proof” that Whites also commit terror acts, and as such everyone needs to be treated as equal suspects. Indeed, Saturday’s story plays into this theme. But it begs the question: If three mass terror acts by Whites in a span of fifteen years (including the 1999 Columbine massacre) is enough to keep Whites as ongoing suspects at airports, etc, how many more terror acts and plots would it take for Radical Muslims to commit before they are treated as potential threats, and perhaps 9-1 threats versus Whites?

 

  • After Arizona passed its tough Immigration Laws, rioting and vandalism broke out, including the smearing of swastikas on Arizona’s Capital. The smearing “was sparked by the newly signed anti-illegal-immigration law,” reported a news site. The questions is: When are the actions of politicians – such as being tough on illegal immigration – at fault for “sparking” violence, and when are opponents of a law – say opponents of Obamacare, a law supported by Giffords – at fault for violence?

 

  • Similarly, members of the Left, after 9/11, instead of blaming radicals for the acts, were asking “why do they hate us?,” as if it is America who needs to correct its ways not to be hated. Will Democrats – in the wake of the shooting – ask “why do they (some in the American population) hate us?” or will Palin, Limbaugh, opponents of Obamacare, supports of the Arizona Immigration law, continued to be faulted for the shooting? If it will be the latter, when will the Left stop blaming the USA for the 9/11 and other attacks, and instead blame those who drive others to commit the acts and/or blame those who actually to it?

 

In closing: as of this point, I don’t think that the Saturday shooting was driven by a sane, young person who opposed from the Right the Congressperson’s political acts. However, the above questions are asked only in the context as how the Left is spinning the story as of now.

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