Just don’t mention Islam or Muslims….
Tim Blair: Â ALLAHU PALIN
When Nidal Malik Hasan murdered 13 people at Fort Hood in November 2009, he offered aÂ loud clue about his motivation:
Eyewitnesses say suspected gunman Nidal Malik Hasan shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ or ‘God is great’ before opening fire …
But few wanted to hear it. The report above, for example, opens with: “The motive for the deadly Fort Hood shooting rampage that has left America reeling is still unclear.” It wasn’t unclear to one of Hasan’s victims, soldier Logan Burnette:
So the guy screams an Islamic oathÂ at the top of his lungs then commences killing people. Nothing to see here, folks. Australian ABC news ran anÂ eight-minute report without once mentioning Hasan’s faith. Barack Obama announced that “weÂ cannot fully know” why Hasan slaughtered so many. Desperate to avoid the screamingly obvious, various media theorised that Hasan may have sufferedÂ post-traumatic stress disorder, pre-traumatic stress disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder by proxy, prospective traumatic stress disorder, compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma or secondary trauma. One problem with all that post-trauma talk: HasanÂ had no trauma to be post of. And as for his Islamic death-screech, theÂ Guardian‘sÂ Michael Tomasky offered a simple explanation:
The fact that Hassan reportedly shouted the above is meant, I suppose, to imply that he was an extremist fanatic.
I’m not sure that it does. My understanding is that it’s something Arab people often shoutÂ before doing something or other. It’s used in many different situations.
Shootings, beheadings, stonings, you name it. No big deal. Nearly a month after the Fort Hood massacre, the NYT’sThomas Friedman finally worked out that Hasan was “just another angry jihadist”. Which was what Hasan tried to tell us from the very beginning.
Now to Tucson, Arizona, where six people are dead and Democrat congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is seriously injured following another gun rampage. Attacker Jared Lee Loughner has thus far offered no clue at all about why he did it. Apparently the fellow is aÂ drug-using gamer whom oneÂ former classmate recalls as “left wing”, a “political radical”, “reclusive”, a “pot head” and “quite liberal”. He’d met Giffords four years ago and thought her “stupid & unintelligent”. Besides that background and Loughner’sÂ MySpace and YouTube rantings, that’s all we have. There’s no “Allahu Akbar” here. Yet â€“ incredibly â€“ many clearly heard a cry of “Allahu Palin”. The UKÂ Telegraph‘sÂ Toby Harnden:
Paul Krugman of the “New York Times” suggests darkly that Giffords was shot because she was “a Democrat who survived what was otherwise a GOP sweep in Arizona” and “violent acts are what happen when you create a climate of hate” (those reponsible for such a climate being, of course, Republicans).
TBogg of FireDogLake wades straight in and blames Sarah Palin for the shooting because of a graphic of crosshairs placed on the districts of moderate Democrats …
Jane Fonda pins it on Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck and the Tea Party.
Krugman’s view: “We don’t have proof yet that this was political, but the odds are that it was.” Who needs proof?Â CBS and Daily Kos also put Palin in the frame. Like their columnist, the NYTÂ isn’t waiting for further evidence:
Regardless of what led to the episode, it quickly focused attention on the degree to which inflammatory language, threats and implicit instigations to violence have become a steady undercurrent in the nation’s political culture.
Such as Barack Obama’s 2008Â statement at a Democrat fundraiser: “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun.” But the NYT is more worried about Palin:
Ms. Giffords was also among a group of Democratic House candidates featured on the Web site of Sarah Palin’s political action committee with cross hairs over their districts, a fact that disturbed Ms. Giffords at the time.
