The White House has not released a statement about the death of a U.S. military recruiter in Little Rock, Arkansas, nor the wounding of another member of our armed forces on the same occasion: a Muslim convert crazyman, Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, took up a gun and shot these two members of our military (Military recruiter killed in Ark shooting) because, so the media says, the crazyman had “dislike” for the U.S. military.
One of those individuals, Private William A. Long, was killed by that crazyman; the other one, Private Quinton Ezeagwula, was wounded and is surviving.
The Obama Administration is silent about this grievous event and the loss of life by our U.S. military — on U.S. soil by an obvious act of Muslim militancy. There’s been no public statement from the White House — no grieving, no condemnation of the act, no dedication to delivering justice: utter silence.
And the media, the networks? No mention of these two soldiers having been gunned down as they were and by whom. A few articles appear on the internet — a portion of one of the two I located appears at the end of this post — but if you’re not searching out this information, you won’t hear or see it otherwise. Adding to the media’s (and the probable White House’s) incentives to blacken-out the story (by favoring with emphasis the circumstances of Tiller’s death) is that Mr. Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad is also Black and associated with a U.S.-Islam movement.
Meanwhile, one state away, in Kansas last Sunday, an “anti-government” (so goes his media description) crazyman, Scott Roeder, gunned down late-term abortionist George Tiller and the White House had what appears to have been nearly preprepared statement about that event at the ready, issued just hours after Tiller’s murder occured.
George Tiller dedicated his life to killing fetuses.
William Long dedicated his to killing terrorists.
One story still has ‘legs,’ the other is yesterday’s news. Nice priorities you’ve got there, MSM.
Someone has already commented on Twitter saying Tiller was a public figure, while the soldier was not. Granted, but how often are US soldiers murdered on US soil by a terror suspect?
Update – With this, I’m not trying to condemn one killer while praising another. Scott Roeder is a criminal and nothing justifies the murder of Dr. Tiller.
What bothers me is the willingness of the media to smear the entire pro-life movement based on Roeder’s actions while devoting very little airtime or newspaper space to the national security implications of William Long’s murder.
Update II – Ace of Spades HQ blogger DrewM makes an interesting point on Twitter. When Dr. Tiller was murdered, the White House released a statement on Sunday afternoon. As of 11:15 a.m. EST, the Commander in Chief has yet to release a statement condemning the murder of a member of the armed forces by a suspected terrorist.
And this, from one of the two articles I located in the media, which I had to search out to locate at all:
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Police say a man with “political and religious motives” confessed to fatally shooting a new soldier and wounding another Monday in a targeted attack on a military recruiting center. The shootings were not believed to be part of a broader scheme.
William Long, 23, of Conway, died in the attack on the Army-Navy Career Center in a west Little Rock shopping center, and Quinton Ezeagwula, 18, of Jacksonville, was wounded and in stable condition, Police Chief Stuart Thomas said.
Police arrested Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, 23 of Little Rock, along a crosstown interstate moments later. Thomas said Muhammad, previously known as Carlos Bledsoe, would be charged with capital murder, plus 16 counts of committing a terroristic act.
…based on an interview officers conducted with Muhammad, the suspect “probably had political and religious motives for the attack” on the recruiting center about 1.5 miles from his apartment.
“Mr. Muhammad, previously known as Mr. Bledsoe, did convert to Islam sometime previously in his life. At this point it appears that he specifically targeted military personnel, but there doesn’t appear to be a wider conspiracy or, at this point in time, any indication that he’s a part of a larger group or a conspiracy to go further,” the chief said. “At this point, we believe that it’s associated with his disagreement over the military operations.”
I am troubled by both events, needless to add. Murder in the realm of religious theology is woeful, dreadful sin — “verboten” or forbidden by God, for those of us who believe in Him and try to follow His commandments. No one I have ever or will ever likely hear from in the pro-life movement congratulates or lauds the actions by Mr. Rueder in taking George Tiller’s life. However, Tiller was a mass-murderer on his own ‘merit’, certainly a man responsible for taking the life of the guilt-free and defenseless among us. What looks like an irrational act by Rueder actually becomes one of reason in his troubled mind. It remains an inexcusable act but it is comprehensible within the range of upset present in Rueder’s reasoning, is my point.
Most importantly, however, there is no religious dogma motivating or inspiring Mr. Rueder to act as he has in murdering Mr. Tiller. There’s little there to associate Rueder with anything other than a man imbalanced motivated by imbalance or skewered perceptions or both.
In the case of the murder soldier William Long and the attempted murder of soldier Quinton Ezeagwula, however, there is clear motivation by and application of a skewered perception of the theology of Islam, inorder to act-out criminally. And the target of that criminality was the U.S. military and was performed upon U.S. soil.
So the silence from the White House, as to the murder of soldier William Long and the wounding of soldier Quinton Ezeagwula, is extremely concerning. The silence, perhaps refusal to address this event and circumstances, could easily be perceived by other crazy people as authorization or consent, to state the obvious.
Barack Obama is beginning his latest Apology Tour today and has announced his approval of a nuclear Iran. Consent by apology or other appeasements is still approval.
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