I saw a disturbing editorial cartoon this morning, just one day after the shooting in San Bernadino. There was a chicken labeled domestic terrorism and an egg labeled right wing media. It asked the questions "Which came first? Which caused which?" What planet is this cartoonist living on? Syed Farook was inspired by Bill O'Reilly to go to Saudi Arabia and marry a Saudi Arabian, and then come back and shoot up a California Christmas party? In what alternate universe does that make sense? Most of the mainstream media would summarily reject such a preposterous notion, and I am mystified as to why a responsible newspaper would print such a cartoon.
The mainstream media is still searching for a reason why Syed Farook would do such a thing. Just as they are still searching for a reason that Nidal Hassan would shoot up Fort Hood. And they're still wondering why Abdulhakim Muhammad shot up the Little Rock recruiting office. And it's still a mystery to them why Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez shot up the Chattanooga recruiting office. May I make a modest suggestion? Radical Islam.
The mainstream media didn't have any trouble finding a reason why Robert Dear shot up an abortion center. Those bad nasty religious fanatics, the Pro-Lifers inspired him to do it. I assume that's the point the silly cartoon was trying to make, but its publication was badly timed.
Question: If it's so easy to jump to conclusions blaming the right for violence, why isn't it just as easy to jump to conclusions blaming other groups for violence?
Answer: Political correctness.
According to the tenets of postmodern political correctness, you must avoid criticizing some groups at all costs and at the same time take every opportunity to criticize others. Criticizing anyone associated with Islam runs counter to the current politically correct storyline which ipso facto makes any minority victims and any conservatives either villains or nincompoops. Here is a fact that the mainstream media needs to wake up to: villainy knows no boundaries. Of course there are villainous conservatives, but they are far outnumbered (and outgunned) by villainous jihadis. Take off the blinders. Admit the truth. If a home-grown radical Islamist commits a violent act, don't stick your heads in the sand and pretend you can't figure out why they did it.