The amazing thing about the American left is the way that any action by itself or its pet groups is the action of deranged individuals and any action by someone vaguely connected with conservatism is an indictment of everyone who holds a political ideology. Nowhere is this more true than when it comes to the actions of muslim extremists.
In the wake of the attack on the Paris satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, the airwaves have been crowded by American leftists claiming the perpetrators were not actually muslim. For instance Howard Dean on Morning Joe (h/t to Newsbusters which comprises 50% of Joe Scarborough’s audience)
DEAN: You know, this is a chronic problem. I stopped calling these people Muslim terrorists. They’re about as Muslim as I am. I mean, they have no respect for anybody else’s life, that’s not what the Koran says. Europe has an enormous radical problem. I think ISIS is a cult. Not an Islamic cult. I think it’s a cult.
BRZEZINSKI: Interesting, yeah.
DEAN:[…] So, this is really complicated stuff, and I think you have to treat these people as basically mass murderers. But I do not think we should accord them any particular religious respect, because I don’t think, whatever they’re claiming their motivation is, is clearly a twisted, cultish mind.
Dunderkind Ezra Klein takes it a step further. These people are just nuts.
What happened on Wednesday, according to current reports, is that two men went on a killing spree. Their killing spree, like most killing sprees, will have some thin rationale. Even the worst villains believe themselves to be heroes. But in truth, it was unprovoked slaughter. The fault lies with no one but them and their accomplices. Their crime isn’t explained by cartoons or religion. Plenty of people read Charlie Hebdo’s cartoons and managed to avoid responding with mass murder. Plenty of people follow all sorts of religions and somehow get through the day without racking up a body count. The answers to what happened today won’t be found in Charlie Hebdo’s pages. They can only be found in the murderers’ sick minds.
What both Dean and Klein have done have used tautology to explain away the obvious motivator. Dean takes the more theological approach. He declares that muslim extremists don’t exist because, well, there are no muslim extremists because he (an Episcoplian that backslid into Unitarianism) says these people aren’t muslims. Klein uses the Chris …read more