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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justthefacts
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justthefacts 04/20/13 - 08:38 am
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EEL

"incisive analysis from you, jtf, I must say". Sarcasm becomes you. But, really, why waste time with deep thought on this? Nothing will change your ideology.

ymnbde
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ymnbde 04/20/13 - 08:39 am
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Islam is government, government is Islam

Christianity differs
those who don't know history are doomed to repeat
those who don't know history, and don't know Islam, are just doomed
liberal big government liberalism is a religion close to Islam
and, if possible, even more dogmatic
and they travel the world, and the elementary schools, converting, and sharing their message of hate
they, too, need a reformation

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 04/20/13 - 08:41 am
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Humble

My point was not the numbers, which are indeed quite different. My point was that the vocal and public rejection of Christian extremism by Christians when these murders did occur was tepid or non-existent.

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 04/20/13 - 08:42 am
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change ideology?

Nor yours, jtf, I presume?

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 04/20/13 - 08:43 am
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And the vocal rejection of
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And the vocal rejection of Islamic terrorists is where, exactly?

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 04/20/13 - 08:44 am
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I would far rather be hated
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I would far rather be hated by a Christian because I don't believe as he/she does, than be murdered by a Muslim for the same reason. Which one carries the far greater risk? How many NATIONS have laws that carry the death penalty for converting to Islam?

justthefacts
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justthefacts 04/20/13 - 08:54 am
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Difference

The diff, EEL, is I would never ridicule anyone because of their religious beliefs. You never miss a chance. It is about the only time you comment at all. Good day.

ymnbde
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ymnbde 04/20/13 - 08:54 am
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a dangerous intersection

is identified by the amount of accidents and injuries
so too, this intersection of Islam and the modern world

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allhans 04/20/13 - 09:00 am
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CNN (among others) asking for

CNN (among others) asking for an explanation of why The feds missed the radical leanings of the Muslim older brothers in 2011. They were warned but "found nothing wrong ". This awful deed might have been prevented.

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InChristLove 04/20/13 - 09:02 am
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According to statistics

According to statistics gathered by the National Abortion Federation there has been approximately 41 bombings causing property damage to abortion providers. Although there has been 17 attempted murders to abortion providers, only 8 people have been killed (4 doctors, 2 clinic employees, a security guard and a clinic escort) in the US.

Sure seems to me a lot less than the thousands killed in 9-11 and the 3 so far killed in the bombing on Monday and the 170 injured (which I would consider attempted murder). And that is just two incidents.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 04/20/13 - 09:22 am
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EEL stated "My point was not

EEL stated "My point was not the numbers, which are indeed quite different. My point was that the vocal and public rejection of Christian extremism by Christians when these murders did occur was tepid or non-existe"

Must have been the day when you had your ear plugs in or choose not to read several Christian articles and blogs......just because you aren't privy to the information does not mean it wasn't stated (loud and clear).

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 04/20/13 - 10:33 am
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I Would Bet Any Amount

that specsta, Bodhisattva, Rhetor or EEL didn't view my 35 minute link due to fear of facing true facts.......

carcraft
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carcraft 04/20/13 - 10:02 am
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EEL Yes every year hundreds

EEL Yes every year hundreds of Christians set out from Augusta to represent Jesus Christi. They run medical. Clinics, perform operations to heal deformities,build schools and provide housing and dental care to name just few of the activities! These benefits are provided to the recipients regardless of the recipiants religious beliefs. I resent you thinking these activities and sacrifices are some how morally equivalent to blowing up strangers at sporting event!

KSL
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KSL 04/20/13 - 10:06 am
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ICL

Don't hit eel with inconvenient facts.

carcraft
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carcraft 04/20/13 - 10:07 am
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God provided evidence of the

God provided evidence of the evil of abortions in the trial of Kermit Gosnell, Today you can either reject this evil and chose life or not, God keeps accounts and has tight books!

Darby
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Darby 04/20/13 - 10:23 am
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"– that Muslims worldwide will instead

dedicate themselves to eradicating hatred in their midst."
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And you just hold your breath while you wait for that to happen.

Darby
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Darby 04/20/13 - 10:27 am
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And the sick and demented Christian

bashing begins in earnest. The best defense being a good offense.

Let me know when those filthy Christians begin chopping off the heads of non-Christians. I'd like to follow up on that with CNN. Wouldn't want to miss that!

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 04/20/13 - 10:39 am
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Remember A Famous Quote From King SMNCICBHO

America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles of justice and progress, tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 04/20/13 - 12:09 pm
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I see the bombings at the

I see the bombings at the Boston marathon as blowback from the latest crusade, the U.S. "global war on terror", which has now morphed into World War Three.

