Or rather, veterans thereof. In a remarkably fact-free opinion filled with “may” “probably” and “could” statements, a New York Times op-ed columnist warns of the “danger” American veterans “could” pose – according to the US Department of Homeland Security. He also smears those who enter the American Special Forces.
You know, those guys who just rescued an American merchant captain from pirates.
These soldiers could prove fertile ground for men hoping to prey on their fear, loneliness and dispossession.
And those extremist leaders may be able to connect more easily with some of these soldiers because many were soldiers themselves. According to the F.B.I. report, “although individuals with military backgrounds constitute a small percentage of white supremacist extremists, they frequently occupy leadership roles.”
Because many know firsthand the value of military experience, they not only recruit those leaving the military, they send recruits into it. According to Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center, “Many white supremacists over the years have pushed their followers to join the military and enter either the special forces, where the training is judged to be the best in the world, or the infantry, where you will learn the skills necessary to fight the coming race war.”
We have here opinion based on opinion as reported by media opinion and innuendo.
I’ll leave it up to the reader to figure out what is wrong with the “reasoning” of this commentary from the NYT.
For the record, I am considerably less afraid of the US Special Forces than I am of this particular variety of “reasoning”.