Saturday, May 22, 2010

What Would You Call It?

Two recent items in the news:

AOL News, May 12

FBI officials in Jacksonville, Fla., say they have found the remnants of a pipe bomb used in a possible hate crime at a mosque during evening prayers.

Along with local police, the FBI launched an investigation after an explosion shook the Islamic Center of Northeast Florida at 9:35 p.m. Monday, when approximately 60 people were inside praying. No one was injured.

And then there’s this:

AP, May 22

An antigovernment Ohio man who had had several run-ins with the police around the country was identified Friday as one of two people suspected of gunning down two officers during a traffic stop in Arkansas.

The Arkansas State Police on Friday identified the pair — killed Thursday during an exchange of gunfire with the police — as Jerry R. Kane Jr., 45, of Forest, Ohio, and his son Joseph T. Kane, believed to be 16.

About 90 minutes before the shootout with the police, Sgt. Brandon Paudert, 39, and Officer Bill Evans, 38, were killed with AK-47 assault rifles after stopping a minivan on Interstate 40 in West Memphis, Ark., the authorities said.

If the pipe bomb had been found at a Baptist church, there would have been “Breaking News” and dramatic music on Fox News with the news starlets calling for the round-up of all the brown-skinned Middle Eastern-looking people in town, but since it was a mosque in Jacksonville, it caused barely a ripple. Likewise, the two police officers killed in Arkansas were not the victims of terrorism; they just ran into a couple of men who held “anti-government views.”

As tristero notes, terrorists aren’t terrorists when they’re white and on the right.