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New York Times: Not Fit to Line the Cage of Any Self-Respecting Parakeet

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?

 

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  • https://twitter.com/darthlevin darthlevin

    Obviously, the answer to both of your exit questions is, “Shut up, racist.”

    But at least the answer isn’t, “Shut up, thought criminal, and get in the boxcar.” At least, not yet.

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  • Escher’s House

    There are muslims who are enlisting in our armed forces primarily for the purposes of military training.

    There are Latino gang members enlisting for a variety of reasons, but the military training doesn’t come far down the list.

  • Escher’s House

    There are muslims who are enlisting in our armed forces primarily for the purposes of military training.

    There are Latino gang members enlisting for a variety of reasons, but the military training doesn’t come far down the list.

  • JeffS

    That’s been a concern for years (it was so when I was in the Illinois Guard, in the late 1980s), and not only is it NOT limited to Latino gangs, many are in fact enlisting for the military training.

    So the problem is wider and deeper than you imply.

  • maniakmedic

    A person screaming “Allahu akhbar!” definitely has no connection to Islam, but a person who says “Heil Hitler!” is totally representing everybody who has ever served in the military.

    Makes perfect sense. If you’re high. And an idiot.

  • maniakmedic

    Not yet? Heck, most leftists are pretty darn comfortable pointing out in op-eds and “news” articles how they think anybody who doesn’t toe the leftist utopian bullshit line should, at minimum, be thrown into jail. For the children, of course.

  • OldmanRick

    Come on the Times has become nothing more than a slobbering, blithering rag that panders to the whims of the Marxist left. It’s typical 1960 – 1970 communist propaganda.

  • Jeanette Victoria

    You left out progressive/liberal

  • Jeanette Victoria

    Here you go a deranged hateful liberal/progressive who and hates teabagger claims to have interned at Jewish Family & Children Services in the offices in Village Shalom but blames RWNJ’s for the hate and violence

  • Escher’s House

    Some have taken that military training with them and become employees of the cartels.

  • maniakmedic

    I knew I was missing something.

  • http://thecampofthesaints.org Bob Belvedere

    Two words: Walter Duranty.

    It’s who they are; it’s what they do.

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  • Unknown Commentator

    I’ve this nasty one’s posts, quite the poser isn’t she?