Friday, June 5, 2009

Malkin Award Nomination

Andrew Sullivan writes:

Malkin is pretty much on point here, I'd say:

Dr. Tiller's suspected murderer, Scott Roeder, is white, Christian, anti-government and anti-abortion. The gunman in the military-recruitment-center attack, Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, is black, a Muslim convert, anti-military and anti-American. Both crimes are despicable, cowardly acts of domestic terrorism. But the disparate treatment of the two brutal cases by the White House and the media is striking.

I plead guilty, but not out of deliberate bias. The Tiller story gripped this blog and its readers and the Cairo speech dominated the rest of the week. But I should have done better. I agree that both crimes are terrorism, and that they deserve equal concern and scrutiny.

There’s a major political movement in the United States that constantly calls soldiers “murderers”, right? Because you can’t go to a recruiting center anywhere in the country without a crowd waving dead-baby pictures and calling recruits murderers, right? Because there are US senators who want to criminalize being a solider, right? And because the soldiers who were murdered by Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad were the subject of multiple “Special Comments” by Keith Olbermann where he called them baby-killers and threatened them with fire and damnation for doing their jobs, right?

C'mon Andrew! Sure it was an attempt at terrorism, but was it really equivalent? Not even close. The only equivalence is that they were both carried out by lone gunmen. When the US Congress has one member ready to criminalize enlisting in the US military we can talk. Until then you may want to rethink your opinion. You do have a Malkin Award for very good reason. 

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