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We Must Refrain from Politicizing Holocaust Museum Shooting

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 5:05 am - June 11, 2009.
Filed under: Post 9-11 America

As a Jew, I am painfully aware of the persecution my people have endured for at least two millenia, perhaps longer.  It seems we have been singled out throughout history.

The periods of tolerance and acceptance our ancestors have enjoyed all too often gave way to eras of renewed discrimination and increased marginalization.  While Jew-hatred hss become commonplace in the Muslim world today, our people flourished in Moorish Spain and played a prominent role in the intellectual and cultural life of Baghdad during and after the turn of the Second Millennium (when that city served the function Athens did in the Classical Era).  We would be welcomed into Poland in one era, to be persecuted in another, with the nation in yet another serving as the locale where millions of our fellows would be murdered.

And while anti-Semitism is on the rise worldwide, America still seems a safe haven where only a few isolated quacks and extremists wish to do us harm.  Yes, there are growing signs of anti-Semitic sentiment in certain segments of the political left, even the gay left, but it has not developed into any kind of organized movement.  So, when we learn of the vile attitudes of the man* who shot up the Holocaust Museum yesterday, murdering security guard Stephen Tyrone Johns, we hope and pray that he was operated on his own, now on a mission from a growing cadre of neo-Nazis.

So, amidst the barbarity of his actions, we take some comfort, small though it may be, in learning that he was not indeed part of a growing movement.  He acted on his own. Feeling powerless, he blamed the people whom all too many have, throughout the centuries, blamed for all manner of the world’s ills and their personal misfortunes.   He targeted an institution commemorating the worst atrocity ever committed against us, a people used to such atrocities, but never previously of such a scale.

it is unfortunate that all too many, mostly on the left but some on the right, wish to politicize this terrible act by treating their political adversaries as the murderers’ ideological forebears treated the Jews.  This man did not read conservative blogs, was not familiar with conservative ideas (and actually attacked prominent Republicans and at least one media figure considered to be conservative) nor did he read left-wing blogs, not even those which occasionally featured posts with anti-Semitic thought and/or references.

He is not a man of the right.  Or of the left.  Those who have taken the time to study the man and his writings have not unearthed any evidence linking him to any mainstream political movement nor even to any extremist group.  He acted on his own.  We should not let our own political prejudices, our own eagerness to score points against the “other side” blind us to those facts.

It is a sad sign of our times that all too many would politicize this horrific act when it should instead unite us in condemnation of the wicked deed and in sympathy for the family of Officer Stephen Tyrone Johns, a man who gave his life doing what he had been doing for the past six years, protecting others and securing a shrine to millions murdered by people espousing the hateful ideology which motivated the man who murdered him.


*I do not wish to dignify him by calling him by his name.

UPDATE:  Over at Commentary’s blog Contentions, J.D. Thayer offers a similar thesis, finding a consistency between this and the two previous shootings: “But the single unifying element of the three is that they all [i.e., each killer] apparently acted alone.”  Read the whole thing!



  1. First, Obama apologies for “allied war crimes” in Germany (I assume because he wanted to find out what neo-Nazi shit tasted like), then Rev Wright complains that “them Jews” won’t let him see Obama, then this.



    Comment by rightwingprof — June 11, 2009 @ 6:35 am - June 11, 2009

  2. RWP, I think it is best to take Dan’s advice and not tie this to any particular person beyond the piece of garbage who committed this horrible act. Many of us are frustrated with Pres. Obama with respect to Israel, but I think it’s completely inappropriate to connect him with this act. We’d do a lot better as a nation if we make the effort to differentiate between our political adversaries and extremists rather than conflate them.

    Comment by chad — June 11, 2009 @ 7:38 am - June 11, 2009

  3. How refreshing to read the truth! Thank you.

    Comment by JRD — June 11, 2009 @ 7:56 am - June 11, 2009

  4. Take heart. I haven’t been scouring the news, but from my reading and listening, this action has been universally condemned.

