James Poniewozik Dares To Ask The Question

June 11, 2009

The columnist from Time Magazine states as follows (from here)…

Suppose two men committed separate acts of extremist murder in the United States within a month. Suppose the gunmen attacked a church and a national landmark, motivated by politics and religious prejudice, targeting a nationally controversial figure and innocent civilians.

Suppose there was a history of attacks by similarly motivated men in America, ranging from individual shootings and bombings to an act of spectacular violence that destroyed a federal office building.

Suppose two Muslim men had done this.

Is there even a question that we would be using a particular term to describe this behavior? Might reporters and news anchors be terming these horrible acts, say, “terrorism”?

And as the blog of the Southern Poverty Law Center notes here…

Only days before he allegedly shot and killed a security guard at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, James von Brunn transferred the domain name of his racist website to a man in Michigan. Records show that von Brunn, 88, created holywesternempire.com in October 2000, and that Steve Reimink of West Olive, Mich., acquired the domain name around June 1 of this year. The website was designated a hate website by the Southern Poverty Law Center in 2003.

Reimink’s E-mail address, “steveo1488@hotmail.com” includes the symbolic number 1488. In white supremacist circles, 14 refers to the very popular 14-word slogan coined by the late neo-Nazi David Lane: “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.” The letter H is the eighth letter in the alphabet, and 88 often stands for “Heil Hitler.” Reimink’s cell phone was not accepting messages, and he did not respond to an E-mail request for comment.

And as noted here from Daily Kos diarist Angry Mouse about Scott Roeder, the alleged murderer of Dr. George Tiller (still has to be tried, people, so let’s not forget the “a” word)…

“I know there are many other similar events planned around the country as long as abortion remains legal,” Roeder said. When asked by the AP what he meant and if he was referring to another shooting, he refused to elaborate further.

Roeder’s refusal to “elaborate further” on other planned attacks requires, under the ticking time bomb exception, immediate waterboarding, doesn’t it? Is this not the very scenario under which the torture apologists justify such enhanced interrogation?

Roeder is unapologetically stating — no, threatening — that more innocent Americans will die. Unless, of course, we can get him to talk.

Isn’t this what Cheney would call a “no brainer”?

I would say so (and I definitely hope that Steve Reimink is questioned thoroughly regarding any contact he had with von Brunn, who, if he had any sense, would merely die at this point and save us the undue media nonsense that a trial would surely generate).

(And regarding von Brunn…just sayin’).

Update: Maybe Smith made a little too much sense here..???

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