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A Simple Thought Exercise

August 21, 2014

What would happen if you read this?  Especially if you hadn’t heard it on the news at all?

A man accused of shooting to death two men in Seattle on June 1 and a man in New Jersey later that month was charged Wednesday with gunning down a 30-year-old in the Skyway area in April — all, he allegedly told police, as “vengeance” for Palestinean actions in the Israel.

Yankiel Shimuel Rosenbaum, 40, is quoted in charging documents as saying that he they were “just kills” and that he was “just doing my small part” as a self-styled Israeli Nationalist.

I mean, geez, this would be all over the papers.  We’d be seeing it as aggression of the most loathsome type.  But how come we don’t think that when the crazy is Islamic?

So just to be clear, we’re talking Ali Muhammad Brown, a self-styled jihadi.  Sure, he’s really just a bug-bleep crazy, but he’s using his religion as a crutch to knock off four innocent people across the nation. We justify serial killers for a lot less, I suppose, and go nuts analyzing what society could have possibly raised such a monster.  But there’s no question here, at least by the majors.  Do I think Islam is responsible?  No. I think the crazy is responsible for his own actions.  The same is true for the jerk in the bad hoodie who took out a war reporter in Iraq… although he’s hanging with a bunch of peeps there.

But shouldn’t we at least question what motivates a person to commit acts like this?

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