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Ed Driscoll

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April 22nd, 2013 - 7:29 pm

In The Prehistory of The Far Side, a 1989 anthology of Gary Larson’s classic cartoons, there’s a panel he drew in 1986 featuring a nighttime metropolitan setting with buildings alternately on fire or knocked over, and smashed and overturned cars everywhere. In the foreground of all the devastation, a police detective in a raincoat and fedora and a uniformed patrolman stare at a giant handkerchief with the monogram “K.K.” on it. The detective barks, “Take this handkerchief back to the lab, Stevens. I want some answers on which monster did this — Godzilla! Gargantua! Who?”

As Larson wrote while reminiscing about drawing the cartoon, “the only name I could think of for the handkerchief was King Kong. There aren’t too many famous monsters running around with first and last names.”*

The cluelessness of the police in Larson’s cartoon reminds me of the left’s self-imposed blinders on not wanting to come to grips with the Tsarnaev brothers. Could their motives be, as Jonathan S. Tobin of Commentary spots Melissa Harris-Perry asking on MSNBC…classical music?

Michael Dyson: We fill in the blanks with what makes us feel most comfortable that this is an exceptional, extraordinary case that happened because they are this. 

So you take one part of the element, that he’s Muslim. But he also might have listened to classical music. He might have had some Lil Wayne. He might have also gone to and listened to a lecturer

Harris Perry: I keep wondering is it possible that there would ever be a discussion like, ‘This is because of Ben Affleck and the connection between Boston and movies about violence?’ And of course, the answer is no.

Of course no one will even think this is about those things. But at the same time there’s something, I appreciate the way that you framed that as the one drop. Like, because given that they’re Chechen, given that they are literally Caucasian, our very sense of connection to them is this framed-up notion of, like, Islam making them something that is non-normal. It is not us. The point is that it’s important to say, ‘That’s not us, you know, this is not American. This is not who we are.’ Because we couldn’t potentially do what they did. But if they’re more like us, the point you were making earlier, if they’re just like us, they grew up in the same neighborhoods, they listened to the same kind of music, they talk to the same kind of people.

It is easy to dismiss this sort of talk as just the public mutterings of the radical left, but it would be foolish to ignore it. The efforts of groups like the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) to muscle the federal government into excising a discussion of militant Islamism from our approach to combating threats is part of a campaign to prevent Americans from connecting the dots between terrorists and the belief systems that motivate them. The effort to make us pretend that the Tsarnaevs’ approach to their faith is as irrelevant to the atrocities they committed as the songs on their iPods is not absurd; it’s dangerous.

Of course, if groups of organized classical music lovers had been carrying out terrorist attacks in the name of their beliefs Harris-Perry’s brand of moral relativism might make sense. But in the real world in which the rest of us live, the source of the terror threat of the last generation has been Islamist.

Or perhaps it was a very different genre of music that set the Brothers Tsarnaev off, as another MSNBC guest posited?

MADDOW: A lot of people are trying to figure out if these men, uh, were terrorists who were radicalized overseas, if they were terrorists who were radicalized here, if this was totally unrelated to terrorist and, to terrorist causes. Do you think there will be a definitive answer with regard to their Chechen heritage in terms of whether that’s relevant and explanatory here?

KING: Well, I think it’s relevant to a degree. That is to say that, these guys grew up in a particular kind of community with a particular kind of history. They had a certain kind of background, but at the end of the day if we’re looking for motivation for this particular act, I think it’s going to lie in the way that they were radicalized in the United States, on the Internet, visiting chat rooms, putting their own kind of lives into some kind of narrative about this nihilistic, millenarian, sort of anti-Western, anti-modern, uh, jihadist ideology that you find in lots of different kinds of communities around the world.

MADDOW (quickly jumping to accused jihadists’ defense): If they, if they did.

KING: If they did. We still don’t know.

MADDOW: We have some evidence of a YouTube page that we think may connect to the older brother that posted some radicalized YouTube clips. The younger brother, there’s very thin evidence of anything.

KING: Well, and keep in mind that on his, on the elder brother’s, Tamerlan’s YouTube channel, there are an equal number of rap videos.

MADDOW (her spirit briefly lifted): Yeah.

