The evil we can't ignore

Was this about radical Islam? It's folly to ignore the possibility

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Vastly varying emotions lay heavy in the spring air Friday as authorities closed in on the mega-violent, ultra-evil Boston bombing suspects.

News Friday morning of one’s death and the other’s scramble to escape brought immense relief – the hope of closure, and the apparent answer to the prayer that this abhorrent crime against humanity wouldn’t go unsolved.

Neither a years-long investigation nor the most meticulous jury trial could’ve rendered a more certain conclusion: We got ’em. Otherwise, you have to believe that two men perfectly fitting the suspects’ descriptions, and who just happened to be armed better than a small army while killing a campus cop in cold blood, have been wrongly fingered.

At the same time, that will be of limited comfort to the marathon’s severely wounded and those who are mourning loved ones. And Monday’s lasting horror was only added to on Friday, by more killing as the heavily armed terrorists sought to take others down with them in a blaze of rabid viciousness.

Relief is also tempered by the realization that there most certainly are others already here or on the way who have similar scruples – which is to say none – about killing innocent men, women and children.

The suspects’ backgrounds as Muslim brothers with ties to violence-wracked Russian republic Chechnya also will put a spotlight on America’s internal war against political correctness, the tenets of which – we’re not really at war, you can’t call it terrorism, you should never “profile” –
inarguably add significantly to the
dangers of modern American life.

That danger was ominously present in the bizarre hopes and expectations among terribly misguided folks on the left that the bombers would turn out to be Americans – preferably white conservative Americans. The unspeakable alternative, of course, was radical Islam – and even after all these years and attacks, that’s something our liberal friends just can’t get their arms around.

Before the suspects’ identities were known, CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday shared with the Arab American Institute her “hope beyond hope that this doesn’t turn out to be what it might be” – meaning, of course, radical Islam.

Why? Why hope that it is or isn’t a certain nationality, religion or ideological persuasion? Why play favorites like that? Would it feel better? Terror is terror. Ripped limbs are ripped limbs. Dead children are dead children.

The answer to the question, of course, is that the left is desperate to prove that radical Muslims aren’t a threat, because that doesn’t conform to politically correct dogma. But they’re perfectly willing and even eager to postulate, repeatedly, that conservative Americans are a threat (see editorial Friday, “The Boston Scare-athon”).

Not even being wrong time and again has convinced them otherwise.

We happen to think it’s wrongheaded to assume or, heaven forbid, actually hope that terror emanates from a particular demographic group. Evil isn’t the exclusive franchise of a particular people. Like goodness, barbarity can be found in every shape, size, color and creed, and every corner on Earth.

But it’s also fatal and beyond irrational to ignore real patterns and true threats. Or to try to imagine them away.

We must work for a better world, while dealing honestly with the one we’re currently in.

At this writing, the Boston bombers’ motivations weren’t clear. Whatever their psychotic methods, one would think their real beef would’ve been with Mother Russia. It seems highly improbable that any tie to Russian politics or dreams of Chechen independence led them to attack America.

Were they mentally ill? Isolated and un-assimilated?

Perhaps. Another possibility, as uncomfortable as it might be, is that they fancied themselves part of radical Islam’s homicidal effort to build a worldwide
caliphate, while inflicting maximum pain on the West.

We pray that, rather than try to hope otherwise – or to gin up offense at the notion – that Muslims worldwide will instead dedicate themselves to eradicating hatred in their midst.

And in our midst too.

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specsta
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specsta 04/20/13 - 02:00 am
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The Real Battle

ACES wrote: "The answer to the question, of course, is that the left is desperate to prove that radical Muslims aren’t a threat, because that doesn’t conform to politically correct dogma."

Wrong.

Any radical form of religion, including right-wing theologians in the USA, are a threat to the freedoms of American citizens.

Radical religious folk spew their hatred of anyone and everything that doesn't comply to their belief system, especially in America, while they trumpet their so-called "family values" in the faces of those who would be different.

Radical religion is characterized by murder, violence, unforgiveness, condemnation, narcissism, legalism, and a myriad of other unsavory things that make the radical feel that they are the only ones who have the truth and see the light.

Radical extremists who proclaim their religion as the catalyst for their actions are all cut from the same cloth. It doesn't matter which religion. Destroying lives to prove that you are right and that everybody else is rotten - is wrong in any language, in any place of worship, in any country, in any religious movement.

Liberals versus conservatives has nothing to do with it. It is radical religious folk that mess things up for everybody, regardless of the religion.

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 04/20/13 - 04:38 am
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I don't think I've ever heard

I don't think I've ever heard anyone, whether left, right, or center, say that radical Muslims aren't a threat. The problem lies with the right as stated in the two faced editorial above. "We happen to think it’s wrongheaded to assume or, heaven forbid, actually hope that terror emanates from a particular demographic group", yet pretty much everything else in the editorial hints that all Muslims are radical. It's "politically correct" to say we shouldn't profile, but if terror doesn't "emanate(s) from a particular demographic group" why would not profiling be politically correct? It would be a waste of valuable resources. It's like the old, "I'm not racist but..." statements you hear all of the time around here. Once someone throw in the "but", the rest of it goes out the window. Maybe the paper, as a public service, can start adding the religion of all persons arrested so we can get a better feel for who we need to be on the look out for and just what kind of people we need to start profiling.

