Cynical Synapse

Tue, 02 Jun 2009

Soldier’s Assassination: Just Page 5 News

Filed under: Civil liberties, Global War on Terror, Heroes, Military, Patriotism, Politics, Terrorism — cynicalsynapse @ 11:08 pm

Where is our Commander-in-Chief on an obvious attack on the military establishment of the United States of America?

Army PFC William Long was killed June 1st by a domestic jihadist. PFC Long, and another Soldier injured in the attack, were serving on recruiting duty in North Little Rock, AR. I might be wrong, but I don’t think of North Little Rock as a hotbed of extremism. I live in metro Detroit, home of the largest Arabic population of the country in Dearborn. In general, they are not extremist; we’re into the 7th year in the Global War on Terror (GWOT) overseas contingency operations and, as far as I know, there have been no acts of violence from the Arab-American populace in southeast Michigan. In fact, there is little disagreement from this group with US policy in the GWOT except a sensitivity to beware of pre-judging, which only makes sense to me.

Long’s killer, suspected to be Abdul Hakim Mujahid Muhammad, is a so-called convert to Islam. According to the Arkansas Times:

The shooting of two young soldiers, one fatally, outside the Army recruiting station on Rodney Parham about 10 a.m. this morning, has taken on a much broader dimension.

At an afternoon news conference, police said the man who’s suspected in the shooting did not know the victims but shot them because of “ideological reasons.” The suspect was described as a convert to Islam who specifically targeted soldiers for the attack.Police Chief Stuart Thomas said he didn’t appear to be part of a larger conspiracy and appeared to have acted alone.

“He has a disagreement with military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan,” Thomas said.

Federal agencies are on the case.

The suspect, Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, 24, lived on Mara Lynn Drive. He was formerly known as Carlos Bledsoe and apparently moved to Little Rock from Memphis two to three months ago. He also had lived in Nashville, Tenn. recently.

Police identified the dead soldier as Pvt. William Long, 24, of Conway. Wounded was Pvt. Quentin Ezeagwula, 18, of Jacksonville. He’s in serious condition, but isn’t believed to have life-threatening wounds.

In USA Today, PFC Williams’ murder is a page 5 article, even with obvious GWOT implications. Yesterday, Dr. Tiller’s murder was front page news in the same newspaper. Why does a doctor get front page, but a defender of our freedoms is relegated to page 5?

I’m not a big Sarah Palin fan, but she said:

The stories of two very different lives with similar fates crossed through the media’s hands yesterday – both equally important but one lacked the proper attention. The death of 67-year old George Tiller was unacceptable, but equally disgusting was another death that police believe was politically and religiously motivated as well.

William Long died yesterday. The 23-year old Army Recruiter was gunned down by a fanatic; another fellow soldier was wounded in the ambush. The soldiers had just completed their basic training and were talking to potential recruits, just as my son, Track, once did.

Whatever titles we give these murderers, both deserve our attention. Violence like that is no way to solve a political dispute nor a religious one. And the fanatics on all sides do great disservice when they confuse dissention with rage and death.

So, what’s the significance of President Obama denouncing the abortionist’s murder but having nothing to say about the assassination of one of our Soldiers? Is a PFC less important to society than a doctor? Not in my book, but still no statement from the White House.

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