Cornell University Law Professor William A. Jacobson contends that by Paul Krugman’s own logic in blaming “conservatives for the shooting at the Holocaust Museum” since they “have had the audacity to harshly criticize the Obama administration“, the New York Times columnist implies that his very rhetoric promotes terrorism:
While Krugman places the blame on conservatives for the museum [and Tiller] shooter[s], Krugman fails to consider the implications of his own logic. Since Krugman has been one of the harshest critics of the Bush policies (as continued by the Obama administration), then using his own logic Krugman himself is “winding up” the next Islamist terrorist attack. Or maybe Krugman wound up the last Islamist attack, just days before the museum shooting, when a convert to Islam upset over U.S. policies in Iraq and Afghanistan killed an Army recruiter.
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Hmmm. . . so harsh criticism leads to terrorism? Guess that indicts a lot of left-wing blogs then. But, Krugman’s not going after them. Guess to lefties like Krugman, when conservatives engage in overheated rhetoric, it leads to violence, but when liberals do it, it’s part of the natural order of things and only leads to civilized discourse.