A Boston Globe op-ed by Harvard professor Harvey Cox: "If some seem ready to die for faith, others are ready to kill for it, gunning down abortion doctors in church, hijacking planes, and exploding bombs at weddings." On CBS, Bob Schieffer energetically sought full moral equivalence: "And you know Islam doesn't have a majority -- or the Christian religion has its full, you know, full helping of nuts, too."
THEME: Blame someone other than the shooter for shooting.
Schieffer grew much more annoying, suggesting that this killing was all the Army's fault, that "this shows the Army still does not take protecting soldiers' mental health as seriously as it does training them to shoot." It was the Army's fault for not seeing that this was a radical Muslim who could be a danger to others. This kind of arrogance -- sitting on a throne of 20-20 hindsight and demeaning our military -- explains why the media's favorability ratings have gone into the toilet.
If the Army had removed Hasan before his mass murder, Bob Schieffer and the other anchors would have been standing shoulder to shoulder with the ACLU people and the CAIR crowd suggesting anti-Muslim bigotry. These anchormen thought the Constitution was being shredded when the Bush administration attempted to intercept messages between bad guys here and al-Qaida abroad. That was unhealthy "domestic spying." They have forfeited their right to question the military now. In their idealistic vision, we would have all remained ignorant of Hasan's phone calls, and completely vulnerable to his rampages.
Even now, some media liberals were astonishing in the aftermath of this Islamic terrorism -- and that is precisely what it was. Jaws dropped at the idiocy of Chris Matthews on MSNBC when he proclaimed, "Apparently, he tried to contact al-Qaida. Is that the point at which you say, 'This guy is dangerous?' That's not a crime to call up al-Qaida, is it? Is it? I mean, where do you stop the guy?"
Answer to the well-paid idiot: Before he kills Americans on a military base.
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