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August 17, 2005

I heart James Taranto

Because only he can write like this:

A Teachable Moment

A local insurgent attacked a settlement near Crawford, Texas, yesterday, Reuters reports:

Some 800 white wooden crosses, bearing the names of soldiers killed in Iraq like her son, have lined the road near the area where [Cindy] Sheehan has pitched a tent. Witnesses said they saw a truck dragging a pipe and chains drive over some of the crosses on Monday night.

Larry Northern, 46, of nearby Waco, Texas, was arrested and charged with criminal mischief in connection with the incident, Crawford Police Chief Donnie Tidmore said.

Now, we have no truck with mischievous criminals, but at the same time it's important to understand what motivates people to do things like this. After all, one man's vandal is another's freedom-fighter. The Sheehanoids should be asking: Why do they hate us?

Think about it: If outside settlers were occupying your land, demonizing your leaders and slandering your country, wouldn't you have feelings of rage and hopelessness? Again, we're not condoning what Larry Northern allegedly did. Our point is that only by understanding what drove him to this desperate act can we put an end to the cycle of recrimination.


Posted by Karol at August 17, 2005 03:55 PM | TrackBack
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Karol, there is a candlelight vigil for ... umm... Madonna.. yeah, that's it, Madonna... 7pm in Union Square.. Want to go with me?

Posted by: toby at August 17, 2005 04:35 PM

Ha. No thanks. I'll be creeped out enough about it without seeing these people face to face. Come to the listening party, though! Bollywood!

Posted by: Karol at August 17, 2005 04:39 PM

800 crosses? I don't believe the families of 800 soldiers killed in Iraq agreed to have their names put on crosses. If it was a love one of mine, there would be more than broken crosses in Crawford.

Posted by: ll at August 17, 2005 05:26 PM

Think about it: If outside settlers were occupying your land, demonizing your leaders and slandering your country, wouldn't you have feelings of rage and hopelessness?

Odd, that's just what the Palestinians have been saying for a long time, now...

mojo sends

Posted by: vanmojo at August 17, 2005 06:39 PM

Odd, that's just what the Palestinians have been saying for a long time, now...

There's always that one guy that doesn't get the joke.

Posted by: Karol at August 17, 2005 07:55 PM

The joke that the Camp Casey folks aren't asking "why do they hate us?" . . We know and sympathise, but they're wrong. The difference is, they hate all too well.

Posted by: toby at August 18, 2005 11:42 AM

800 crosses?!

Where's the ACLU when you need it?

Posted by: Marco at August 18, 2005 02:03 PM

Delicious layers of irony in this post - a veritable dobos torte.

Posted by: amba at August 18, 2005 08:12 PM

Uh, yeah he's like Steinbeck but different. I never knew that people had motives for their actions thats really profound! Maybe we should better try to understand the motives of Mohamad Atta or like the BTK killer.

Posted by: dude at August 19, 2005 10:33 AM

That's the joke, dude, that's the joke.

Posted by: Karol at August 19, 2005 10:40 AM

Not everyone in texas views non-texan americans as "outside settlers."

Posted by: some bloke at August 21, 2005 11:30 AM
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