Look, I lived through this. I'm not minimizing what these murderous idiots did up here and, as far as I'm concerned, the surviving brother can celebrate Arbor Day in Pelican Bay for the rest of his life. But every little detail that's emerging about the brothers goes a long way toward defusing the OMIGOD MOOOOOSSSSLLIIIIIMMMMMM CALIPHATE JIHAD!!!! hysteria in certain precincts of the media. The history of this country, alas, is replete with bloodshed inflicted on the innocent by rage-blinded misfits. Some huge acts of mass murder inflicted by the angry and the lost have vanished from history almost entirely. (Google "Andrew Kehoe Bath Michigan" some time.) The fact that we now have a frame made largely of unreasoning fear and reflexive xenophobia doesn't change that. Losers can kill people as easily as winners can, and ennobling the actions of a couple of bloodthirsty square pegs by draping those actions with vast, geopolitical significance is a bigger disservice to their victims than laughing at the two of them is. Let them be ridiculed. Let them be tried. Let them be convicted. Let us then not hear of them again. But let them be ridiculed first. It's healthy.
Thursday, April 25, 2013