Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Monday, November 9, 2009 8:50 pm

The Fort Hood killings

Filed under: I want my religion back. — Lex @ 8:50 pm
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I haven’t said much about the Fort Hood killings up to this point because 1) with respect to sympathy for the victims and their families, and gratitude to the sergeant who, although wounded herself, took the shooter down, I could think of nothing to say that wasn’t already being said, and 2) with respect to the suspect, I knew very little and was loath to speculate.

There are reports now that the suspect, Maj. Nidal Hasan, was a Muslim extremist who had attempted to contact al-Qaeda. Assuming, at least for the moment, that that’s true, what does it say about U.S. Muslims generally?

Zero. Zilch. Nada. Al-Qaeda is about as mainstream Muslim as the Ku Klux Klan is mainstream Christian.

It says a helluva lot, however, about religious extremists generally, and what it says needs to be repeated and understood: Religious extremists are dangerous. They’re dangerous to less extreme adherents of the same faith, they’re dangerous to everybody else. Whether they are Orthodox Jews killing opponents of Israeli settlements in Palestine or Christian extremists assassinating abortion doctors and fomenting revolution in the American Northwest, they are dangerous.

They must be kept away from weapons of mass destruction … and that includes the levers of government power.

On the occasion of my 20th anniversary in newspapers, I said that one of the two big battles of the 21st century will be medievalism vs. modernism. Five and a half years on, I see no reason to change that view.

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2 Comments

  1. hey lex, followed your link from b-j.

    nice blog!

    joel

    Comment by Joel — Tuesday, November 10, 2009 2:56 pm @ 2:56 pm

  2. Thanks, Joel — come back anytime.

    Comment by Lex — Tuesday, November 10, 2009 11:00 pm @ 11:00 pm


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