Barbarians in the Mideast, and in the Midwest

Looking at the murderous rampage committed in response to the latest Koran-burning incident, Ed Morrissey made an observation with which I completely agree:

The only people responsible for murders are those who commit them, and those who specifically incite them to kill.  Any other position eventually wipes out free speech, free religious practice, and freedom altogether.  If we held others responsible for the acts of every nutcase whose violent reactions may or may not have connections to something they did or said, we would have no speech at all -- a point we made repeatedly during the Left's Loughner frenzy, which they conveniently forgot during the Madison protests.

They conveniently forget a lot, don't they?

If right wing nutcases had behaved this way, they'd be screaming that the eliminationist rhetoric of people like Rush Limbaugh drove them to it:

According to the criminal complaint, Windels allegedly sent an email threat to State Sen. Robert Cowles (R-Green Bay) March 9. Later that evening, she allegedly sent another email to 15 Republican legislators, including Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau).

The subject line of the second email was: "Atten: Death Threat!!!! Bomb!!!" In that email, she purportedly wrote, "Please put your things in order because you will be killed and your families will also be killed due to your actions in the last 8 weeks."

"I hope you have a good time in hell," she allegedly wrote in the lengthy email in which she purportedly listed scenarios in which the legislators and their families would die, including bombings and by "putting a nice little bullet in your head."

Now, I am not blaming Media Matters, Bill Maher, Keith Olbermann, or any of the leftist mouthpieces who are into fuming and inciting the mob.

Those who make the threats are those who make the threats.

But I do think it's worth noting that similar left-wing nutjobs are making similar death threats here in Michigan:

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy received numerous death threats and bomb threats in the aftermath of national publicity about a Freedom of Information Act request it sent to three public universities.

The messages were left on the Center's voice mail Thursday night and early Friday morning, but it is unclear at this point if one or two women were responsible for the threats.

Mackinac Center President Joseph Lehman said the Mackinac Center has contacted law enforcement about the threats.

"We, along with the authorities, are doing everything necessary to protect ourselves," Lehman said. "No threats will prevent us from showing the public how universities spend tax dollars."

There were five messages left containing death or bomb threats. Four of them appear to be from the same caller. A fifth message was from a woman who left a death threat and, unlike the previous caller, left her name and indicated she lived in a neighboring state. It was unclear if the second caller was the same as the first caller.

In one message, a female voice said: "Scotty Walker is dead. So are you. We know where you live." The woman then recited the Mackinac Center's address and said, "We are coming up to destroy you."

In another message, a female who left her name said: "You are on Main Street. You are the first place to be bombed."

In another message, a female voice said: "We are going to destroy everybody. We are going to destroy all of you. All of you die. Midland, Michigan. Get ready. We are going to destroy all of you."

Lovely. And remember, that is not a response to the desecration of a revered holy book, but to a mere Freedom of Information request.

Granted, deranged leftist idiots haven't gone from death threats to actual killings as in Aghanistan, but the way the left carries on, you'd think they had a total a monopoly on virtue.

The repeated calls for murder are nothing more than a form of barbarianism, differing only in degree from the actual murders in Afghanistan. 

I blame the perps. Not leaders who may have made them feel justified, much less their political enemies.

But I can't turn a blind eye to the fact that they are deranged barbarians, and that they utterly refuse to accept responsibility for their actions, instead blaming their adversaries.

Nor can I ignore the fact that they have supporters.

posted by Eric on 04.02.11 at 09:21 PM


The Copperheads have been acting this way for decades. You just noticed?

This is why I'm certain there's a second Civil War in our future. Copperheads want ALL of us on the collective plantation. Not going peacefully.

SDN   ·  April 3, 2011 10:10 AM

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