    Comment by Ignatius — June 11, 2009 @ 8:16 am - June 11, 2009

  5. “there are growing signs of anti-Semitic sentiment in certain segments of the political left”

    Support for the Palestinian people does not equate to anti Semitism!
    Further as a Jew, it must give you some solace most folks in this country are tripping over themselves to condemn this act.

    Comment by gillie — June 11, 2009 @ 8:43 am - June 11, 2009

  6. #1
    You are saying that Obama and Wright are responsible for the actions of a confederate flag flying, KKK lovin’ psycho.

    Are you insane? Or has your hatred of Obama just made you that irrational?

    Comment by gillie — June 11, 2009 @ 8:46 am - June 11, 2009

  7. #1
    Perhaps you need to see this:

    Comment by gillie — June 11, 2009 @ 8:52 am - June 11, 2009

  8. I would hope that every right-thinking person condemns yesterday’s shooting. Having said that, I think that the “our people” mentality (Aryan, Jewish, Sicilian, etc.) is one of the reasons these events continue to happen. I don’t need to rehash a millennia-old Vandal attack on Rome as an anti-Italic bias, nor to harp on Britain’s tyranny over Ireland throughout history to find a villain against “my people”. I’m an American, no hyphens necessary.

    Comment by Brendan In Philly — June 11, 2009 @ 10:39 am - June 11, 2009

  9. Amusing how gillie says there’s no anti-semitism on the left. Then his next sentence starts “As a Jew…”

    I’ll take self parody for $500, Alex.

    Comment by The Livewire — June 11, 2009 @ 11:13 am - June 11, 2009

  10. While this is being universally condemmed, I find it dishartening that the left and the MSM is labling this guy right wing, when he hated everyone, both right and left. This guy is pure evil and idiotic. It just sad that at 89, he will never stand trial, actuarially speaking.

    Comment by HCN — June 11, 2009 @ 12:26 pm - June 11, 2009

  11. Now that its coming out this guy is pretty much a radical leftist and not a radical right winger, it will be interesting to see how fast this story goes down the memory hole.

    Comment by Dark Eden — June 11, 2009 @ 12:27 pm - June 11, 2009

  12. Gillie, I mean Brave Sir Robin,

    I’ve spent the past couple of years on my Blog documenting how the Left on the daily Kos, on Huffington Post, on Pacifica radio have contributed to the rising anti-semitism for the past few years.

    Guess what? I bring it up, I email the posts to news outlets (and, G-d forbid, Andrew Sullivan) — here is what I learned, the lesson is not unlike what the reest of us learned about feminism during the 90’s:

    The Left made friends with the anti-semites/anti-Israelis because those same people (hint:JUST LIKE YOU) Hated Bush and Republicans.

    Now, since you couldn’t answer my question a few posts back, why should anyone listen to you when you offer so-called bi-partisan support?

    Comment by JSF — June 11, 2009 @ 12:31 pm - June 11, 2009

  13. I assert the following as facts. (If challenged, I could probably dig up some cites but I don’t have time to do that just now.)

    1) The leading anti-Semites in the world today are Islamists.
    2) Anti-Semitic incidents are committed regularly in the United States by United States citizens who have adopted Islamist ideology, and are not widely reported in our media; or are reported with the perpetrator’s very real connection with Islam obscured intentionally.

    If the media and left-wing bloggers had intellectual and moral consistency (and I know that is way too much to ask of them), they would report on a wider range of anti-Semitic incidents, and not hide the perpetrator’s connection to Islam, to Christianity (if any), to neo-Nazi anti-Christian paganism, to atheism or to any other form of religion.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — June 11, 2009 @ 2:03 pm - June 11, 2009

  14. #11 – DE, you are totally correct. The whack-job was also targeting the Weekly Standard magazine! And it has been documented in The Politico – which is not exactly a conservative’s best media friend. Here’s the topper:

    “The magazine is about a mile north of the Holocaust Museum, and there’s no other indication that von Brunn had targeted it. Von Brunn’s published rants included attacks on “neocons,” and the Standard has been at the heart of the neoconservative movement.

    “The suggestion that the Standard may have been a target complicates any view of the racist shooter in contemporary left-right terms.”

