So I have people commenting at me that I need to rescind my opinion that it is the political rhetoric that causes violence. I concede that we’re not exactly sure what the Tuscan shooter was thinking, but when you target a political figure, there’s a 90% chance that political motivation is behind it.
I rarely ever read about killers not having a motivation to their killing. The APA agrees – nearly every murder or shooting has a motive. Being crazy does not mean that the killer didn’t possess a logical (even twisted logic) reasoning for shooting people. Most killers have motive – regardless of whether it makes sense or not. Looking at who was targeted and the murder’s past tells detectives what the motive was.
Now, Sarah Palin and a few other moronic pundits are trying to deflect blame by claiming that the killer is crazy, therefore cannot be motivated politically or socially. Which is assanine. All killers are motivated by something. Usually it’s a SOCIAL MOTIVATION. In terms of assassinating political figures, it’s a POLITICAL MOTIVATION. Again, even if the motivation doesn’t make sense to us, it made sense to the killer. But something – some violent urge or action or declaration – triggered the motivation. And it’s most likely something in the media.
I wonder what they’re going to do if the Tuscon shooter produces a detailed manifesto – a political tirade, let’s say. I can almost assure you they will go into full defense mode and start deflecting blame even harder. Right now, it’s really easy to say, “He’s a lunatic, there is no motivation,” than admit that there is a problem in political rhetoric that probably should be addressed before someone else is killed in the name of politics. But that would be the responsible, sensible thing to do, and Sarah Palin is anything but a responsible, sensible person. Her logic: It’s not her/them. It’s never her/them. It’s always the liberal’s fault.
Hezbollah is basically commiting political terrorism from within the Lebanon government. A cunning tactic, but terrorism all the same. I’m glad that most Middle Eastern governments are acknowledging that and reacting negatively to Hezbollah’s withdraw.