Monday, April 19, 2010

Terrorism: Foreign and Domestic

Alpheus:
I hear a lot of murmurs on the Left lately to the effect that the anti-government feelings of the Tea Parties might erupt in violence.

I admit this has me worried. I mean, what if those Tea Partiers break into my home and force me, at gun point, to buy health insurance whether I want it or not?

There's something that bugs me about the Left's portrayal of the Tea Partiers and violence. The Left argues that somebody like Timothy McVeigh could come out of the Tea Party. Some say that theguy who crashed a plane into an IRS building is already proof. Then there's the Homeland Security warnings a year ago to be vigilant about people on the Right. I've even personally heard from people who are on the political Left that they are more afraid of homegrown terrorist than al-Qaeda, which is crazy I think.

Listen, what McVeigh did was a horrible mass murder in which hundreds of people, including children, died. There's no excusing that. A similar thing applies to the guy who flew into the IRS building. But the average American has almost nothing to fear from them or their imitators. Their enemy is the Federal government, not the people. This doesn't make it right because it certainly isn't. It's immoral murder. Nevertheless, it makes them far less a threat to the average person on the street than al-Qaeda. Sure, that doesn't help if you work for the Feds or in a Federal building, but it just doesn't make sense within the ideology of the homegrown terrorists to attack the average American. It does for al-Qaeda.

On a related note, and one I think I've made here before but is nonetheless controversial, I don't view the bombings of the USS Cole or other military targets as terrorist acts. If you declare war on the United States, then it only makes sense that you'd attack or military. Now, there are problems on whether a non-state actor can declare war and whathaveyou, but ultimately, while I hate seeing our men and women in uniform die, it is far more legitimate to attack a warship than a shopping mall.

While I balk at expanding the logic more broadly, as the homegrown terrorists do, to the civilian apparatus of the government, it still stands that if the Tea Party worldview spawned a terrorist, although I seriously doubt it's a threat, the American people are the victims, the oppressed, certainly not the enemy. The same is not the case for foreign terrorists. Therefore, pretty much only federal workers have to worry about them. Now, that's cold comfort to the federal workers I know, but it's a more isolated threat than al-Qaeda. Yet, I know people on the Left who mistakenly equate them, and are even more afraid of the wrong people.

If you pressed me, then I'd say Lefties dislike white men more than anybody else and that distorts their perception. But I know that's not fair and only contains a tiny sliver of truth.

3 comments:

George Pal said...

The Left’s rationale has all the conclusiveness of quantum super-positions and all circumstances are super determinant.

A disrupting volcanic eruption two years ago would have been Bush’s fault; today it’s just a force majeure of nature.

Resentments in one case (Palestinian?) and attendant responses (terror/murder) are understandable - what else is to be expected; in another - Tea Partiers' rallies with placards and speeches - they are beyond the pale and stink of treason.

My speech might incite violence and must be curtailed; abortion incites violence but must be expanded.

With the Left, nothing can be determined until they open up the top of their heads and take the measure of the circumstance.

Anonymous said...

Per:

"There's something that bugs me about the Left's portrayal of the Tea Partiers and violence. The Left argues that somebody like Timothy McVeigh could come out of the Tea Party. Some say that theguy who crashed a plane into an IRS building is already proof. Then there's the Homeland Security warnings a year ago to be vigilant about people on the Right. I've even personally heard from people who are on the political Left that they are more afraid of homegrown terrorist than al-Qaeda, which is crazy I think."

There's a psychological term for what we are witnessing - projection. Projection is employed by crazy people so you are right to think this is crazy.

Bill Ayers grew out of the sixties student protest movement. That's the elephant in the living room.

Making the tea partiers out to be violent is nothing more than classic projection. According to latest stats, tea partiers tend to be over age 45 and have more college education than the country at large which proves another myth of the Left is not truth. Not all of the 60's college kids were hate-filled youth and protesting the country. More than that, most of those who protested, did it to get the drugs and free sex. Yeah the Vietnam War bugged them but not enough to blow up the Pentagon, Fort Dix or their parent's Greenwich Village townhouse.

You have to be really hate-filled and twisted to do that.

And to choose to launch your political career in the living room of the unrepentant, hate-filled and twisted elephant, Bill Ayers and his lovely wife Brutus, can only mean on some level, you're as hate-filled and twisted as they are.

It would a decent person the creeps to be in the same room as those two.

Yes, politicians are rarely decent, but still...the association should have given great pause. Especially the one between the wives...





Mrs. P

dance said...

It sounds like you're conceding the point that the Tea Party may produce violence, and assuming that fear of the Tea Party is only/mainly about fear that oneself might personally be killed.

 
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