Posted on | April 17, 2014 | 16 Comments
What associations of a mass murderer are most important? In the case of the Boston Marathon bombers, the New York Times didn’t seem to think Islamic extremism was very important, but in the case of the Overland Park Jewish Community Center shooter . . .
The New York Times resolutely refused to see a pattern of jihad on the part of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in its sympathetic front-page Tuesday profile of his prison conditions. Yet on Wednesday the Times ran an op-ed that used an anti-Semitic killer in Kansas to represent the hidden domestic terror threat of military veterans. . . .
Kathleen Belew’s op-ed on anti-Semitic killer Frazier Glenn Miller appeared Wednesday under an offensive headline and illustration, “Veterans and White Supremacy.”
When Frazier Glenn Miller shot and killed three people in Overland Park, Kan., on Sunday, he did so as a soldier of the white power movement: a groundswell that united Klansmen, neo-Nazis and other fringe elements after the Vietnam War, crested with the bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building in 1995, and remains a diminished but potent threat today.
Mr. Miller, the 73-year-old man charged in the killings, had been outspoken about his hatred of Jews, blacks, Communists and immigrants, but it would be a mistake to dismiss him as a crazed outlier. The shootings were consistent with his three decades of participation in organized hate groups. His violence was framed by a clear worldview. . . .
The number of Vietnam veterans in that movement was small — a tiny proportion of those who served — but Vietnam veterans forged the first links between Klansmen and Nazis since World War II. They were central in leading Klan and neo-Nazi groups past the anti-civil rights backlash of the 1960s and toward paramilitary violence. . . . Its members carried weapons like those they had used in Vietnam, and used boot-camp rhetoric to frame their pursuit of domestic enemies. . . .
Before his 1979 discharge for distributing racist literature, Mr. Miller served for 20 years in the Arm, including two tours in Vietnam and service as a Green Beret. . . .
Belew backtracked two decades to bring up Tim McVeigh — make that “Army veteran” Tim McVeigh, before concluding that veterans don’t get sufficient scrutiny as domestic terror threats.
Read the whole thing at Newsbusters. The 9/11 hijackers who killed nearly 3,000 people and took down the World Trade Center? To blame their religion for that act of terrorism would be unfairly prejudicial, you see. But smearing military veterans for the act of a hateful criminal? That’s perfectly acceptable to the New York Times.
Exit Question One: Has the New York Times ever examined Jared Loughner’s obsession with the conspiracy video Zeitgeist?
Exit Question Two: What about terroristic violence — such as the 1981 Nyack armored car robbery — committed by those associated with 1960s left-wing radicals like the Weather Underground?