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April 18th, 2013 - 5:35 pm

What does it mean to “look American?” Do I look American? Do you look American? — Chris Matthews

Who Am I?

“Let’s hope the Boston Marathon bomber is a white American” — David Sirota, Salon

“White privilege is knowing that even if the bomber turns out to be white, no one will call for your group to be profiled as terrorists as a result, subjected to special screening or threatened with deportation,” writes author Tim Wise. “White privilege is knowing that if this bomber turns out to be white, the United States government will not bomb whatever corn field or mountain town or stale suburb from which said bomber came, just to ensure that others like him or her don’t get any ideas. And if he turns out to be a member of the Irish Republican Army we won’t bomb Dublin. And if he’s an Italian-American Catholic we won’t bomb the Vatican.”

Poor David has forgotten already. Nobody bombs whites like the United States of America. It was almost a hundred years ago, when as Bluto asked “was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!” No indeed. In response the US bombed Germany to rubble and nuked Japan for good measure. At the height of the fire raids against Japan Curtis Le May was incinerating a 100,000 people a night.

But that was back when organized attacks against the population of a country was war and you didn’t care what the color of your assailants were the way we enlightened moderns do today. You didn’t have people asking what it meant to look Japanese or wishing the Zeros were piloted by “white Americans.”

Things have changed since. Franklin Roosevelt might have called the strike on New York City a “sneak attack.” He might have called Boston a Day of Infamy. Nobody sees things in those terms any more. The Boston bombing was a “tragedy.” Like a freeway accident or when you slip and fall down the stairs and break your neck.

Tragedy

It’s something to forget. To get over. To move beyond. To blame God for or something. Today there’s nothing for it but to endure.

President Obama put it best at “at the Interfaith service in Boston for the victims and survivors.”

“Tomorrow, the sun will rise over Boston. Tomorrow, the sun will rise over this country that we love, this special place, this state of grace. Scripture tells us to run with endurance the race that is set before us.”

You can just imagine Franklin Roosevelt intoning those words over the smoldering wreck of the USS Arizona. Or maybe better he could have burst into song.

The sun’ll come out
Tomorrow
So ya gotta hang on
‘Til tomorrow
Come what may
Tomorrow!
Tomorrow!
I love ya
Tomorrow!
You’re always
A day
A way!

Only he wouldn’t.

We don’t recognize evil any more any more than we do revenge. And to recognize evil in the modern world requires perceiving it as a pattern. To understand that large scale bad things come from organizations animated by an ideology directed by chain of command and funded by backers. We have lost that sight. The fundamental difference between the Left and Conservatives in 21st century America is that the latter believe in masterminds and the former to tend to think that unfortunate stuff just happens as a consequence of some congenital state of sin.

But we’ll take our medicine and wend our way back to grace and harmony. It’s been a long time since anyone spoke the words of Ivan in the Brothers Karamazov. “While there is still time, I hasten to protect myself, and so I renounce the higher harmony altogether. It’s not worth the tears of that one tortured child who beat itself on the breast with its little fist and prayed in its stinking outhouse, with its unexpiated tears to ‘dear, kind God’! It’s not worth it, because those tears are unatoned for. They must be atoned for, or there can be no harmony.”

Atonement cannot simply mean that these two particular individuals are imprisoned or sent to the lethal injection. It must mean if it means anything, that the organization which paid for their tickets and bombs is wiped out so that it may never harm again. No harmony is worth enduring its continued existence. That determination has nothing to do with color and everything to do with who our enemies are. Did I say “enemies”? We don’t do those either. We only do pigmentation.

Somewhere along the line, in our haste to don the complexion of our choice we’ve forgotten to be men. What is the color of a man?


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I guess he forgot how Janet Reno burned mostly white men, women and children alive in a compound in Waco, Texas. Or is it just selective memory?
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What does it mean to “look American?” Do I look American? Do you look American? — Chris Matthews

Can't speak to his rhetorical "you", but no one who has seen and listened to him for any period of time would make that assumption about Chris Matthews. And in most cases, except when he is deliberately wrapping himself in the flag to cover his nether regions when caught out with something; he would be insulted if someone did.

Subotai Bahadur
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Well, I was wrong and trangbang68 was right. If I had been doing such an attack, I would have planned an escape. Obviously these two didn't even consider the plethora of video and photos that would zero in on them. They are not well trained pros, but they are jihadis. Chechens, too. Indicates that the recruitment is going on in many corners of the Muslim world.
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The answer is that Brown University produced the Islamist Leopold and Loeb.

One officer and one perp down and gun battle in Watertown.
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Folks, if you need an uplifting moment, watch this -- the emotional National Anthem in the Boston Bruins' pregame ceremony tonight.

http://preview.tinyurl.com/dxk7pew

THIS is Why We Fight.

I love Americans.
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Kae Arby: Not surprising. His kind always depises those who oppose prior restraints. Terrorists, murderers etc do not hamper his vision of propriety.
Freedom does. We are his enemy. He knows that. Hope our guys realize it in time.
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but but but I didn't say anything.
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itu3t,
Rumsfeld is very much a politician, who sold the war partly by arguing that the improved technology allowed for a smaller footprint. He is also burned by the memory of Vietnam. One argument was that the original plan was to clean out the communists by marching North from Ca Mau with the sexy new Green Berets and three Marine/Army regiments, and that we lost by going big. While I don't think that was the answer I do think that ideas never really go away and can float back 30 years later, as in let's try it again and now with even better technology and better Special Forces. If the target is merely Saddam Hussein then a technician can say "All we need is this footprint for 90 days" but if the target is the evil that threatens us then the technician needs to provide a different answer.

My argument is that if we had cleaned out the source of the evil, if we identified our enemy and insisted on victory, not just temporarily prevailing against an adversary, then we would be safer from lunatics with pressure cooker bombs. Our enemy is Totalitarianism.
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is there any proof that that's the guis?
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Yes... as events have since proven.
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"The fundamental difference between the Left and Conservatives..."

The Left does believe in Evil Masterminds. Deep down the people who watch Michael Moore's movies and like him, the people who get their information from Chris Mathews, the people who ride the NY subways with OWS buttons, and both of the people who watch Rachel Maddow, believe deep down that in some bat cave bunker Dick Cheney the Koch brothers and Montgomery Burns are sealing envelopes full of ricin and sending them to the White House. They believe that if they could get LaPierre of the NRA's cell phone hacked then no child would be shot and everyone would have free milk. They think like that.
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Wretchard,

Well-said. I re-call your sentiments from a post back in 2005 or so before PJM regarding the anniversary of the 9/11 events and wonder if it is available . It was the one extolling all of us to "...never forget and to let them know we will never forget."
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