KSL
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KSL 04/20/13 - 12:18 pm
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I would say the US didn't

I would say the US didn't start this by any stretch of one's imagination.

allhans
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allhans 04/20/13 - 12:55 pm
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And what led up to the "war

And what led up to the "war on terror"? It sure wasn't hugs and kisses.

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Riverman1 04/20/13 - 12:57 pm
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If the Muslims had ever heard

If the Muslims had ever heard my Southern Baptist church singing hymns, they would think we are harmless and stop trying to kill us.

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burninater 04/20/13 - 12:59 pm
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Let's look at some cold, hard

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.
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Except that the number of attacks globally show that a 10,000,000 number is ridiculously overstated. That brings us down to a sub-1%, and probably sub-0.1%, number of Muslims that are engaged in violence.

Anyone with a lick of common sense can see that in the phase "radical Muslim", the problem is the "radical", not the "Muslim", part of the equation.

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 04/20/13 - 01:03 pm
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United States has been

United States has been meddling in the Middle East as far back as 1921 and BIG TIME after WWII. When a democratically elected government in Iran nationalized Iranian oil in 1953, the CIA and Britain MI5 orchestrated a coup which led to the installation of the Shah of Iran. United States has been pushing people around in the Arab and Muslim world for a long time. No imagination is necessary, only a cursive review of history. Backlash is to be expected in one form or another. Get used to it. United States cannot export its violence "over there" and not expect some of it to come back "over here".

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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 04/20/13 - 01:11 pm
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BTW, pointing this out

BTW, pointing this out doesn't make one a terrorist sympathizer or un-American. That canard was used against rational thinkers who opposed the U.S. war in Iraq. Asa Hutchinson, a former Republican Senator from Arkansas, was part of a two year study that has concluded there is NO DOUBT that United States used torture as an illegal yet ineffective instrument after the 9/11/01 attacks. Anyone who does not think that Guantanamo, Bagram, Abu Ghraib, and "black site" CIA prisons around the world along with illegal drone strikes aren't responsible for growing anti-Americanism, polarization of populations, and growth in militant groups isn't in touch with reality.

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dahreese 04/20/13 - 01:31 pm
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"Liberals seem to be having a
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"Liberals seem to be having a very hard time telling the difference between hateful people and murderous people."

Yet it was christians who lied and ordered the invasion of Iraq; said it was ok to do torture; went behind the back of Congress and illegally furnished arms to the Nicaraguan Contras; overthrew the democratically elected government of Iran; illegally bombed Cambodia; sabotaged a peace agreement in December of 1968/69 to end the Vietnam war; lied about the death of Pat Tillman; the rescue of Jessica Lynch....

Of course, these were 'christian' individuals who did these things, and not the American people, right?

But if you're an Islamic or a Buddhist on the receiving end of christian American bombs it's not individual americans, but Christian Americans who are responsible.

But, that's just ignorant Muslim and Buddhist thinking, right?

Just as ignorant as promoting thd idea that Islam is a so called "religion" that promotes terrorism. It is evil incarnate and needs to be treated as such (which, basically, is what the editorial is mostly about, anyway) and conservatives and christians (little c intended) wallow all in it.

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Humble Angela 04/20/13 - 01:43 pm
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Dahrees. Please prove that a
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Dahrees. Please prove that a christian lied about Iraq.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 04/20/13 - 01:44 pm
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Proof
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Proof

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 04/20/13 - 01:55 pm
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George W. Bush claims to be a

George W. Bush claims to be a Christian, and he LIED about Iraq. It is a PROVEN fact that intelligence was fixed, cooked, and fabricated. Now, even if one does accept the excuse that "faulty intelligence" is to blame, then WHY did George W. Bush lie to the American people in the fall of 2005 when he told us "We do not torture"? The decision to use torture was a conscious decision, a turn to "the dark side" as Cheney labeled it. The Constitution Project’s Task Force on Detainee Treatment which includes former U.S. Senator from Arkansas Asa Hutchinson a Republican (no "liberal") found it "Indisputable" that United States used torture which is illegal under U.S. and international law. Don't believe me? http://www.npr.org/2013/04/17/177610517/-guantanamo-bay-one-piece-of-tor...

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dahreese 04/20/13 - 02:00 pm
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Humble Angela could be
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Humble Angela could be standing along with GWB watching the torture and still deny it was happening and ordered by GWB.

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