What if al-Awlaki was a Confederate soldier?

I disagree but I’m glad born-again constructionists are troubled by the president’s authorization of the murder of a U.S. citizen. The killing of al-Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki was, in fact, a violation of the Fifth Amendment and such things shouldn’t be taken lightly.

That doesn’t mean it was wrong.

*”[I]f the American people accept this blindly and casually that we now have an accepted practice of the president assassinating people who he thinks are bad guys, I think it’s sad,” said Libertarian gadfly Ron Paul.

Keep in mind al-Awlaki had declared war against his birth country, just like the 750,000 soldiers who fought for the Confederacy in the Civil War. Not one of the 258,000 Rebel soldiers killed by Union troops received their due process. Wars aren’t decided on principle, and had the framers foreseen the likes of al-Awlaki they might well have included an exception to the Fifth.

Regardless, I think the Republic will survive. Al-Qadea may not.

*As for Paul’s claim that al-Awlaki was “assassinated,” I defer to Chris Rock.

Beck: Obama ‘sympathetic’ to terrorists

How do you think Fox Nation would’ve reacted had an MSNBC host leveled the same charge against Bush 43? Just saying.

I believe that’s because he just sees us as the oppressor nation. He just sees us as a nation who is and has oppressed the Native Americans and, and the Muslim communities around the world. And so he’s – he’s – he’s not with the terrorists, I’m not saying that, but he is sympathetic to their cause, which slows people down.

Two points: 1.) We did oppress Native Americans and 2.) If Obama is so simpatico with terrorists, why does he continue to prosecute a war against them in Afghanistan?

Whatever Beck’s explanation, I bet Van Jones is somehow involved. And Woodrow Wilson.

Sympathy for a devil

Sorry in advance for going all Fox News on you, but I’m fed up with those trying to find excuses for the Times Square terrorist.

On CNN tonight some writer speculated that Faisal Shahzad was let down by America. The U.S., she said, too often fails to live up to its reputation as that shining city on the hill. She’s right in one sense — America often falls short of the ideal. Plus,  the poor guy lost his home to foreclosure. And like so many others who’ve faced financial struggles, he tried to blow up scores of innocents. Perfectly understandable.

Based on his alleged associations, Shahzad is a psychopath whose disappointment with America has more to do with its tolerance for those who aren’t Islamic fundamentalist men. Poor guy couldn’t treat his woman like a slave, or stone his deviant gay neighbor to death. How could we be so insensitive to his culture?

Fortunately, an increasing number of Pakistanis seem to have a more sober view of their former countryman’s action:

Although some Pakistani officials and media figures remain skeptical of Faisal Shahzad’s link to these radical organizations, the op-eds and letters available on English-language Pakistani news sites are largely sympathetic to the American situation. In fact, in the condemnations of the terror attempt lie more than a few reproaches: some Pakistanis evidently don’t feel the country or Muslims in general are doing enough to combat extremism. That doesn’t mean they aren’t critical of the U.S. as well.

  • ‘Why Do Educated Individuals Resort to Such Extremist Tendencies?’ asks Sadia Hussain from Islamabad, writing in a letter to the Express Tribune (tied to the International Herald Tribune). Another letter-writer, Sheraz Khan, echoes that question. “This act has caused pain and suffering to not only his loved ones but to each and every Pakistani living abroad. What is worse is that some Muslims do not even believe all this and say that this is all part of a conspiracy to defame Muslims.” Hussain declares “it is imperative that the state clamp down on all potential recruitment centres of terrorism.”
  • Pakistani Soul-Searching “It is about time,” writes A. Khan from Karachi, also to the Express Tribune, “that we faced the bitter reality and accepted that we are a breeding ground for terrorists who then go to other countries and carry out attacks. Our madressahs graduate thousands of ‘students’ every year and most of them have been indoctrinated to become suicide bombers or jihadis.” Adds Mansoor Khalid: “America should try Faisal Shahzad under its law and give him exemplary punishment if he is found guilty of what the American authorities are accusing him of. At the same time, we need to ask ourselves that why are so many Pakistanis prone to the extremist bug and in the process bent on sullying our good name?”

Amateurish, but worth noting

Re: The attempted car bombing of Times Square:

The location is also adjacent to the Viacom building, fueling speculation that it might be linked to the company’s controversial South Park cartoon which recently depicted Prophet Muhammad in a bear suit.

Speaking of radical Islam, Bill Maher makes my point: