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Dedicated Obtusity, Salon-Style February 22, 2017

Posted by geoff in News.

I don’t think Salon’s doing well, but they’re certainly not thinking well. Here’s today’s exciting Salontweet:

There are the obvious observations that the Oklahoma City Bombing was not motivated by Christianity, and that it is terrorism outside the country that we are worried about bringing into the country (“During [2016], there were 2476 Islamic attacks in 59 countries, in which 21239 people were killed and 26677 injured.“).

But also…ummm…Salonperson? It’s not a contest – all terrorism is bad. Here was the response to the Oklahoma City Bombing:

  • We executed Timothy McVeigh.
  • Terry Nichols was sentenced to 161 life terms with no possibility of parole.
  • A crackdown on militia groups reduced their number from 370 in 1996 to 68 just three years later.
  • The GSA specified that federal buildings should be set back from the street, buildings should be engineered to prevent collapse, and shatterproof glass should be used. Concrete barriers were placed outside buildings, and x-ray scanners and armed guards were added to buildings. Daycares were banned from federal buildings.
  • Congress passed the Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996.

If we took these measures to prevent homegrown threats from causing this sort of catastrophe, what measures would we take to thwart external threats?

Just because we have our own problems doesn’t mean that it’s OK to import more.


1. Jimbro - February 22, 2017

Well stated

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