A fugitive animal rights activist believed to be hiding outside the United States has become the first domestic terror suspect named to the FBI's list of "Most Wanted" terrorists.
Daniel Andreas San Diego, a 31-year-old computer specialist from Berkeley, Calif., is wanted for the 2003 bombings of two corporate offices in California.
The article itself isn't anything special, but I scrolled down to see what the lefties reactions would be to an eco-terrorist being thrown on the list.
This was the first comment I saw:
i agree with so many others here (and i am surprised!) that i hope such a suspect continues to evade authorities however he might.
similarly i reject the term "terror" or even "violence" in reference to the destruction of objects..(as it has been noted, these groups make extraordinary effort not to harm ANY living thing.)
So using violence and destruction to get someone to stop doing something you don't want them to do is ok so long as you don't hurt anyone? That doesn't sound right. Let's go to the dictionary to see how they define terrorism:
- the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, esp. for political purposes.
- the state of fear and submission produced by terrorism or terrorization.
- a terroristic method of governing or of resisting a government.
The word the above poster was looking for is murderer. Terrorism is a separate thing which can include murder, but one can use violence to coerce for political purposes without being a murderer.
This post wasn't an isolated thing either. Similar posts lacking any sense or reason can be found throughout the comment section:
When I saw the headline I felt sure he was a bankster and we were on our way to rounding them all up. What a let down.
Time for Mr. Obama to call off the hounds on this one...do we even know what corporate buildings this guy "allegedly" bombed? Just the word "corporate" would indicate a high probability that the attack was justified... Corporate America is bringing this world to its knees...
I wish San Diego and his fellow "animal rights and environmental extremists" luck in evading arrest. So long as they take care to avoid killing or seriously injuring anyone, I am sympathetic.
After the "War on Terror", maybe it would be appropriate to start the "War of Terror" against those Americans timothy mcveigh look alike and other well founded militias, super armed to the teeth, and stuffed, intellectually, with infinite hate for the federal government, the blacks, Jews, homosexual, liberals, Hollywood, the rest of the Universe, including the underverse.
I always wandered...Why our response to 911, against the terrorist + those who were with or against us, wasn't equal to the blown federal building, by the internal terrorist Mcveigh and his look alike.
Was it the number of death differences?
One conservative did lay down a very reasonable argument including numbers:
Other than McVeigh how many right wing terrorists can you name? How many right wing terrorist acts have been carried out in the US? Here's some LEFT WING attacks will someone list the RIGHT WING ones?
Ted Kaczynski sent 16 bombs to targets including universities and airlines, killing three people and injuring 23: LEFT WING
Free Puerto Rico's FALN and Macheteros activities resulted in 72 actual bombings, 40 incendiary attacks, 8 attempted bombings and 10 bomb threats, resulting in 5 deaths, 83 injuries, and over $3 million in property damage: LEFT WING
According to the FBI this PETA/ELF nut Andreas and his fellow LEFT wing companions are responsible for "more than 1,800 crimes and caused more than $110 million in damages. He said the FBI is currently investigating about 170 incidents of animal rights or environmental extremism.
But as I pointed out above these people aren't particularly fond of reason:
The Bush Administration
The Banking industry.
Just to get the ball rolling.
Sorry for not having the facts and figures,
But you and I both know that these three terrorist Groups
have done more harm to the US than Al etc.al?,Saddam,etc.al.
Still the same old mentallity
Hunt and kill Jesse James for stealing $150,000 over a lifetime
and yet refuse to investigate these multi-billion dollar robbers and politicians
At least he's polite and admits that he doesn't have anything to back up his argument other than his own self-righteousness.
The comments continue in this fashion, dismissing this man as either a hero or non-threat while at the same time warning about Christians, the right, bankers, corporations, and Bush. To be a fair a few individuals do point out that this man broke the law, and is in fact a terrorist, but these reasonable few are drowned out by the hundreds of others ranting about what a great injustice this is.
Now to be clear: I'm not using these comments as an example of Huffington Post. What I'm using them as is an example of the left, which I think is more than fair unless someone wants to make the argument that HuffPo posters aren't at all representative of the left. But I don't think anyone would make that argument, in fact I find it significantly more likely that leftists will agree the posters.
Now lets contrast all of this to how conservatives acted when George Tiller was murdered:
I am conflicted.
I am relieved Tiller will not be able to kill any more of our children. I am sad this is because he was murdered.
Murder is murder and here’s to hoping the shooter is caught and either locked up forever or given his own dirt nap.
“The wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God” James 1:20
I’ve been praying for his family and loved ones all day. I’ve also asked that God would not allow murder to be the means of justice in the minds of those who claim to be called by His name.
The worst comment I found from a casual glance through was:
Prayers for the dead are an invention of the Catholic church, and have no basis in Scripture. Tiller wasted his life as a murderer, and now his own murderer will also have to answer for his abominable act.
If you feel a need to pray for someone, pray for the living fiends who welcomed a baby-murderer into their worship assembly simply for his blood-drenched tithes.
Hot Air does moderate its comments section, so anything extremely vile would be removed, but even so the vast majority of posts are tame and compassionate.
Liberals are extremely good at appearing to be reasonable or fair on the surface, but underneath it they are far detached from the majority of Americans. The posts above are a good example of that, but it's also a warning for conservatives. As we get more and more riled up we have to be careful to ensure we don't become what they are. So far we're doing a pretty good job.
If you ever find yourself edging closer to that line, just think of this gem I found in the comment section:
This country should worry more about the right wing extremism, they are the most scary.
We're not the ones starting riots and planting bombs, bud.