KING: So, you know, I don’t know why we tend to focus on this one particular aspect because these guys frankly have a lot of consonants in their names and we’re kind of worried about that somehow (what this “we’re” stuff, paleface?). But in lots of other contexts of mass killing, we go to other kinds of motivations and I think we really ought to look at those in this case as well.

Perhaps an overexposure to the Boston area’s ugly modernist architecture triggered their attack:

 U. Mass Dartmouth, which started life as the Southeastern Massachusetts Technological Institute, dates from the same period and is a strange mix of technocratic rationalism and architectural megalomania. A vast parade ground posing as a campus green runs between lines of identical buildings. Hoisted on hefty concrete piers, highway-scaled beams span vast distances, holding up horizontal trays of academic space that jut pugnaciously into the green.

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Amazingly, Rudolph’s design has been barely altered and rarely added to. The newest dormitory has been built in a budget-minded medium-security-prison style that makes the Rudolph buildings look humanist.

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As I sat stewing under the lock-down order, my thoughts returned to the U Mass campus, which swarmed with students who looked much like Dzhokar Tsarnaev, the bombing suspect. Although it’s too early to know whether he was motivated to violence by political or religious fervor, that’s looking unlikely as I write this. He was a student at the Dartmouth U Mass campus, it turns out. He seems to have had many friends, but I wondered about the effect of such a deeply impersonal place. It’s isolated at the suburban edge and unintentionally expressive of the assembly-line education that’s become the cost-driven norm. Does such a place aid the alienation — or, at least, impede the forming of deep personal bonds — of even a smart, sociable kid?

It sounds much too glib an explanation — as the numerous other theories we are now hearing are likely to be — but I can’t help thinking it.

Please do. Considering the socialist and “Progressive” origins of modern architecture, and its disastrous impact on public housing, run with that explanation for the Tsarnaevs’ radicalism, leftists. Run with it hard.

Perhaps it’s simply “radicalism” in general, as another MSNBC host claims:

Scarborough can’t shed the PC shackles enough to take the extra, logical step of pointing to the leading cause of terror attacks in the world today. He uses the watered down “radicalism” as a catch-all to encompass all radical ideas under one umbrella, as if “radicalism” is the biggest threat in our society. He just can’t bring himself to point out the significant fact that the terrorists were hugely influenced by radical Islamism.  ”Don’t blame society for that. Blame radicalism, blame evil, blame them (the Tsaraev brothers.)”

So if we go with “radicalism” as an explanation, then pretty much everyone who works in front of the cameras at NBC News is to blame, considering that:

If anybody can make sense of it all, it’s Victor Davis Hanson, as we’ll explore on the next page.

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Question of the Day:
Is being a Moron a pre-requisite for employment at PMSNBC?
1 year ago
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I prefer Mark Levin's term MSLSD
1 year ago
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Mark LEvin isn't afraid to five any facts on the truth.He is 1 person I really hate to miss on radio during a week.Liz
1 year ago
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"Perhaps an overexposure to the Boston area’s ugly modernist architecture triggered their attack:..Considering the socialist and “Progressive” origins of modern architecture, and its disastrous impact on public housing, run with that explanation for the Tsarnaevs’ radicalism, leftists."

See Tom Wolfe's From Bauhaus to Our House for a very readable treatment of this topic,
1 year ago
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You are overlooking the one unifying element among all the “deniers” they themselves don’t believe in anything and can’t imagine anything as “foolish” as religion actually animating ones actions.

The fact that violence exists in the foundational documents of Islam is not a notion they will entertain at all.
1 year ago
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All these left-wing columnists and commentators have been overtaken by new events.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has told investigators he and his brother acted alone, learned to build the pressure-cooker bombs over the Internet and were motivated by a desire to defend Islam because of "the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan," said the source, who has received multiple briefings on the probe.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has also told investigators that he and his brother got instructions on building bombs from an online magazine published by al Qaeda, federal law enforcement officials told NBC News.

He told investigators that the brothers read the instructions in Inspire, an online, English-language magazine that terror monitoring groups say al Qaeda began publishing in 2010.

