I blogged myself into exhaustion yesterday keeping up with the development (or, should I say, degradation) of the Popal story, as it went from being about random terror, to an Islamic perpetrator, to a crazy guy. Today, believe it or not, I should be working, not blogging. I’ll therefore leave the last word to Thomas Lifson, who ably writes about how we inevitably catagorize these Muslim mass murderers within our midst as deranged:
Was Hitler crazy? He certainly believed in bizarre contra-factual conspiracy theories, had a deep interest in the occult, and is believed by many historians to have so ineptly and arbitrarily handled German military strategy and weapons development that he turned quite possible victory into defeat for the Third Reich.
Does it matter whether or not he was technically insane? Probably not. Judge him by his actions.
The same approach should be taken with those who seek to slay Jews, Americans, and infidels in the name of Islam.
This week saw yet another incident of a young Muslim male traveling to a location where Jews can be found, and attempting to murder them. Omeed Aziz Popal, who drove his vehicle into pedestrians in San Francisco and Fremont, was quickly diagnosed by nearly all the media as a lone, insane young man, a paranoid schizophrenic who had been previously hospitalized. Eyewitnesses who reportedly heard him say “I am a terrorist” were all but ignored by San Francisco media, save for KTVU, Channel 2, the local Fox affiliate.
Read the rest here.
Incidentally, in my first paragraph, I originally wrote that Thomas Lifson “able writes about our secular society’s fevered insistence that anyone who kills in the name of religion isn’t a religious warrior, but is crazy.” As I finished the sentence, though, it occurred to me that, if a vocal Christian guy were to go nuts and kill (or try to kill) a bunch of people, his religious beliefs would dominate the airwaves. And this despite the fact that modern Christianity does not demand that its followers engage in Holy War. It’s only when a member of a religion that demands Holy War actually engages in such a war that we hear, absolutely, positively, that the killer is . . . crazy.