Monday, November 30, 2015

Domestic terrorism: Abortion clinic attacks are just one example

"Why Hate Speech by Presidential Candidates is Despicable"

The lead on this one is from Robert Reich at his blog. The Colorado Springs shooting is getting the attention in the media:

On Friday, a gunman killed three at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado. Later, in explaining his motive to the police, he said "no more baby parts."

But there are many more incidents of domestic terrorism attributable to the Republican vitriol. Reich lists them. For example:

Last Monday, gunmen opened fire on Black Lives Matter protesters in Minneapolis who were demanding action against two white Minneapolis police officers involved in the fatal shooting of Jamar Clark, 24, an unarmed black man, on Nov. 15.

Reich concludes:

I’m not suggesting Trump, Carson, Fiorina, or any other presidential candidate is directly to blame for hate crimes erupting across America.

But by virtue of their standing as presidential candidates, their words carry particular weight. They have a responsibility to calm people with the truth rather than stir them up with lies.

In suggesting that the staff of Planned Parenthood, Muslims, Black Lives Matter protesters, and Mexican immigrants are guilty of venal acts, these candidates are fanning the flames of hate.

This itself is despicable.

Here are two related posts at Blog for Arizona.

Why won't the American media call domestic terrorism terrorism?

The definition of "terrorism" is ter·ror·ism /ˈterəˌrizəm/ (noun) the use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims. The American media is loath to use the term "terrorism" when reporting the acts of anti-abortionists who kill doctors and patients and vandalize or blow up abortion clinics, but make no mistake, they are terrorists.

Incitement to terrorism, Fiorina style

... what specifically motivated the murderer, doesn’t the analysis start with: Did the murderer see Fiorina’s infamous mini-speech at the Republican debate, when she demanded that we "watch a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking while someone says we have to keep it alive to harvest its brain"?

Can anyone doubt that if the Colorado Springs murderer saw Fiorina that night, or later saw the video, that’s what pushed him over the edge? If one were affirmatively trying to incite violence towards people affiliated with Planned Parenthood, could he or she have been any more effective than Fiorina?

The bottom line is we may have an accessory to murder running for President. Welcome to the "greatest country in the world."

"Can anyone doubt ...?" Yes, given the difficulty with causal inference, one can have doubts about any specific incident or statement. But the overall level and content of the Republican rhetoric - the hate speech - makes it plausible that the vileness exemplified by Fiorina sets the occasion for domestic terrorism.

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