Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Eugene Robinson: The Far-right's Real Threat to America

In the wake of the arrests of "Christian" militants this weekend in Michigan, Eugene Robinson, a columnist for the Washington Post, has some hard-headed comments on the threat from the Right, and why it's real (unlike the so-called threat from the Left):
For decades now, the most serious threat of domestic terrorism has come from the growing ranks of paranoid, anti-government hate groups that draw their inspiration, vocabulary and anger from the far right. It is disingenuous for mainstream purveyors of incendiary far-right rhetoric to dismiss groups such as the Hutaree by saying that there are "crazies on both sides." This simply is not true.
There was a time when the far left was a spawning ground for political violence. The first big story I covered was the San Francisco trial of heiress Patricia Hearst….There are aging radicals in Cuba today who got to Havana by hijacking airplanes in the 1970s. Left-wing radicals caused mayhem and took innocent lives.
But for the most part, far-left violence in this country has gone the way of the leisure suit and the AMC Gremlin. An anti-globalization movement, including a few window-smashing anarchists, was gaining traction at one point, but it quickly diminished after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. An environmental group and an animal-rights group have been linked with incidents of arson. Beyond those particulars, it is hard to identify any kind of leftist threat.

1 comment:

Monk-in-Training said...

I concur, Leftist violence seems to have withered and gone away (thank God) but Rightist violence is growing and has a self righteous quality to it. Scary