So now the Norway terrorist was a “right-wing, Christian” extremist?
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In the exceedingly unlikely event I was ever bestowed the responsibility of writing headlines for the New York Times here’s a headline I would have been far more inclined to use with regard to Nidal Malik Hasan’s actions. To wit:
“Army Doctor Kills 13 at Ft. Hood; Shouts ‘Allahu Akbar!!!’”
Even the Guardian acknowledged that Hasan had shouted “Allahu Akbar!!!” in one of its headlines. But for those liberals and socialists who are easily offended at such incendiary language let me offer a couple of different headlines:
Or perhaps you might prefer:
Indeed, ABC News
used a headline which both acknowledged Hasan identifying
himself as a “Soldier of Allah” and his frequent use of jihadist
Now please consider this headline concerning Major Nidal Malik Hasan’s impending military trial which was published on July 20, 2011. Keep in mind this headline was published scarcely 48 hours before the terror attacks in Norway:
So here we are twenty months after the Fort Hood Massacre and the New York Times still cannot bring itself to describe Hasan as an extremist, a jihadist let alone a Muslim. I guess the Times believes that such descriptions of Hasan, although accurate, are unfit to print.
When the New York Times has acknowledged Hasan’s Muslim background it has done so in this manner:
In the aftermath of this unforgivable attack, it will be important to avoid drawing prejudicial conclusions from the fact that Major Hasan is an American Muslim whose parents came from the Middle East.
President Obama was right when he told Americans, “we don’t know all the answers yet” and cautioned everyone against “jumping to conclusions.”
Yet the New York Times spares not a moment’s hesitation in “drawing prejudicial conclusions” when using the words “right-wing,” “Christian” and “extremist” to describe Breivik.
So where does that leave us? I do not want to downplay the significance of what Breivik has done. After all, he wantonly killed children. If anyone is deserving of execution it is surely Anders Behring Breivik. But since there is no death penalty in Europe, Breivik is assured of three square meals a day for the rest of his life.
If Breivik’s politics were the driving factor or played a role in his actions then by all means the New York Times and other media outlets ought to subject his views to thorough scrutiny. Especially if it turns out that Breivik did not plan this dastardly deed on his own.
But the New York Times does both its readers and the general public a grave disservice if they refuse to scrutinize the likes of Nidal Malik Hasan in the same manner while downplaying the ongoing global threat of Islamic terrorism.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?