Friday, June 05, 2009

A Tale of Two Murders

(Here is an article published June 5, 2009 in The Washington Flyer that is an interesting read; I had thought of the same thing earlier this week..... I wondered about the difference in response?!?!?!)

This past week Americans profiled two horrific acts of violence as Dr. George Tiller, known for his heinous acts against the unborn, was murdered in his church. A day later, America also witnessed a United States Army recruiter be murdered and another seriously injured, as they were fulfilling their duties in the great country they serve. Both acts of violence were horrific and unacceptable, yet the difference in response to both incidents is perhaps even more chilling. Within hours of the announcement of George Tiller’s murder, the President appropriately released a statement:

“I am shocked and outraged by the murder of Dr. George Tiller as he attended church services this morning. However profound our differences as Americans over difficult issues such as abortion, they cannot be resolved by heinous acts of violence.”

Attorney General Eric Holder also dispatched U.S. Marshals to protect “appropriate people and facilities around the nation,” in response to the murder of George Tiller. While authorities believe Tiller’s murderer acted alone, precautionary steps were taken.

In response to the murder of a U.S. Army Private, William Long, on home soil, the President stated absolutely nothing. Attorney General Eric Holder also made no comment and no U.S. Marshalls were directed to other recruiting stations, despite authorities, including the FBI, unsure if the suspect, a newly converted Muslim, acted alone or as evidence may be suggesting had ties with other domestic terrorists.

It was not until three days after the attack and an outcry from conservative media links and American citizens alike, that the President released this statement:

“I am deeply saddened by this senseless act of violence against two brave young soldiers who were doing their part to strengthen our armed forces and keep our country safe. I would like to wish Quinton Ezeagwula a speedy recovery, and to offer my condolences and prayers to William Long’s family as they mourn the loss of their son.”

Understanding the busy schedule of the President, it is still difficult to believe a simple statement or condolences to the family were not a priority. In fact, the President was even given a superb opportunity to denounce the actions of the perpetrator and give his respects to the soldiers and their families not even 24 hours after the attack when he announced the new Secretary of the Army. Again, nothing was said or mentioned. Some critics believe the President did not make comments regarding the attack earlier, fearing its impact when he traveled to the Middle East later in the week to reach out to Muslims.

While the President may not have made his remarks as hastily as many would have hoped, others were perturbed even further by the choice of words the President used and his ignorance to denounce the reasons behind the attacks. Bloggers criticized his word usage in response to the attack on the recruiters claiming “senseless act of violence” was a ignorant view of the evidence that suggests the actions were not senseless but rather planned and operated with a goal in mind. The President’s comments of being personally “shocked and outraged” when learning of the death of an abortion doctor compared to his “deeply saddened” statement of the attack on the U.S. soldiers also seemed a bit out of touch with many Americans.

Benjamin Franklin once stated, “Words may show a man’s wit, but actions his meaning.” While the President addressed both horrible incidents in words, his actions to remain silent for three days when a soldier was murdered by a terror suspect, compared to his rapid response to the murder of an abortion doctor have brought some questioning of his meanings.

Labels: , ,

10 Comments:

Anonymous jane d said...

it goes to show that the world really doesn't give a rat's ___ about neocon idiots such as that recruiter.

ps: i feel nothing but PITY for poor poor sheep like yourself, indoctrinated into the cult of christianity. what a poor little sop you are.

11:24 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

jane d,

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment... at least I think that is what that was???

If you're ever in NC, stop by and introduce yourself; I would like for you to meet my son... born at 24 weeks, 1 lb & 12 oz; turning 21 this week.

11:34 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

sure i'd love to meet your son. did you ask the medical community for help with your premie son? if so, then you just prove that science saved your son's life, and not some cult like god. science is perhaps the furthest one can get from religion and god.

PS: i love people who contradict themselves. now, dare to post this comment up? ;)

1:09 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Heather,

Thanks for stopping by... what brought you my way right out of the blue????

Well, the first hospital indicated there was no chance for my son... he would be dead; so we asked if my wife could be transfered to a larger hospital which had a neo-natal unit... the rest is history!!! He amazed the doctors with his strength and determination...

But I would be glad for you to meet him... especially since you have introduced yourself to my blogging world

I have no idea why you would think I would not use the medical profession.... apparently you have a preconceived idea about anyone who doesn't quite think the same way that you do.

Thanks again for stopping by...

5:22 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

ummm, why bring your premie son into the conversation if you weren't trying to prove that "god" saved his life?

8:27 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Heather,

God controls all of our lives, whether one believes in Him or not.... not just the life of my now 21 year old "premie" son....

I doubt you entered my little insignificant blogsite, which gets very frequent comments 99% of the time, but in the past few days, is getting some interest from an article I posted from someone else detailing the difference in response to two meaningless murders of two innocent men.... just to comment whether or not my family believes in the medical profession...

Why not be honest with me????? What brought you my way? I get very few hits to my site.... but apparently this one stepped unto several people's toes???

4:25 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

not sure why you have this desperate need to know how I came across your blog. but to ease your mind, it wasn't the article that brought me to your blog. i very much enjoying reading right wing religious blogs - it's something that makes me so thankful that i wasn't raised in the stronghold of a cult.

5:44 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Heather,

Well, not so sure about your choice of wording.... "desperate"..

But I did tell you the truth.... very few comments on my blog... then BOOM!!!!! First jane d followed quickly by you...

Anyway, you are more than welcome to comment anytime.... thanks for stopping by and introducing yourself...

11:48 PM  
Blogger God's Been Good said...

Mr. Jim,

Thanks for you and your family's stand for the Christian faith...ya'll have always been a blessing! After seeing all the sarcastic comments, just thought that I would leave an encouraging one! Keep on keeping on!

Jennifer

3:27 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Miss Jennifer,

Thanks for stopping by and leaving an encouraging word!!!

We are in Iowa checking out a ministry right now; returning to NC right after the Sunday morning service so we should be home late Monday...

Looking forward to seeing your family possibly later this summer...

12:00 AM  

Post a Comment

<< Home