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/04/23/17877288-search-of-tsarnaevs-phones-computers-finds-no-indication-of-accomplice-source-says

And now, Ms. Harris-Perry: Other than Muslims, who else reads Al-Qaeda's magazine?
1 year ago
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Islam is an efficient Deductive reasoning machine affecting all topics in life. In the 10th-11th Century (I forgot to make a note of it), upset by the behavior of the Hippie Muslim societies and rulers in Iberia, Baghdad shifted the doctrine a bit. First there was a crackdown to re-energize Sharia compliance by those pesky Westerners. Then there was a little change. Before, a Muslim living in an Infidel land was under suspicion of blasphemy. The change was to consider Muslims living in infidel lands to be colonists and expected to spread the faith and to be ready for work described in the Later Verses of the Koran.

The powerful attraction of some individuals to Deductive reasoning is explored in THE OPEN AND CLOSED MIND, by Milton Rokeach, et. al.

Judeo-Christian folk are nonplussed by actions and search for the source of motivation, considering odd reasons. And recall Winston Churchill saying something like Communism is a riddle wrapped inside and enigma, or vice versa. These clueless attitudes reveal curiosity weakness with failure to ask questions and make good use of one’s library card. What Communism was up to was transparent and detailed by 1920. Islam was fully known much before that.
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I'm an American woman. I didn't VISIT the middle east. I LIVED there for 2 years, with an independent small business, working for the UAE gov't.
Over those 2 years, I saw first hand, WHY they don't like us westerners:
The men despise our western influence on their middle eastern women. Period! It's that simple.
The middle eastern men can interact and form relationships with western women. No problem.
But the middle eastern women better keep those black robes and scarves on...covering their most attractive features...their hair (even their bangs!) and body. That way it's unlikely "their women" will form any kind of relationship with another man.
Hey, wouldn't all you American guys love THAT?! YOU are free to flirt, etc with western women (& flirt they do) while "your women" have to stay covered and have associations with only other women.
Great situation for the guys, huh? No worries.
Then along come us western women...and BAM...their women see our relationship freedoms...and start "acting out"! The male perfect world is shattered...all because of our western influence. Get the hell out of our middle eastern culture!
In a nutshell.
1 year ago
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Racism is a belief that one race is, in some objective way, superior to all other races. Actual racism was a blip at the turn of the 20th Century. OTOH, being uncomfortable with proximity to another race is simply normal human behavior -- observed at all times in all places (exept in Leftist ideology, which is impervious to reality). There has never been, is not now, and never will be a voluntarily peaceful multi-racial society.
1 year ago
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At this point, if you are not in self-preservation mode, you are likely to become a victim of the Left. And by victim, I mean dead.
1 year ago
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Here is an excerpt from The Wikipedia article about the Virginia Tech shooter - South Korean Sueng-Hui Cho. Their reaction speaks volumes about cultural differences and, let me tell you, I prefer South Koreans.

When the citizenship of the shooter became known, South Koreans expressed shock and a sense of public shame,[90] while the Government of South Korea convened an emergency meeting to consider possible ramifications. A candlelight vigil was held outside the Embassy of the United States, Seoul. South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun expressed his deepest condolences.[91] Although Cho came to the US as a third grader and was a permanent resident of the US, many South Koreans felt guilt and mourned because they considered him a South Korean by blood.[92]
South Korea's ambassador to the US and several Korean American religious leaders called on Korean Americans to participate in a 32-day fast, one day for each victim, for repentance.[93][94] The foreign minister, Song Minsoon, announced that safety measures had been established for Koreans living in the US, in apparent reference to fears of possible reprisal attacks.[95] A ministry official expressed hope that the shooting would not "stir up racial prejudice or confrontation".[96] No such incidents were ever reported.
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Well, now Ed segues from The Far Side, to the post-modern mess we call the "war" on terror, to the Bauhaus. Oy.
Within the realm of modern art and architecture, there was a response to the inherent drabness of the buildings. I followed the link, saw the photo of that drab, dingy-gym-sock-toned building and my mind recalled how the works of Claus Oldenburg added interest and joy even to bland modern vistas. What that building mentioned here needs though is a giant, functioning pressure washer. (Or fill in the "negative space" with traditional materials)
Our politically-correct approach to the "war" on terror needs a good power-scrubbing too.
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