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The Leftist's Wetdream

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Submitted by Stan (United States), May 4, 2010 at 21:36

It was not at all surprising to observe the left's passion (obsession) toward the possibility that the perpetrator of this failed attack was a "white male, in his mid 40's." Even to this day, Timothy McVeigh is heralded as an exemplar par excellence, and lasting testament of the leftist maxim that "terrorists come from all creeds and cultures." Most still consider McVeigh to have been a devout and practicing Christian, one whose attack was a clear demonstration that whatever instigative force of destruction is manifest within the Qur'an, it is equally present in the Bible.

Of course, McVeigh was not a Christian. He openly derided Christianity, and professed to have been disillusioned with such ridiculous doctrine, preferring to follow instead in the path of science. However, that "little" discrepancy regarding McVeigh's personal convictions is not so much relevant as is the fact that the Left has anchored upon this man as the singular counterweight to every Muslim that has, or ever will again perpetrate a terrorist attack.

As you mention Dr. Pipes, the scorecard is quite one sided: 15,238 to 1. But the overwhelming empirical evidence of course does nothing to contravene the left's founding principle: If you can find even one example of a White, non-Muslim man committing a comparable crime, then there is no longer any conceivable merit in suggesting that Muslims are almost exclusively to blame for this phenomenon. This pattern of encapsulated thinking is the result of one man who did not fit the Jihadist profile. Imagine the Leftist glee had the Times Square Bomber fallen outside of the typical Jihadist profile. One can almost sense that Barack Obama himself would have given a very detailed speech about the need for vigilance, but most importantly, about the need to realize that a strict observance of religion, culture, and personal belief does not singularly implicate Islam as a determinative factor in the rise of terrorism. I surmise we would hear such a speech even if this fabled White Man wasn't a Christian. I will even suggest that had Faisal been a White Muslim convert, the Left would nonetheless seize upon that fact as an opportunity to point out how racial and cultural profiling is a useless practice, and would likely conclude by praising Islam for crossing "traditional boundaries of racial and cultural separation." Had the Leftist wish (yes, that suicidal passion) translated into a reality, the score would have been set firmly at 15,238 to 2.

Yet even such marginal gains would have been exploited to the point of Leftist speakers and pundits proudly emphasizing that the latest atrocity by Mr. White Man translates into a 100% increase in the number of number of terrorist acts committed by non-Muslims. And with such strong numbers, and such convincing evidence at their side, any implication of an Islamic tendency for Jihad would have completely vanished from public discourse. Of course, at the end of the day, when reality sets in .... the Muslim has again been implicated, or should I say .... victimized. Only in a state proudly housing an asinine and suicidal socio-political movement, would the crimes of one White, non-Muslim man eclipse the severity of thousands of others. The problem is that can one scarcely tell these days, what country that would be. It is as likely to be Pakistan as it is the United States.

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