Rhetor
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Rhetor 04/20/13 - 05:07 am
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Hardly

The great majority of liberals know that radical Muslims are a threat. We just don't want this to lead to prejudice against all Muslims. Many Muslims, including the leadership of Boston's largest mosque, spoke out forcefully against this horror. Most liberals support efforts to suppress radical Islam. In fact, I've heard as much, if not more, criticism of Obama's anti-terrorism program from conservatives (do you remember Ted Cruz' bizarre filibuster against Obama's drone program?) including a number of Fox News' pundits, than from liberals. You might instead reflect on the harmful effect of over-simplification. Thank you, however, for being honest about how you feel. Have a wonderful weekend, please.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 04/20/13 - 05:39 am
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A man of GOD

Is not a Man of Hate.

We'll always have Men of Hate on this earth.
Isolating them from weak minds is the challenge.

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 04/20/13 - 06:26 am
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@specsta--3:00 am

I can add little to what you stated so well.

How much does ACES want to guess what religious belief is held by the guy that sent ricin to a senator and the president recently. I can't recount the times people justified bombing abortion clinics based on their "religious" belief that abortion is wrong. Oh, and remember Timothy McVeigh? If people were serious about the need to profile to keep us all safe, there would be a whole lot of profiling of white males, and that is not happening.

The ACES is quick to complain about the "main stream" media, yet it is the only daily in Augusta__that's pretty main stream in my opinion as far as print media is concerned.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 04/20/13 - 06:34 am
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Rhector

Yes I do remember the filibuster against Obama's USA Illegal drone program.

US citizens on USA soil should be given a trial, not "Executively" executed from 7,000 feet up, because someone "feels" it is best.

Yes I could skip the trial, if it is like a Osama bin-laden figure going on TV bragging about his terrorist actions or future plans.

The problem was our Federal government was asking for a OPEN HUNTING SEASON without checks and balances.

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 04/20/13 - 06:54 am
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I guess we should start using

I guess we should start using Westboro as the poster child for all Christians and Baptists. If the rule is the most extreme elements of a group represent all of you unless proven otherwise you deserve equal treatment.

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 04/20/13 - 07:01 am
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What a reckless article. Why
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What a reckless article. Why would you want to spill this rhetoric so soon after the bombings? This backwoods reporting is just another way the comical stirs up hatred and gets the uninformed lining up for the next shipment of ammo. There were various news sources thinking it was domestic. Give the authorities time to finish sorting things out and let them finish their investigations before you stir everything up.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 04/20/13 - 07:05 am
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When thousands of churches
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When thousands of churches like Westboro pop up, and start killing people world wide, AND receive no condemnation from the rest of the Baptists, then I guess we can do that.

ymnbde
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ymnbde 04/20/13 - 07:13 am
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"Here I stand. I can do no other"

every religion needs a Martin Luther
and we're all out if ignorance indulgences
ignorance of Christianity will not get you killed
speaking ill of Christianity will not get you killed
drawing Jesus cartoons will not get you killed
writing books mocking God will not get you killed
however...

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 04/20/13 - 07:15 am
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Converting to Islam will not
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Converting to Islam will not get you killed either.

While repulsive, protesting at someone's funeral is a far cry from blowing up people.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 04/20/13 - 07:46 am
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Westboro is not a church and certainly not
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Christian. They are an organized group of people whose source of income is lawsuits. They place themselves in positions where they claim religious discrimination. Another set of scam artists using the Name of God for personal profit. Now that would be a good profiling effort. Westboro is just a small fish in this billion dollar industry of racketeering, influence peddling and crime.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 04/20/13 - 07:44 am
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Truth Matters stated "How

Truth Matters stated "How much does ACES want to guess what religious belief is held by the guy that sent ricin to a senator and the president recently."

Seriously, I do not believe that this guy's religious beliefs (if any) came into play with sending these letters to the President and senator. This seems to be personal and has nothing to do with religion.....poor comparison.

You also stated .."I can't recount the times people justified bombing abortion clinics based on their "religious" belief that abortion is wrong."

A little exaggeration never hurts does it TM. I believe the only people justifying bombing abortion clinics or the murder of abortion doctors would be the group responsible for most of the bombing. Most normal individuals find this kind of behavior disgusting and accomplishes nothing.

Most of the bombing have been committed by a radical "Christian" (I'd rather say religious because they do not represent the teachings of Christ) group called Army of God and they are simply an underground terrorist group.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 04/20/13 - 07:47 am
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Unreal

CNN this morning is laying out the defense for the bomber. No Miranda rights and such. Surprised?

