Friday, November 6, 2009

More on Ft. Hood

(media matters provides the video)

We still have a lot of unclears, but Steve Benen points out many are prone to make the mistake of jumping to conclusions to fit our bigotry as our Fox & Friends crew are wont to do and Allen West of NRCC Florida as well.

On "Fox & Friends" this morning, the hosts speculated about the need for "special screenings" of Muslim officers in the U.S. military. It follows a certain child-like reasoning -- Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan went on a deadly rampage yesterday, shooting 43 people. Hasan is Muslim. Therefore, Muslims in uniform may be untrustworthy.

It is more fear the brown people and it is unhealthy in our discourse in trying to find out why all this happened. And some have jumped too far, as West stated that the "enemy is infiltrating our military. Our soldiers are being brainwashed." It is safe to say this is absolute nonsense, but unfortunately it is a shared thought process by many. Check Twitter, checks the blogs on the Right *cough Malkin.

Spencer Ackerman speaks teh truth:

To make a point no one should have to make: earlier this year, a deranged Army sergeant named John Russell opened fire near a combat stress clinic — sound familiar? — at Baghdad’s Camp Liberty and killed five of his fellow soldiers. No one speculated about any religious motivations. No one suggested he was part of an enemy “infiltration,” or suggested that U.S. troops have been “brainwashed.” Everyone understood that Russell was a deranged lunatic, not an advance scout for a conspiracy to subvert the military internally. It’s funny how double standards work.

Actually, no. It’s disgusting.

Can't we hold our horses, calm down and look at all the facts as they are revealed instead of crap like this? People lose their shit everyday, in fact it has been happnening in schools, work places, malls and military is a tragedy, but we should be careful before we judge an entire religion or people.

I am Frank Chow and I approved this message

Update: A Tiny Revolution adds a little twist:

White Skin Privilege is Sweet! SWEET!

There are many great things about being part of the white majority, but one of my favorites is that I don't have to release a statement condemning it every time some white guy somewhere shoots people.

—Jonathan Schwarz

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