Some guy burned a Koran. Then there were riots. Many people (including Sean Hannity) blamed the book-burner for putting our troops in further harm by provoking Muslims. The question nobody seems to be asking is, who provoked this guy into doing the burning? Past rioters? If it makes sense to blame someone other than the rioters for rioting, doesn’t it make sense to blame someone other than the burner for burning?
It seems to me that it only makes sense to blame those actually involved in the action. In the west we draw cartoons and burn books – offensive perhaps, but not harmful. If the media hadn’t broadcast these things, and nobody knew they happened, the world would not change. Radical Muslims, on the other hand, riot and make bombs.
Everybody wants to blame somebody else than the actual actors. The Tea Parties were blamed for radicalizing Jared Loughner and Joe Stack. Those placing a mosque near ground zero (just excersizing their freedom of religion) were blamed for inciting anger as well. If Americans riot and start doing things like, I don’t know, burning the Koran or shooting congresswomen, are the Muslims to blame?
No wait, I understand now. George Bush did it.
I’m looking for some consistency, but neither the left nor the right has it.
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