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The Darkness Inside Al Capone’s Vault

November 7, 2009


We expect moral imbecility from Keith Olbermann on issues such as the Fort Hood murders and last night he didn’t disappoint.  Enumerating the pressures Nidal Hassan must have felt, the Countdown host itemized especially Islamophobia (“They keyed his car!) and the brazen assault on the Major’s free speech rights (“And ripped off a bumper sticker!”)

But surprisingly, Olbermann was outdone a little later on  the Bill O’Reilly Show where Geraldo Rivera, whose mind often seems as empty as Al Capone’s vault, insisted that the defining characteristic of the murder spree was not the specifics of Hassan’s behavior—criticizing the American mission, finding brotherhood with Iraqi and Afghan fighters, handing out commemorative Korans just before leaving to rendezvous with his evil  destiny at the base, etc—but how similar he was to Jason Rodriguez, the Orlando shooter, and to other demented killers (even, under O’Reilly’s clumsy prodding, including Charlie Manson.)   

This is a particularly bizarre form of moral equivalence.  Yes, these psychopaths may share certain features—lack of success with women (although Manson seems to have slipped out of the archetype here); emotional withdrawal; self imposed isolation, etc.  But such psychobabble, delivered in Rivera’s case with pontifical certainty, not only misses, but willfully obscures the point. To understand acts such as Hassan’s, one must acknowledge that God (or in this case, the Devil) is in the details.  He decided to start murdering servicemen and women not because he didn’t feel good about himself, but because he felt that by doing so he was accepting Allah’s summons.  Col. Ralph Peters redeemed the O’Reilly Show somewhat when, following Geraldo, he said that Nassan was a jihadi whose murders could be understood only in one way: as the most horrific act of Islamic terrorism on American soil since 9/11.

There will be many efforts in the days ahead to portray Hassan as wronged, misunderstood, displaced.  All of the clanking machinery of psychiatry, ironically, will be brought to bear on “understanding” him.  Worse yet, however, will be those who apply Geraldo’s universal solvent to this case and see Hassan as just another twisted dude.

  1. David Forsmark permalink
    November 7, 2009 12:37 pm

    Peters was superb. Bill, terrorists are not generally happy campers.

    • Steve R permalink
      November 8, 2009 1:18 pm

      I suppose, in a way, that makes them kin to progressives.

  2. November 7, 2009 3:47 pm

    Geraldo at least shows REAL CONFIDENCE when he shoots from his rear.

    Have to admire that.

    Hassan WAS a loser, and he finally found the brotherhood he was looking for by acting out for the largest religion on the face of the earth.

    If you want someone to like you, how about joining the Islamic club and getting a billion to be your special buddy?

  3. Dana Letvin permalink
    November 8, 2009 8:15 am

    Finally someone tells the truth! I am ready to puke, also.

  4. SanePerson permalink
    November 8, 2009 9:29 am

    Political correctness kills innocent people when society denies the reality of danger in the name of tolerance. Geraldo grasps extremely fragile straws in his defense of this illusion.

  5. November 8, 2009 6:34 pm

    The Muslims are the first ones to tell you they are going to take over. The Koran states this…we are all infidels and have a choice ..convert or die.
    Political correctness will kill us all.
    People need to do some studying and learn what they are up against. A good book to read is “Muslim Mafia”.

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