Private William Long is dead, Private Quinton Ezeagwula was wounded, and Abdulhakim etcetera apparently had a good reason for shooting them. From his point of view, at any rate.
"...Before the not guilty plea, authorities said Bledsoe waived his Miranda rights Monday and gave a video statement indicating that there were "political and religious" motives in the shooting.
"He 'stated that he was a practicing Muslim, that he was mad at the U.S. military because of what it had done to Muslims in the past,' homicide detective Tommy Hudson said in a police report...." (CNN)
Muslims are Murderers, Right?Wrong. At least, I haven't found evidence that Islam is a 'seventh century death cult,' a monolithic threat to beer, bikinis, and the American way.
I don't approve of Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and other outfits whose goal is to make the world safe from men who wear trousers. And I regard the Saudi judicial system as a sort of sideshow: one that would be amusing, if the floggings weren't real.
But I don't think they're "Islam."
Any more than I think that Scott Roeder and the KKK are "Christianity."
I don't even think that religion in general is a bad thing. Which makes me very much not part of the "sophisticated" clique in American culture.
Bledsoe is a convert to Islam.
But not, I suspect, to the sort of Islam practiced in a Toronto Mosque, where Muslims are emulating Alcoholics Anonymous in their effort to 'detoxify' the minds of youngsters who absorbed the 'jihad' notions of Al Qaeda and company.
And, again I suspect, Bledsoe Muhammad Mujahid whatever isn't connected with the Islam practiced by the people behind posters made by The Subway Project.
Beware Assumptions About 'Those People'I've written about this before: Replacing thought with assumptions is not a good idea. Assumptions may be convenient, allowing people to come to conclusions without the effort of thinking. But assumptions don't have a particularly good track record for accuracy.
In Iran, the 'usual suspects' are "arrogant powers" like the great Satan America. (May 30, 2009) This mindset can be embarrassing. Like the time Iran announced that it had prevented an attack by forcing down an American warplane. That wasn't American. And wasn't a military aircraft. (October 7, 2008)
Iran isn't the only place where assumptions sometimes take the place of thought. Quite a few people still think the "Ames Strain" of anthrax came from Ames, Iowa. (August 15, 2008)
More seriously, quite a few people in America appear convinced that victims of the September 11, 2001, attack on New York City deserved to die: because they were "little Eichmanns." (April 3, 2009)
As I wrote a few days ago: "One of the drawbacks, I think, of dominating a country's government, news media, educational institutions, and other information gatekeepers, is the tendency to start believing one's own propaganda." (May 29, 2009)
It's very easy to blame 'those people,' assuming that they embody all the vice and error of humanity. Since I'm a Catholic, I'm one of 'those people' in the eyes of many. That makes me a bit cautious when it comes to assumptions about other groups.
That doesn't mean that I approve of, or make excuses for the fellow with so many names. Going into a recruiting center and killing somebody is wrong.
And, when the victim is a member of the armed forces, stupid. People in the American military are dedicated to maintaining the freedoms enjoyed by Americans and those living in America: including the right to say that the American military is to blame for whatever's wrong at the moment.
- "Dr. George Tiller's Murder Link Page
A Catholic Citizen in America
- "Iran, Islam, "Arrogant Powers" and 'Certain Expansionist Superpowers,' and Common Sense"
(May 30, 2009)
- "U. S. Bombed Mosque: Iran Official - 'When in Doubt, Blame the Americans' "
(May 29, 2009)
- "Homeland Security Report: American Veterans are Potential Terrorists - I am Not Making This Up"
(April 15, 2009)
- "Professor Ward Churchill is Back: A Glorious Victory for Academic Freedom, Tenure, and the American Academic Way"
(April 3, 2009)
- "Sounds of Silence: 2009"
(March 31, 2009)
- "Pro-Life? You May be a Dangerous Domestic Terrorist! MIAC Says So"
A Catholic Citizen in America (March 23, 2009)
- "House of Saud Lashes Old Woman: Another Tale from the Weird Side"
(March 10, 2009)
- "Canadian Mosque's 'Specialized De-Radicalization Intervention Program' - Sounds Good"
(February 26, 2009)
- " 'Towelhead,' 'Retard,' and Talking Sense in a Global Society"
(February 24, 2009)
- "Muslim Founder of Islamic Network Beheads Wife: But it's No Big Deal?"
(February 16, 2009)
- "What is Islam? Even Muslims Don't Seem to Agree"
(February 6, 2009)
- "Hamas, Palestine, Israel, and How to Seem Sophisticated"
(January 3, 2009)
- "Emotions, the Frontal Cortex, The War on Terror, Anarchists, and the Illuminati"
(December 23, 2008)
- "Iranian Airspace Violated! Iran Forces Down American Warplane! (Whoops: Never Mind)"
(October 7, 2008)
- "Assumptions; the Ames Anthrax Strain; Ames, Iowa, and Fort Deterick">
(August 15, 2008)
- "Pro-Islamic Ads Coming to New York City Subways: There's a Real Danger Here, of Becoming Informed"
(July 21, 2008)
- "Liberty City Seven / Liberty City 6"
Multiple posts (starting March 27, 2008)
- "United States of America: 232 Years in the Freedom Business"
(July 3, 2008)
- "The Effect of Information Technology and Media Preoocupation with Urban Events on the Relative Sophistication of Urban and Rural Populations"
(April 13, 2008)
- "With Friends Like These, Does Islam Need Enemies?"
(January 22, 2008)
- " 'They’re all Muslims' - This Does Not Help"
(December 29, 2007)
- "Empire State Building Shines Green for Eid"
(October 13, 2007)
- Good news, I think. A comment shows that not everyone agrees.
- "Rep. Ellison's Misconstrued Reichstag Remarks"
(July 17, 2007)
- "Muslims, Money-Laundering, and a Mistrial"
(October 22, 2007)
- "Celebrate Today, or You're a Bigot!"
(September 9, 2007)
- "Man pleads not guilty in deadly recruiting center shootings"
CNN (June 2, 2009)