So why the recent spate of deadly right-wing hate crimes? As Salon.com's Joan Walsh cited, it could be in no small part due to the incendiary rhetoric of talking heads like Bill O'Reilly and Limbaugh, who've been accused of fanning the flames of hate with their inciteful on-air rabble-rousing.
"If I were a marginal, unemployed, angry, racist white man right now, I'd be hearing a lot of mainstream conservative support for my point of view. Can that help create a climate for more violence? I don't know. I hope not, but I don't know."Let's apply the method the left uses to cast blame for a terrible crime onto someone other than the person who actually committed the crime.
In Cairo last week President Obama said this
Six million Jews were killed -- more than the entire Jewish population of Israel today. Denying that fact is baseless, it is ignorant, and it is hateful. Threatening Israel with destruction -- or repeating vile stereotypes about Jews -- is deeply wrong, and only serves to evoke in the minds of Israelis this most painful of memories while preventing the peace that the people of this region deserve.In short: Millions of Jews died in the holocaust, but on the other hand, the Jews are similarly oppressing the Palestinians.
On the other hand, it is also undeniable that the Palestinian people -- Muslims and Christians -- have suffered in pursuit of a homeland. For more than 60 years they've endured the pain of dislocation. Many wait in refugee camps in the West Bank, Gaza, and neighboring lands for a life of peace and security that they have never been able to lead. They endure the daily humiliations -- large and small -- that come with occupation. So let there be no doubt: The situation for the Palestinian people is intolerable. And America will not turn our backs on the legitimate Palestinian aspiration for dignity, opportunity, and a state of their own.
Could it be that James Von Brunn heard Barack Obama's speech in Cairo. Did he hear Obama compare the Holocaust to what the Jews are doing to Palestinians? Did he then determine that President Obama confirmed what he already believed about the Jews being a blight to humanity? After all, in Obama's own words, the Jews are responsible for the most recent Holocaust: that which has been on going for 60 years in Palestine.
In a symbolic act, Von Brunn then attacks the DC Holocaust Museum in response to President Obama fomenting his already deeply rooted hatred of the Jews.
Neither talk radio nor Fox News have ever been anti-semitic, and they've certainly never said anything as anti-semitic as what Barack Obama said in Cairo. So when a man attacks a monument in remembrance of Jewish suffering one week later, it seems to me Obama carries the blame on this one too.
So if you're one of those liberals who is inclined to blame someone other than the person who committed the crime, there's your connection. If you're all set to blame Fox News, blame talk radio, or wonder aloud "what made them crash planes into our buildings," then the only person to blame for the attack on the holocaust museum is the man who spoke so prominently against the Jewish people less than one week earlier.
As for me, like I said in the Tiller case, I blame the man who pulled the trigger, unlike those liberals who can't bring themselves to do so.
(Thanks to meanolmeany for some direction on this.)