A Culture Of Victimology

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Christopher Chantrill, writing in The American Thinker, asks how Seattle, the very ideal of tolerance, could be the site of the attack by a Pakistani-American Muslim on a Jewish charity.

How could it happen?  In Seattle, of all places, a city of moderation and diversity?  On Friday, July 28, a man barged into the offices of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle.  It is alleged that, armed with two handguns, Naveed Afzal Haq, 30, killed one woman and wounded five others.

And so the War on Terror comes to liberal Seattle, at the very heart of the congressional district of “Baghdad” Jim McDermott.  Although Seattle is the very enemy of “hate,” Haq will not be prosecuted for a hate crime, according to Seattle Times reporters.  He will be prosecuted under state murder laws.

That’s as it should be.  The hate crime laws were designed with right-wing militias and gay-bashers in mind.  They were never intended to be used against Muslim hatemongers and Jew-baiters.

Back when right-wingnuts were blowing up innocent civilians in federal office buildings, no less a person than the President of the United States hinted that right-wing talk radio was to blame.

So we are bound to ask: is there something in left-wing culture, something rotten in the State of Washington, that encourages Muslim 30-year-olds with a sense of grievance to make the killing of innocent Jewish American women thinkable?

Chantrill then details a long list of excuses made through the years for this group or that group being held to a lower standard of behavior than everyone else. A litany of excusing violence and rage in the name of tolerance. And all that tolerance has accomplished is to generate the next group to make excuses for.

After the workers, it was the blacks.  You couldn’t expect them to keep the peace in the inner city.  The rage of three hundred years of slavery and its aftermath was too great to be contained.  And as President Lyndon Baines Johnson said at Howard University in 1965:

You do not take a person who, for years, has been hobbled by chains and liberate him, bring him up to the starting line of a race and then say, “you are free to compete with all the others,” and still justly believe that you have been completely fair.

After the blacks it  was the women.  They were the “victim of the species,” wrote Simone de Beauvoir in “The Data of Biology,” (Chapter One of The Second Sex) and must be liberated from millennia of patriarchal oppression and alterity.

Then it was gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgenders, and the questioning.

Now it is the Muslims of the Middle East. The Ottoman Empire collapses and the century of violent conflict between its subject peoples is all the fault of the West and the Jews.  No wonder the Palestinians and the Iranians and the Shia of southern Lebanon are outraged.  They stole “our treasure, our oil, and our resources,” bellows Sheikh Nasrullah.

We see it today in the Middle East. Israel and the US held to higher standards, Hezbollah is given a complete pass on it's war crimes. This despite the fact that Lebanon is a signer of the Geneva Conventions and Hezbollah is a legitimate part of the Lebanese government (and is therefore equally bound by the Conventions). What's the answer? Well, in Seattle it's more group hugs and tolerance. Business as usual. Excuses as always.

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