Thursday, April 19

I Don't Get It

Are these people serious?

I just watched NBC correspondent Richard Engel putting in his two cents from Baghdad for this tragic incident. Apparently, the shooter, Cho Seung-Hui, referred to himself as "Ismail Ax." When I saw this earlier, it just looked like another component in the psychopathology of this kid. Some kind of severely deluded superhero complex. But Richard Engel tells me that it comes from my religion--tying it in with the Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) and his submission to Allah's Will when asked to sacrifice his son, the Prophet Ismail (Ishmael), peace and blessings upon them. How can this tragedy that was indiscriminate, absolutely premeditated by an evidently disturbed individual, suddenly be tied to Islam? American Muslims were as affected by this event as any other Americans, and we sympathize for those the victims leave behind. There is no line of reasoning at all here, and this is being nationally broadcast. This guy didn't even mention anything about Islam or any Muslims--he was indiscriminate. If anything, he bashed Christianity and the Prophet Isa (Jesus) the son of Maryam (peace and blessings be upon them) in his manifesto. Clearly that has nothing to do with his actions. So how did we get inserted into this? And it's not some outlier individual far from the mainstream talking because he found a mic; It's a respected reporter on air for the National Broadcasting Company. Unbelievable.

People must be hell bent on tying Islam to anything evil in this world to attempt putting this on our plate. But no one ever asked us before when 19 people none of us ever met became people we are still apparently responsible for, when someone we didn't know until our media outlets shoved his name down our throats became the man brainwashing us all into joining his ideology, so I guess it may not matter that this is unwarranted, unjust, malicious, and absolutely unacceptable.

Anyway.

Here is a Newsweek article by Howard Fineman, who seems to have been able to capture some truth about the moot concept of "gun-control" in our culture.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18161645/site/newsweek/

This article is a collection of some notable comments from around the world in reaction to what happened at VT. I found this quotation most interesting:

"[T]he response of many who wish America ill will have been gratuitous schadenfreude. They see a people who live by the gun also dying by it, be they Marines in Anbar province or students in Virginia…. How can American soldiers disarm Iraqi families of their weapons in Baghdad yet claim the right to arm themselves to the teeth back home?" —The Guardian columnist Simon Jenkins http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18181477/site/newsweek/

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