A couple of years ago, I was a regular (read “daily”) reader of Andrew Sullivan’s The Daily Dish. Andrew, I believed, did a wonderful job blogging about conservatism, the war on terror and, of course, domestic politics.
Gradually, however, my surfing behavior changed. The reason was that while Andrew once was a tremendous representative of British conservatism, he lost his magic during George W. Bush’s second term. First he started to go after Bush and his Vice President Dick Cheney, next he joined the dark side of the force by becoming a propagandist for the left wing of the Democratic Party.
Today I visited his site again to read a post he wrote entitled “Joe Stack’s Manifesto.” And, to my surprise, I had to admit it was a pretty good one. He explained that Stack was a terrorist because he was upset with the U.S. government and believed that the only way to change the way the country is governed was by committing an act of violence. Sure, his manifesto may have sounded crazy to the sane among us, but he clearly believed in what he wrote nonetheless and he had a goal. See these quotes from his manifesto:
“Yes, strike fear into the government.” …
“I can only hope that the numbers quickly get too big to be white washed and ignored that the American zombies wake up and revolt; it will take nothing less. I would only hope that by striking a nerve that stimulates the inevitable double standard, knee-jerk government reaction that results in more stupid draconian restrictions people wake up and begin to see the pompous political thugs and their mindless minions for what they are. Sadly, though I spent my entire life trying to believe it wasn’t so, but violence not only is the answer, it is the only answer.”
A terrorist is someone who uses terrorism or violence to influence the government (see, for instance, his “yes, strike fear into the government” remark). Thus, Stack was technically a terrorist.
So I was going to praise Andrew until I read the last paragraph of his post, that ended up serving as a reminder of why I stopped taking Andrew seriously:
Terrorism is terrorism whoever does it. Torture is torture whoever does it. Murder is murder whoever does it. Just as I oppose affirmative action and hate crime laws, which make specious distinction on the basis of race and other characteristics, so I oppose making any distinction on those grounds when describing terrorism. That, I think, is a conservative position. And Fox News is not a conservative news organization. It is, in many ways, a racist and xenophobic one whose double standards are a result of pure prejudice not reason.
Oh my God. Why did you have to ruin an otherwise perfectly fine post with those last two sentences Andrew? Why man, why? You should really stop reading the Democratic Underground (which is one of the favorite websites for members of not just the far-left, but the far-far-left). You’re only discrediting yourself (and the magazine you work for, incidentally).
Why does race need to be brought up? It has nothing whatsoever to do with this. No, it’s about violence, ideologies and about one’s definition (and understanding) of terrorism. Fox will undoubtedly start calling Stack a terrorist once they understand what he wrote in his manifesto and why he did what he did. Oh, by the way Andrew, Muslim extremists – or Muslim terrorists – don’t belong to a particular race or nationality. Muslim extremism is an ideology, not an indicator of race. Remember Adam Gadahn? Yeah, he was white, yet called a “terrorist” by Fox News.
As if that’s not bad enough, if you actually searched for Fox News reports on the IRA – the terrorist organization you also mention in your post – you’ll see that this news organization calls them terrorists as well. This even though the IRA are white and, yes, Christian. So not only was it useless to bring up race, you actually made a fool of yourself by doing so.
It’s utterly amazing and quite sad that a man who was once “one of us” – a staunch, convinced conservative – is now actually using the race card against Fox News; which could very well be the only news channel that takes the threat Jihadists (or extremist Muslims) pose serious and which is definitely the only one that isn’t controlled by leftists pretending to be journalists.