Tuesday, 11 January 2011
much has been said in recent days about the violent language and gun-related imagery used by many on the American right, and much of what has been said has been linked in some way to the Arizona murders. Well, possibly. Though unlikely. Twisted white-boy loners don't usually read political websites, more likely nutty conspiracy ones, and anyone who would read those for more than two seconds has got plenty of problems before you even begin. Gun-sight imagery is irresponsible when used by a politician, but that is another matter. There are plenty of hate-filled websites and other media, many of which directly incite violence and murder, and not many of them are promoted by mainstream politicians. Anyway, the prevailing discourse seems to be that the cyber-right in the US has a share of responsibility for the murders. I beg to differ. Or if I do not, then I must also agree that suicide bombings and other terrorist attacks committed in the name of jihad may also have been incited by the many hate preachers who glory in slaughter, rather than by Bush'n'Blair. Hein?