Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Same Old Ideas, Same Consequences

That's what Joe at No Pasaran says about the young South Korean who put 170 bullets into people last week. That was my first thought too.

A kid uprooted from a country where hatred of America is wild - and I mean raging wild. How wild is it? So wild there is widespread apartheid there against us filth - 'er Americans, I mean. Us filthy Americans are met with signs that deny us admittance to restaurants and other public places. That's how bad it is.

And he commits random mass murder here in a suicide attack.

AFTER sending his manifesto ranting about the religion, sexual permissiveness, and wealth of the people around him here to NBC.

I mean, if that doesn't spark an idea as to a possible motive, nothing will.

And what was that "Ishmael's AX" stuff that the media has buried? The play "McBeef" Cho wrote is about as flagrantly as anti-American as you can get right in the title.

Which just goes to show that obtuseness is invincible. This is supposed to be the fault of American culture - not anti-American culture. So, society's foghorns must obfuscate the inconvenient facts.

I mean, lets get as stupid as necessary to miss the obvious implications of all that. He was a terrorist, a lone wolf terrorist. He murdered people just for being American. What is so hard to understand about that?

Sure he was crazy and suicidal. All terrorists are.

Anti-Americanism is getting Americans murdered just for being Americans. If that ain't a kind of racist bigotry, nothing is. And those who spread it to advance their political objective have blood on their mouths.

No reason? I hate the media always trying to tell us that people do things like this "for no reason." People do things for reasons. Twisted reasons, perhaps, but reasons nonetheless.

Some psychiatrists and psychologists have have totally disregarded Cho's own words to speculate their heads off. (For attention?) "He must have been hearing voices."

Like they know better than him why he did it.

Well, give me ONE reason to think he was a schizophrenic hearing voices - other than him murdering people. Which isn't a symptom of schizophrenia by the way. So, it's a non sequitur to boot, duh. Try writing novels.

Or, "He must have had NPD." That may be true, because of the anti-empathy he showed. And not all narcissists are outgoing popular types, especially when they get uprooted as teenagers and brought to a foreign country.

One, by the way, their friends back home all hate.

But the deftness with which they swiftly fast-talk their way through to the conclusion that he fit all the DSM criteria is breathtaking.

On the other hand, look what they ignore.

Cho's own words in his manifesto, and what he did, show that he stayed to himself because he hated everyone around him here. That ain't shyness, that's contempt. He obviously couldn't stand to have anything to do with anyone. Here in America. He hated America.

Raging in his manifesto about his fellow students' Christian religion, sexual permissiveness, and prosperity, Cho plans for months a suicide attack of random mass murder of total strangers for no reason (except perhaps for being science types = robots according to the humanities crowd), killing as many Americans as possible. What? Just because he didn't use an airplane, it doesn't count?

Yeah, Cho heard voices, all right, voices like these that Joe quotes:

My anti-Americanism has become almost uncontrollable. It has possessed me, like a disease. It rises up in my throat like acid reflux, that fashionable American sickness.
- Margaret Drabble

I hate its bogus two-party system, its one-size-fits-all culture, and its income gap. I could go on for pages but I'll sum up with this: I hate America for being a hypocritical white supremacist capitalist patriarchy.
- Counterpunch writer ”Mickey Z.”

I have a suggestion for clarifying our consciousness: learn to hate the rich. Hate, yes. You can dress up the language and call it rage. But, hate is a concept underrated. Everyone does it, but no one wants to admit it, usually hating the wrong person. Hate is the opposite of love. Do you love the rich? Like the rich? If not, than maybe you can learn to hate the rich. I don't mean shame the rich in order to get money out of their guilt, as has been a long practice on the left and among non-profits. I mean NOT taking money from the rich, isolate the rich, make them build tall walls around their estates and corporate headquarters as the people force the rich to do in Latin America.
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, CounterPunch

Yes, Cho heard voices all right.

You had everything you wanted. Your Mercedes wasn't enough, you brats. Your golden necklaces weren't enough, you snobs. Your trust fund wasn't enough. Your vodka and Cognac weren't enough. All your debaucheries weren't enough. Those weren't enough to fulfill your hedonistic needs. You had everything.
- Mass murderer Cho Seung-Hui

How could he know all that rhetoric was mass-manipulative win-the-vote politics? It looks like he took it seriously.

If they outlaw violent computer games, they should also outlaw the violent political rhetoric of those who use their mouths like assault weapons and then act all innocent of something like this. They are more dangerous and inflammatory than any computer game.

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