Burt Prelutsky

As for Mr. Hassan, some people have wondered why he’s only being charged with second-degree murder, while others are naturally puzzled by the fact his grisly crime hasn’t captured more media attention. While I can’t claim to know the answers, I am willing to hazard a guess. Even though nobody, aside from a defense attorney, would dare suggest that it wasn’t a clear-cut case of premeditated murder, I suspect Hassan has been charged with the lesser crime because, as is often the case, a double standard is in play. It’s as if, in spite of all our lip service to the contrary, we all know that people given to suicide bombings, treating women as chattel and honor killings, are not really civilized -- and therefore can not be judged by civilized standards.

As for the fact that the media hasn’t given this story the gruesome attention one would normally expect, the most obvious answer is that the MSM is as lily-livered as the English government when it comes to offending Islamics.

Believe me, if Mr. Hassan had been a Christian, he’d have gotten more coverage than Obama’s trillion dollar redistribution of wealth, and long before now we’d all know how to spell Muzzammil.