Liberty is an inherently offensive lifestyle. Living in a free society guarantees that each one of us will see our most cherished principles and beliefs questioned and in some cases mocked. That psychic discomfort is the price we pay for basic civic peace. It's worth it. It's a pragmatic principle. Defend everyone else's rights, because if you don't there is no one to defend yours. -- MaxedOutMama

I don't just want gun rights... I want individual liberty, a culture of self-reliance....I want the whole bloody thing. -- Kim du Toit

The most glaring example of the cognitive dissonance on the left is the concept that human beings are inherently good, yet at the same time cannot be trusted with any kind of weapon, unless the magic fairy dust of government authority gets sprinkled upon them.-- Moshe Ben-David

The cult of the left believes that it is engaged in a great apocalyptic battle with corporations and industrialists for the ownership of the unthinking masses. Its acolytes see themselves as the individuals who have been "liberated" to think for themselves. They make choices. You however are just a member of the unthinking masses. You are not really a person, but only respond to the agendas of your corporate overlords. If you eat too much, it's because corporations make you eat. If you kill, it's because corporations encourage you to buy guns. You are not an individual. You are a social problem. -- Sultan Knish

All politics in this country now is just dress rehearsal for civil war. -- Billy Beck

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Rightwing Extremist Military Veteran Lone Wolf Terrorist

. . . shoots two guards at the Holocaust museum in Washington, D.C., killing one.

The Left and the media (but I repeat myself) are now touting the recent DHS "Rightwing Extremist" document as prophetic.

The guy was an 88 year-old WWII veteran and ex-con, white supremacist, holocaust denier, and general nutball. Oh, and illegally in possession of a .22 caliber rifle.

I am reminded, however, of a quote from Neil Strauss' recent bestseller Emergency: This Book Will Save Your Life:
Few of the most brutal periods in medieval history - from the sack of Rome to the early Inquisition - were as coldly barbaric as what happened in our supposedly enlightened modern Western civilization.

And though I left the (Holocaust) museum with the reassuring message that the world stood up and said "never again" to genocide, it only took a minute of reflection to realize that it happened again - immediately. In the USSR, Stalin continued to deport, starve, and send to work camps millions of minorities. As the bloody years rolled on, genocides occurred in Bangladesh in 1971, Cambodia in 1975, Rwanda in 1994, and in Bosnia in the mid 1990s.

All these genocides occurred in ordinary worlds where ordinary people went about ordinary business. The Jews were integrated into every aspect of the German social and professional strata before the Holocaust. The entire educated class in Cambodia - teachers, doctors, lawyers, anyone who simply wore glasses - was sent to death camps. And as Philip Gourevitch wrote in his book on the Rwandan massacre, "Neighbors hacked neighbors to death in their workplaces. Doctors killed their patients, and schoolteachers killed their pupils."


So what I ultimately learned at the Holocaust Museum was not "never again," but "again and again and again."
Chew on that.

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