Saturday, July 29, 2006

Yikes

Scary stuff in Seattle.
On the eve of the Jewish Sabbath, a 31-year-old man claiming he was upset about "what was going on in Israel" opened fire at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle building, killing one person and wounding five women, one of them pregnant.
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The gunman, brandishing a large-caliber semi-automatic pistol, forced his way through the security door at the federation, on Third Avenue downtown, after an employee had punched in her security code.

"He said, 'I am a Muslim American, angry at Israel,' before opening fire on everyone," said Marla Meislin-Dietrich, a database coordinator for the center. "He was randomly shooting at everyone."

The other day I talked about the way opposition to Israeli policies has been twisted to where one can't express any kind of opposition without being labeled as "anti-Israel" and by extention anti-semetic. Lunatics like this guy help to keep that perception strong when they engage in acts of violence against unarmed civilians who have nothing to do with Israeli policy formation. At least they have arrested this nut.

5 comments:

Abe said...

man this is just shameful, what do you think the chances are a jew would go shoot up a muslim meeting place? just wondering

Idler said...

Lunatics like this guy help to keep that perception strong when they engage in acts of violence against unarmed civilians who have nothing to do with Israeli policy formation.

Wait a minute. So acts of violence against unarmed civilians are otherwise OK?

So much for the Geneva Conventions.

Cwech said...

Idler-That doesn't begin to approach my intent, at worst it was a bad sentence. I had no intention whatsoever to suggest that acts of violence against unarmed civilians are ok under any circumstances.

Idler said...

I'm glad to hear it, but you implied that unarmed Israeli civilians were fair game because they could be presumed to have some say in "Israeli policy formation."

I'll assume now that you stand firmly against deliberate attacks against Israeli civilians and regard such tactics as unacceptable.

Cwech said...

Of course, lets just call it a bad sentence and leave it at that.