Saturday, August 11, 2012

Difference between white terrorists, others

Aurora shooter James Holmes is rarely referred to as a terrorist. (photo: AP)
Aurora shooter James Holmes is rarely referred to as a terrorist. (photo: AP)

By Juan Cole
Informed Comment
10 August 12
  1. White terrorists are called "gunment." What does that even mean? A person with a gun? Wouldn't that be, like, everyone in the US? Other terrorists are called, like, "terrorists."
  2.  White terrorists are "troubled loners." Other terrorists are always suspected of being part of a global plot, even when they are obviously troubled loners.
  3. Doing a study on the danger of white terrorists at the Department of Homeland Security will get you sidelined by angry white Congressmen. Doing studies on other kinds of terrorists is a guaranteed promotion.
  4. The family of a white terrorist is interviewed, weeping as they wonder where he went wrong. The families of other terrorists are almost never interviewed.
  5. White terrorists are part of a "fringe." Other terrorists are apparently mainstream.
  6. White terrorists are random events, like tornadoes. Other terrorists are long-running conspiracies.
  7. White terrorists are never called "white." But other terrorists are given ethnic affiliations.
  8. Nobody thinks white terrorists are typical of white people. But other terrorists are considered paragons of their societies.
  9. White terrorists are alcoholics, addicts or mentally ill. Other terrorists are apparently clean-living and perfectly sane.
  10. There is nothing you can do about white terrorists. Gun control won't stop them. No policy you could make, no government program, could possibly have an impact on them. But hundreds of billions of dollars must be spent on police and on the Department of Defense, and on TSA, which must virtually strip search 60 million people a year, to deal with other terrorists.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What a bunch of garbage. Our current administration refused to refer to radical, Ismamists who were blowing people up, as "terrorists", but refer to them as "enemy combatants". At the same time, DHS has issued a warning to local law enforement agencies to be on the watch for domestic terrorists, which includes: military veterans, tea party members, those who buy gold, those who stock extra food, those who support the second amendment, etc.