Skip to comments.LAT Op/Ed: Are extreme ideologies to blame for violent acts?
Posted on 07/29/2011 1:38:04 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
The Norwegian terror attacks allegedly carried out by right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik present an opportunity for introspection for Muslim-bashers, the Times Editorial Board wrote Tuesday. It is unfair to blame ideological extremists for violent actions, just as tea partiers were unfairly blamed for allegedly inspiring the shooting of Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others in Tucson, the board said.
What [Robert Spencer, operator of the anti-Muslim website Jihad Watch] failed to address is the fact that his site, and others cited by Breivik such as The Gates of Vienna, make a habit of blaming all Muslims for the actions of a minority of violent jihadists. As an example of Spencer's thinking, he wrote in November that the Transportation Security Administration should profile and give extra screening attention to Muslim males at airports, because this is the likeliest group to commit acts of terrorism. One could as easily argue that special attention should be paid to white males. In the wake of the Oklahoma City bombing, the Unabomber's reign of terror, the Tucson shootings and, now, the mass murder in Norway, ..
Conservative pundits are getting back some of what they've been dishing out for years, finding themselves being unfairly blamed for the actions of those who share their ideology but take it to violent extremes. Will this inspire them to treat Muslims more fairly? ..
Readers overwhelmingly disagreed with the boards opinion.
What about introspection on the 10th anniversary of 9/11?
"we do think the horrifying act of terrorism to which Norway's Anders Behring Breivik confessed Monday provides a welcome opportunity for introspection among Muslim-bashers..."
Had Breivik's manifesto been laced with quotes from Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins, then the theology (or lack thereof) of this mad man would have been deemed a non-issue, I'm sure.
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>>Are extreme ideologies to blame for violent acts?<<
Maybe they should ask our founding fathers.
And the attack at Fort Hood is not an opportunity for introspection at all...
Nobody does editorial masturbation better than Pravda on the Pacific.
A Hit piece that you knew we would see. Mention the Nazi Murderer and litter the names “Tea Party”, “Jihad Watch”, “anti-Muslim”, “right wing extremist”, “Muslim bashers” around the article. I am surprised that Free Republic was not thrown in there for good measure.
This guy is a ‘nutcase’, imo , the AZ shooter is as loonie as they come.. I say save us all the aggravation and take ‘em in search of great white sharks and use them as chum...
A well-armed patriot is like a dozen police officers when ya really need ‘em.
The media will make hay out of this for gun control and rights to bear arms agendas,, nothing new there...
Part of a shrinking industry.. must be global cooling. ;-)
>> In the wake of the Oklahoma City bombing, the Unabomber’s reign of terror, the Tucson shootings and, now, the mass murder in Norway, ..
That’s five white men out how many hundreds of millions? Are they really trying to equate this with people that run training camps for jihadists, and raise money for jihadists, and cover for jihadists, and cheer when the jihadists kill innocents?
They don’t even mention the fact that those five had different ideologies that are all over the map, covering the entire spectrum from left to right.
A few “lone gunmen” vs a religious/political movement that has taken over countries. It’s like equating a time when I forgot my passport going to Canada with the mass illegal invasion from the south.
Okay, well then, downsizing by the L.A. Times is all good.
They made it illegal to speak negatively about Islam.
They increased Islamic immigration for their own personal greed and power.
They created this monster.
First, Muslims in general cheered the 911 attacks.
Second, what Muslims didn’t cheer did not condemn those who did cheer or did the actual terrorist act. They were only concerned that the cheering might cause hardship for themselves.
Third, essentially no conservatives cheered Norway’s attack by a mass murdering terrorist nut.
Fourth, essentially all conservatives condemned in no uncertain terms what the Norway terrorist did.
To try to compare the two is dishonest to the core.
Yes, you pieces of garbage murderous-enabler LA Times editors, they are - and you damn well know it.
Or maybe they are correct.
If so, then La Raza is responsible for millions of rapes and murders committed by hispanic terrorist gang members.
If so, then the NAACP is responsible for the millions of rapes and murders committed by black terrorist gang members.
Hey, this blame-game thing is pretty easy.
Waiting to see what drugs he was prescribed.