Sunday, August 05, 2012

Don't try this at home, kids

Barack Obama speaking on the act of terrorism in Wisconsin:
At this difficult time, the people of Oak Creek must know that the American people have them in our thoughts and prayers, and our hearts go out to the families and friends of those who were killed and wounded. My Administration will provide whatever support is necessary to the officials who are responding to this tragic shooting and moving forward with an investigation. As we mourn this loss which took place at a house of worship, we are reminded how much our country has been enriched by Sikhs, who are a part of our broader American family.
Barack Obama, three months earlier, committing an act of state terrorism:
A U.S. drone strike hit a village mosque in northwest Pakistan Thursday morning, killing at least 10 people, a Pakistani official and witnesses told NBC News.
Local tribesmen said ten bodies were pulled from the debris and that efforts were underway to retrieve others, NBC News reported.
"The drone fired two missiles and hit the village mosque where a number of people were offering Fajr (morning) prayer," local tribal elder Roashan Din told NBC News.
The message here: Whether or not massacring people in a house of worship as part of a self-styled "war on terror" is morally right or wrong depends on geography.

Update: And, of course, Romney:
“Ann and I extend our thoughts and prayers to the victims of today’s shooting in Wisconsin. This was a senseless act of violence and a tragedy that should never befall any house of worship."


  1. Well, to be fair it depends on religion as well. As CNN made sure to remind us, "Sikhs are not Muslims". Given that at least some of them were military-aged males, I'm not sure if Sikhs aren't combatants though.

  2. Anonymous6:30 PM

    Lovely. Not our American family, but rather our b r o a d e r American family. Like third cousins twice removed, or something.


  3. So mass killers should avoid houses of worship? In favor of hospitals and schools?

    There is nothing whatever about a "house of worship" that makes killing people there any worse than killing them elswhere.