Friday, March 5, 2010

Right Wing?

Two unbalanced citizens have attacked the government in the past month: a small-plane pilot in Texas and a well-dressed gunman at the Pentagon. Outlets in the mainstream media have labeled both of them "right wing extremists" at some point. The facts seem to differ. CS Monitor uses that label in their headline, but the details disagree:
writings... on the Internet, express ill will toward the government and the armed forces and question whether Washington itself might have been behind the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
He was a 9/11 truther and hated the U.S. military? That doesn't sound 'right wing' in any meaningful sense. Extreme right wingers are noted by their nationalism and pro-military views. The Austin attacker also posted a long screed on the internet. It's not exactly a work of philosophy, but the only politician he singles out for hate is George W. Bush. Likewise, he closes his diatribe by favorably comparing communism to capitalism.

It would be uncharitable to attribute these loner lunatics to the Angry Left, but it would, at least, fit the facts better than the MSM storyline. CSM closes its story noting,
The Pentagon attack and the destruction at the IRS building in Austin, Texas, come at a time of explosive growth in extremist-group activism across the United States, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks such organizations.

The number of US extremist paramilitary militias grew from 42 in 2008 to 127 in 2009, according to a just-released SPLC annual report.
There is no evidence that either attacker had ties to any of those militias, or any other political groups.

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