    Hypocrisy, thy name is liberalism.

    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — June 11, 2009 @ 2:45 pm - June 11, 2009

  15. #5 – “Support for the Palestinian people does not equate to anti Semitism!”

    Yes it does, gilltard. Ever read about what Hamas and El Fatah have said they wanted done to the State of Israel?

    Try again.

    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — June 11, 2009 @ 2:46 pm - June 11, 2009

  16. Republican Presidents and conservatives in general are far more supportive of Israel and Jews than are liberals from my perspective.
    On Wednesdays edition of MSNBC, the hatefilled comments about the Holocost killer being right wing and motivated by conservatives or talk radio is really offensive. Not much coverage or connection to the left wingers and the recent murder of the Army recruiter however. MSNBC is one hatefilled channel. Listen to the spitting and spewing of hate any night of the week. The ranting not helped by any prescription drugs that I know of.

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — June 11, 2009 @ 4:13 pm - June 11, 2009

  17. nice try. let me guess, you want to give the abortion killer and his extremist views a pass too. What hypocrites you are.

    Face it, people like Limbaugh, Hannity and O’Reilly – your spokespeople – have fed the flames of extremism and this is the result. When will you learn?

    Comment by buckeyenutlover — June 11, 2009 @ 4:32 pm - June 11, 2009

  18. Bnl is a perfect example of the Left:

    he refuses to look at his own people attitude over the past 8 years (History did not start on 1/20/09) and always needs to rail against an (or in this case 3) American Emmanuel Goldsteins.

    Wanna stop the hate Bnl? STOP HATING. The karma will hit you tenfold.

    Until then, you and gillie (Brave Sir Robin) give me something to laugh at each time I come here.

    Comment by JSF — June 11, 2009 @ 4:39 pm - June 11, 2009

  19. #17 – And I suppose you want to give the Muslim convert a pass because he only killed ONE serviceman in Little Rock.

    Face it, people like Markos Moulitsas, Dick Durban, Cindy Sheehan and John Kerry – your spokespeople – have fed the flames of extremism and this is the result. When will you learn?

    Checkmate, nutso.

    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — June 11, 2009 @ 4:41 pm - June 11, 2009

  20. Let’s look then at the daily killings in this coutry and see what side of the political spectrum those nutts are on. Come on let’s go. Poll the two million prisoners in America, 80% would vote for a Democrat. Maybe more. All the victims logically could be laid at the feet of liberal commentators and liberal broadcasters. If you want to start the blame game don’t start and stop with a murder of an abortion doctor and those guarding the Holocost museum. Democrat polititians are responsible for the two suicide deaths of those tied to the financial crisis. Democrats Barney Frank and Chris Dodd, bloodstained hands.

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — June 11, 2009 @ 4:51 pm - June 11, 2009

  21. And the trivialization of a tragedy into partisan slams continues, despite Dan’s best efforts to the contrary…

    Comment by Jody — June 11, 2009 @ 5:39 pm - June 11, 2009

  22. See nasty article on HuffPo that politicized it all for us…

    Comment by The other Peter H — June 11, 2009 @ 6:12 pm - June 11, 2009

  23. #17: I listen to enough conservative talk radio to know that you don’t know what you’re talking about.

    The Unabomber had Al Gore’s book… does that make Gore responsible for Kaczynski’s crimes?

    Could it be, simply, that in a nation of 300+ million people, there are bound to be some number of wingnuts and psychos willing to act on their delusions?

    My heart goes out to Stephen Johns’ family and friends… no one goes to work thinking that it’s the last thing they’ll do.

    Comment by SoCalRobert — June 11, 2009 @ 10:22 pm - June 11, 2009

  24. Support for the Palestinian people does not equate to anti Semitism!

    As long as they’re used as tools to kill Jews and destroy Israel, yes it is.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — June 11, 2009 @ 11:31 pm - June 11, 2009

  25. See nasty article on HuffPo that politicized it all for us…

    HuffPoo, KOSholes, DUmmies etc. Pick a leftist site and they all participated.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — June 12, 2009 @ 1:23 am - June 12, 2009

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