“At the time” being last March. How this map featured in Loughner’s homicidal thinking is anyone’s guess, but it’s currently exhibit A. TheÂ Australian‘sÂ Brad Norington:
Last March, Ms Giffords was among 20 Democrats whose districts were marked on an internet campaign map with a gunsight’s crosshairs as “targets” of mid-term elections of former Republican presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
That would beÂ vice presidential candidate.Â Al Arabiya‘sÂ Ali Younes:
The aftermath of electing the first African American president, coupled with a democratic sweeping wins in the US congress in 2008, created a conservative and right wing backlash that saw threats of violence, increase in extremist groups. Such an environment created a hateful atmosphere that culminated in the shooting of Congresswoman Giffords in Arizona.
That’s the essential picture being sold worldwide.Â Matt Bai in theÂ Age refers to:
Sarah Palin’s infamous ‘’cross-hairs’’ map from last year, which showed a series of contested congressional districts, including Giffords’s, with gun targets trained on them.
The SMH’sÂ Simon Mann:
Commentators pointed to an online map posted by Mrs Palin before the midterm congressional elections last year that used gun cross-hairs to mark the districts of 20 Democrats she wanted to defeat, along with Mrs Palin’s frequent use of shooting metaphors on the campaign trail.
Michael Tomasky â€“ theÂ Guardian muppet who saw nothing noteworthy in Hasan’s pre-shooting “Allahu Akbar” â€“ now sets the evidentiary bar a little lower:
You don’t have to believe that alleged shooter, Jared Loughner, is a card-carrying Tea Party member (he evidently is not) to see some kind of connection between [rightwing] violent rhetoric and what happened in Arizona on Saturday …
He went to considerable expense and trouble to shoot a high-profile Democrat, at point-blank range right through the brain. What else does one need to know?
Nothing, apparently. At aÂ vigil for Giffords in Washington, reporters pushed the Palin line:
Though the vigil was by no means a witch hunt for a culprit, some of the attendees â€“Â often when pressed by reporters â€“ criticized Sarah Palin’s use of a diagram with crosshairs over certain Congressional districts that she saw as targets in the upcoming election.
More from the leftist smear machine:
- CNN Reporter: Palin Part of Rhetoric That ‘Allowed This Kind of Thing to Happen’ Politics
- WatchWashington Post’s Eugene Robinson: Violent Rhetoric Comes Exclusively From The Right
- NY Times’ Krugman Blames Shooting on GOP, ‘Hate-Mongers’ Beck & Limbaugh Media
- WatchArizona Is ‘Mecca for Prejudice and Bigotry’: Sheriff Blames Shootings on TV and Radio ‘Vitriolic Rhetoric’ US
- WatchKeith Olbermann Compares Glenn To Shooter, Calls On Beck To Apologize for His Rhetoric
What a surprise.Â They neglect to mention that The Communist Manifesto andMein Kampf were among the shooter’s favorite books.
- Bob Schieffer: Giffords Shooter Motivated By ‘Dangerous, Inflammatory Words’
- Chicago Sun Times Takes Low Road on Giffords Shooting (Gangland Chicago, what do you expect?)
- Stones, Glass Houses, Etc.: Documenting Liberal Media’s Use of ‘Violent Rhetoric’
- Headline: “Gabrielle Giffords’ Blood Is On Sarah Palin’s Hands”
Never let a good crisis go to waste:
Of course he did. We all know that:
** Obama:Â “They Bring a Knife…We Bring a Gun”
** Obama to His Followers:Â “Get in Their Faces!”
** Obama on ACORN Mobs:Â “I don’t want to quell anger. I think people are right to be angry! I’m angry!”
** Obama to His Mercenary Army:Â “Hit Back Twice As Hard”
** Obama on the private sector: “We talk to these folks… so I know whose ass to kick.“
** Obama to voters: Republican victory would mean “hand to hand combat”
** Obama to lib supporters: “It’s time toÂ Fight for it.”
** Obama to Latino supporters: “Punish your enemies.”
** Obama to democrats: “I’mÂ itching for a fight.”
If the media really wants to improve theÂ “caustic political climate” they may want to start at the White House. Â (Gateway Pundit)
When an adult speaks to a child:
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