- The Washington Times - Monday, October 28, 2002

Colors of evil
"[I]f it turns out that John Allen Muhammad and Lee Malvo were indeed the individuals responsible for the shooting spree that killed 10 Americans in October, one thing will be clear: All the crime experts who predicted that the killer would be an angry white male in the mold of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh were wrong.
"It's true that Muhammad, from what little information we know, bears certain similarities to McVeigh: military veteran, anger towards the government, penchant for shooting and para-military training. But there are two key differences: Muhammad is not white and is, unlike McVeigh, a convert to Islam. Officials are already signaling that Muhammad has expressed sympathy for the September 11 hijackers. If the early signals hold up, a handful of commentators should be recognized for being on the right track.
"[Columnist] Michelle Malkin wrote as early as Oct. 11 that 'the media immediately embraced the Angry White Male. But the faces of evil come in every color.' Malkin invoked the example of James Ujaama, 'a black American Muslim convert [who] was indicted in August on charges of conspiring to help al Qaeda establish a terrorist training camp on a ranch in southern Oregon' to buttress her point. While no link has been alleged between Muhammad and al Qaeda, that example nonetheless looks good now."
Seth Gitell, writing on "So the Sniper May Not Have Been an Angry White Male, After All," on Thursday in the Boston Phoenix at www.bostonphoenix.com

Anti-Semitic elite
"A student-written article in the Yale Daily News the paper for the elite American university, was typical fare. It was a piece by a precocious first-year student criticizing what he regards as the anti-Semitism tolerated at the U.N. The response, however, was far from typical. He'd touched a nerve. In the comments section a torrent of anger was unleashed. Here's one respondent's comments: 'I recently attended a forum focusing on the Israeli/Palestinian issue. Both sides made very valid points but there was a moment of heated exchange when the pro-Israel side initiated the 'anti-Semite' slur and completely ended it for me. I am sick and tired of Jewish people always smearing those that merely disagree with their views as "evil." I never thought I'd say this but a lot of what the so-called "white supremacists" are saying are proving to be more accurate than I feel comfortable admitting.' Sympathy for the arguments of 'so-called white supremacists'? At Yale?
"America's anti-war movement, still puny and struggling, is showing signs of being hijacked by one of the oldest and darkest prejudices there is."
Andrew Sullivan writing on "The Wages of Hate," in the Oct. 20 editions of the Sunday Times of London

Southern outlaw
"iolence came to Jesse James more or less with his mother's milk. He was born in Clay County, Mo., in an atmosphere of sectional conflict. His father died in the California gold rush; one stepfather was hanged in the backyard, although not fatally; his thrice-married mother Zerelda was no pacifist. From the late 1840s to the mid-1870s, Missouri was one of the most violent places in America, neighbor fighting neighbor, often over the issue of slavery. And Lee's surrender to Grant had no effect on this regional violence.
"From the age of 15 on, he saw himself as a Confederate; he always looked South. In western Missouri, where he raided and fought, the Civil War was no mere four-year affair. Even as late as 10 years after the surrender, Jesse felt enraged because so few people were willing to go on fighting. His war was a partisan war, his life a partisan life, a matter of small skirmishes, 20 men here against another 20 men there. He never saw the devastation of Richmond or Atlanta, never felt the force of Grant or Sherman. The pro-slavers and the abolitionists had been fighting in Missouri since the 1840s, and the Emancipation Proclamation did not end it."
Larry McMurtry, writing on "Rebel, Rebel," in the Oct. 14 issue of the New Republic

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