...and I'm always a little shocked that a lot of people don't see it that way.
A facebook friend shared this post by Glenn on Tarek Mahenna's statement in court on facebook. I don't know the case, but I did read the statement. This was my response on their page:
"Four immediate reactions -
1. He has a surprisingly nationalistic/parochial view of the world
2. He seems unable to distinguish between acts we generally consider
crimes (Haditha, Sept. 11, the gang rape, Malcom Xs assassination) and
those that we don't (war against al Qaeda, revolt against the British),
which is disturbing to say the least.
3. Minutemen the equivalent of
jihadists??? Maybe some people who claimed the name "jihadist", but
certainly not al Qaeda, who he referenced earlier in the statement.
4. The insinuation that one can't be whole without Islam is bothersome as well.
I don't know if he actually made these plots regarding a shopping mall
or not. He seems to admit some connection to al Qaeda on his own, so I
imagine they had good reason to pick him up. Whether he is guilty of the
charges, though, is for the judge to decide. Based on the statement, it
wouldn't surprise me either way. If he's just making claims like this -
apologizing for terrible acts and analogizing purveyors of tyranny with
champions of justice (like Mandela and King) - that's pretty sick, but
he's within his rights. If he's guilty, then hopefully he gets what's
coming to him.
Either way I don't quite understand why
Greenwald is championing him. Greenwald has really disturbed me these
last few years, and a lot of people have been taken in by him because he
makes it sound like liberty and justice."
I've made a habit of closing comments for anything about the war, because there's only so much of being accused of indifference towards the death of innocent people that a guy can take. I think I'll try an experiment and leave the comments open this time. Don't give me reason to close it.
I don't know this Mahenna guy. Maybe he's just crazy and not violent - I sure hope so. But this statement bothered me. And it also bothers me that doesn't seem to bother other people.
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