Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Terrorist Threats: Left, Right, And Other

Apropos the response to the recent jihadist near-miss attack in Times Square, it's useful to consider some of the attitudes expressed by creatures like Mayor Bloomberg. He said in a CBS interview hours after the incident:
The bomb could have been placed by “somebody with a political agenda who doesn’t like the health care bill or something. It could be anything.”
This not-so-subtle allusion to Tea Party sympathizers is a sentiment that comes more or less automatically to the mind of a Leftist.

[Update 17:55:] Here is one where there is no subtlety involved at all:
The Nation’s Robert Dreyfuss discounted the possibility of a jihadi from the Pakistan-based Taliban: “It seems far more likely to me [he] was either a lone nut job or a member of some squirrely branch of the Tea Party, anti-government far right.”
Yet, according to the FBI, what is the source of the #1 domestic threat? Eco-terrorism.
The FBI currently has 180 ongoing eco-terror investigations and over the last several years has tied them to some 1,800 criminal acts, Kolko said.
Anyone who, like me, lives in the Pacific Northwest is fully familiar with the sort of thing the FBI has in mind. Everything from tree-spiking to torching upscale homes occurs with frightening frequency. And, though it should not have to be said, let us hasten to point out that viro-paganism and the political movement to which it gives rise, Environmentalism, are phenomena of the Left, not the Right.

[Hat Tip: Jonah Goldberg, NRO for the Bloomberg quote.]


Harrison said...

How about this Daily Kos posting just after the attempted bombing saying it was a Tea Party member (check out the poll):

Jeff Perren said...

Hello Harrison, and welcome to Shaving Leviathan.

Thanks for the link. I have to say, though, that not even I can hold this particular instance of lunacy against the Left. Even for a guy who hates Progressives as much as I, I'm not sure it would be fair to blame 'their side' for anything posted on Kos.

It would be like blaming the Right for Tim McVeigh.