Single bullet theory
The first few minutes Of Rachel Maddow's segment on the execution of Dr. George Tiller reveal the face of terrorism.
On Monday, Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammed, a young African-American man who was born Carlos Bledsoe and changed his name after recruiting to Islam, pulled up outside an Army recruiting station and opened fire. He killed one young soldier, just out of boot camp and assisting the regular recruiters, and injured another as he sprayed gunfire towards an otherwise empty building. The MSM reports that he was angry about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and ABC news reports that the FBI had been investigating him after a trip to Yemen, when he was found to have a forged Somali passport.
The FBI are also now “taking apart his life, examining his friendships, educational records, travel within the United States and possible contacts with extremists overseas,” despite the fact that overwhelming evidence is that he acted alone. His act, while an atrocity, is unlikely to intimidate anyone: not the US gov’t into changing its policies on Iraq and Afghanistan; not the Army recruiters, who will continue recruiting while using this incident to demonstrate why we must “win”; not the potential recruits, who these days are mostly desperate young men and women with no better option than to volunteer to get shot at.
Scott Roeder has been charged with one count of first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated assault. Abdulhakim Mujahi Muhammed has been charged with one count of capital murder and fifteen (yes, fifteen. one five. 15.) counts of “terroristic acts”. I demand that someone explain to me how these charges are rational without resorting to egregious sexism and racism. Really. I want some damned answers here.
So: Why is it that:
Lone Muslim Gunman = Terrorist
White Christofascist Terrorist = Lone Gunman
I want some damn answers too.
UPPITY WOMAN DATE: Dammit Janet is on the case. Go forth and readeth.