Thursday, December 01, 2016


This ABC story has angered a number of conservative commentators:
Christmas Party May Have Triggered San Bernardino Terror Attack: Police

Authorities believe the terror attack on Dec. 2, 2015 in San Bernardino may have been triggered by a mandatory training session and lunch replete with holiday decorations including a Christmas tree which shooter Syed Farook was forced to attend.

Emails discovered by the FBI and police reveal Farook’s wife, Pakistani native Tashfeen Malik, objected to the Christmas setting and was upset her husband had to go....

“She had essentially made the statement in an online account that she didn’t think that a Muslim should have to participate in a non-Muslim holiday or event,” said San Bernardino police chief Jarrod Burguan in an exclusive interview with ABC News, that aired on the ABC News program Nightline.
RedState's Mickey White is incensed:
This is fascinating to me. We know the murderous couple had been planning this attack in advance due to the number of weapons and homemade bombs they had accrued, yet ABC News seems content with suggesting this was all over an office Christmas party. This is your Main Stream Media at work....

They aren’t interested in telling the truth, that would upset their narrative. What they want is to push the idea that these two were happy, loving citizens until Farook had his picture taken in front of a Christmas tree. That’s crazy talk.
As is James Barrett of the Daily Wire:
ABC and political correctness-hamstrung officials could not be more transparent in what they are attempting to do here; it is the same thing that ABC's colleagues in the media continually do: attempt to blame the West, particularly America, for the evil actions of those who subscribe to anti-Western ideologies.
So we've established that when terrorist acts occur, conservatives want the blame to be placed where it belongs -- with the perpetrators. Right?

Well, maybe. There's another blame-shifting story about terrorism today, but it comes from Robby Soave, one of the libertarians at Hit & Run:
Ohio State Knife Attacker Abdul Artan Was Taking a Class About Microaggressions

Before he was shot dead while attempting to murder a bunch of people with a car and a butcher's knife, Ohio State University student Abdul Artan -- a Pakistani immigrant who reportedly became radicalized after learning about injustices committed against fellow Muslims -- was enrolled in a class called "Crossing Identity Boundaries."

In fact, he had a group project on "microaggressions" due later this week. The assignment, worth 15 percent of his grade, required students to find a dozen examples of microaggressions on social media and explain which identity groups were the victims, according to the syllabus.
Soave strongly implies that Artan (who was actually Somali, not Pakistani) was inspired to hurt people by a class (actually one assignment within a class) on microaggressions.
But Soave's fellow conservatives will surely chastise him for not blaming the attacker himself. Won't they?

Nahhh. Here's Paul Joseph Watson at Infowars:
The fact that Artan was undergoing politically correct indoctrination illustrates how PC culture is now not only a threat to free speech, but a tool for violent radicalization.
And Jim Treacher at the Daily Caller:
I can’t put it any better than Sean Haffner did:

... It’s bad enough to fill young people’s heads with nonsense like “microaggressions.” It already makes them prone to lashing out like great big babies when they don’t get their way. But when you inculcate such cult-like thinking into a member of an actual cult, you’d better hide the cutlery.
So: Blaming a Christmas-themed gathering for an act of Islamist violence is bad, according to conservatives. Blaming academic leftism? No problem!


Victor said...

Well, since our conservatives and Republicans are the "family values" people, and believe that they are living human versions of the characters in that old (beloved by many) comic, "Family Circus," of course nothing is ever their fault - it's always the fault of me "Not Me!"

And Conservatism can never fail, it can only be failed.

mcfrank said...

And who is it again that lashes out like big babies when they don't get their way?

Green Eagle said...

So does this mean that Artan will lose that 15% off his grade in his microaggression class when he doesn't turn his paper in?