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gaflyboy 04/20/13 - 07:50 am
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Bodhisattva 04/20/13 - 07:54 am

You make a great point. Westboro is apparently the best example of radical Christians, and they are sordid. But the fact is that everyone that’s come into contact with their displays has been able to pick up their children and walk home.

gaflyboy
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gaflyboy 04/20/13 - 07:53 am
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Humble Angela 04/20/13 - 08:15 am

I enjoy reading your posts and agree with most everything you say. It's true converting to Islam will not get you killed.
Converting FROM Islam just might.

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deestafford 04/20/13 - 08:11 am
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I'm sick and tired of the apologists saying

"It's just a small minority of the muslims that are radicalized and causing all the problems." Let's look at some cold, hard reality. There are approximately 1,000,000,000 (that's 1 billion) muslims in the world. Assuming "the small minority" is only 1% means that there are 10,000,000 (that's 10 million) radical muslims running around the world trying to destroy Western Civilization as they have been doing since the "religion" was founded.

Our foreign policy of going around the world trying to have all countries becoming "democratic" and pushing ''women's rights" contributes to the attitude of the muslims. First, democracy is not the normal way of governing as shown throughout history. Democracy is not necessarily a good thing when you define it as two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Egypt and Libeia just had "democratic" elections and what did it do for the US? Produce two Islamic governments that hate the us. Talking as Hillary Clinton did about women and homosexual rights in countries that hold women as cattle does nothing to enhance our image abroad.

I hope this terrible incident in Boston causes some sanity in DC when it comes to the immigration bill. The question should be, "What is the best interest of the USA and what makes it acceptable that everyone in the world should have a right to come to this country?" Many times we are our own worst enemy.

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effete elitist liberal 04/20/13 - 08:18 am
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hopes

ACES is disdainful of some on the left who expressed hopes that the Boston bombers would turn out to be white political / religious radicals rather than radical Islamists. Some in the media did, and no wonder. Does this country really need to go through another spate of Muslim bashing, where American Muslims are harassed, intimidated, or vilified, existing Islamic temples defaced and plans for new ones rebuffed, and
the religious culture wars stoked anew? ACES asks when the Muslim community might "dedicate themselves to eradicating the hatred in their midst"? I suppose about the same time the Christian community dedicates their own selves to eradicating the dislike and rejection of anyone who doesn't "love jesus."

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 04/20/13 - 08:26 am
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"I suppose about the same
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"I suppose about the same time the Christian community dedicates their own selves to eradicating the dislike and rejection of anyone who doesn't "love jesus.""

When they start killing people en mass, let us know.

Liberals seem to be having a very hard time telling the difference between hateful people and murderous people. Maybe that is why they find it so easy to kill unborn children.

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 04/20/13 - 08:29 am
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whose Caliphate?

Just as the followers of Muhammad are dedicated to the spread of Islam throughout the world, the followers of Jesus are just as dedicated to the spread of Christianity. Which caliphate will win?? Stay tuned. Every year in the Augusta area alone, hundreds of young--and not so young-- men and women travel the world to evangelize, to convert those who have not heard the "good news" [sic], to swell the forces of God's army, or at least its Jesus Battalion. Brunch, band-aids, and Bibles.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 04/20/13 - 08:31 am
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EEL

"eradicating the dislike and rejection of anyone who doesn't "love jesus." On so many levels that dog don't hunt.

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 04/20/13 - 08:31 am
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Humble

No, so far--at least since the Crusades--Christians have tended to murder those they feared or hated one at a time. Gays and abortion providers have been favorite targets....

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 04/20/13 - 08:31 am
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Again....how many of those
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Again....how many of those men and women travel the world and kill those who refuse to convert?

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 04/20/13 - 08:32 am
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jtf

incisive analysis from you, jtf, I must say.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 04/20/13 - 08:32 am
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Just how long ago were the
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Just how long ago were the crusades? How long ago was the Boston bombing?

justthefacts
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justthefacts 04/20/13 - 08:33 am
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Hmmm

"Every year in the Augusta area alone, hundreds of young--and not so young-- men and women travel the world to evangelize, to convert those who have not heard the "good news" [sic], to swell the forces of God's army, or at least its Jesus Battalion. Brunch, band-aids, and Bibles." Doesn't sound like dislike or rejection to me.

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 04/20/13 - 08:34 am
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Humble

Few do. They do their murdering in the good-ole USA. Does that make big difference to you?

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 04/20/13 - 08:34 am
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News flash....hundreds of
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News flash....hundreds of gays and abortionists were murdered by Christians this year? No? Were hundreds of Christians murdered by Muslims this year? Why yes...yes they were.

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 04/20/13 - 08:38 am
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jtf

It is dislike and rejection of the religion into which these individuals were raised. It's the old "love the sinner, hate the sin" shtick. The whole conversion business is Christian intolerance at its most insidious.

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