Saturday, February 17, 2007

Nope, nope, nope, no terrorism here

I've been following the Salt Lake City shooting stories and although I haven't been able to blog much about them I've definitely noticed a trend: The MainStreamMedia will do their very best to make sure that no one thinks this could possibly be due to terrorism.

When the story first broke, the Media and police were all shaking their heads and saying that no one knew any explanation for his behavior. After his name was released and people made the obvious connection that he was a Muslim, the Media went into full denial mode and began digging up stories about childhood misbehavior that implied he was a psycho. Now the Party Line is that there's absolutely no evidence of terrorism and by the way anyone who even thinks so must be a Right-Wing Christer Bigot.

Nice try, but the connection has already been made, and the fact the police have no explanation for his behavior but know for a certainty it wasn't terrorism makes even more people suspicious that this is political correctness run amok. I would joke that Mr. Talovic could have yelled "Allah Akbar" before he started shooting and could have been wearing a "Kill Infidels" t-shirt and they still wouldn't be calling it terrorism, but I'm afraid of being proven correct in the future. Denial, as they say, isn't just a river in Egypt.

Look, I don't know if this was an act of terrorism, either. But it would seem logical that if there's no other explanation for his behavior then terrorism is just as valid as any other theory. And it's not wholly incompatible with the "disaffected loner" explanation: Mr. Talovic could have been an angry, alienated young man who hated life and wanted to commit suicide and he could have been eager to settle some old scores with Christians and try to verify that 72 Virgins thingy while doing it. The fact that there were no Al-Qaeda training manuals in his bedroom doesn't mean he wasn't a pathetic wannabee.

SLC police chief Burbank said that he's "amazed and concerned" that so many people are "hung up" on the fact that he's a Muslim. That's right, because we all know that Muslims would never commit acts of terrorism in the United States. Nope, no terrorism here, nope, nope nope. None whatsoever. Move along, people.


At 9:30 AM, Blogger The Iconic Midwesterner said...

This reminds me of the muslim who shot up the Jewish center up in Washington. Officials there claimed they had "No idea why he did it."

I hope they can forgive us for being able to put one and one together to get two.

At 8:28 PM, Blogger The Great El-ahrairah said...

Sure, we can't say it was terrorism since that would give BusHitler and his buddy CheneyHaliburton more power.

Since the president has been touting the fact that since 9/11 there have been no terrorist attacks in the US, you would think the MSM would jump at a chance to prove him wrong.


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