Nice compare/contrast on Tuesday between the hard-right chattering classes and the moderate-conservative chinstrokerati.
Representing the former: Wasp-penned Wall Street Journal editorial board member Dorothy Rabinowitz.
Representing the latter: Every-liberal’s-favorite-conservative David Brooks, New York Times op-ed columnist.
Both Brooks and Rabinowitz decried the mainstream media’s depiction of Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan – who murdered 13 and wounded 29 others at Fort Hood in Texas last Thursday – as a “victim.” And both decried the factory-installed “Allahu akbar” war cry of Muslim terrorists.
They are the ones who go into crowded rooms, shout “Allahu akbar,” or “God is great,” and then start murdering.
To kill your fellow Americans—as many as possible, unarmed and in the most helpless of circumstances, while shouting “Allahu Akbar” (God is great), requires, of course, only murderous hatred . . .
Rabinowitz and Brooks also opine in (sort of) tandem about the news coverage of the massacre.
The conversation in the first few days after the massacre was well intentioned, but it suggested a willful flight from reality.
The tide of pronouncements and ruminations pointing to every cause for this event other than the one obvious to everyone in the rational world continues apace.
The motive du jour in the mainstream media, according to Brooks and Rabinowitz?
Fear of Deployment.
We heard the theory (unlikely in retrospect) that Hasan was so traumatized by the thought of going into a combat zone that he decided to take a gun and create one of his own.
The thesis then: Maj. Hasan’s mental stress, provoked by the suffering of Americans who had been in combat, caused him to go out and butcher as many of these soldiers as he could.
But it’s in their conclusions about the mainstream media that Brooks and Rabinowitz diverge.
It denied, before the evidence was in, the possibility of evil. It sought to reduce a heinous act to social maladjustment. It wasn’t the reaction of a morally or politically serious nation.
It has taken Maj. Hasan, and the fantastic efforts to explain away his act of bloody hatred, to bring home how much less capable we are of recognizing the dangers confronting us than we were even before September 11.
In this matter, Brooks and Rabinowitz are the Cicero and Demosthenes of 21st century punditry.
When Cicero had finished speaking, the people said, ‘How well he spoke,’ but when Demosthenes had finished speaking, the people said, ‘Let us march.’
The people are gonna march on this.