Sunday, August 13, 2017

More Thoughts on the Battle of Charlottesville

The victim. I don't agree with her
politics, but I absolutely don't think
she deserved to be killed for them
Following up on my article from yesterday about what happened at the abortive "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottsville, I want to take a minute to comment specifically on the one aspect that has dominated the discussion, now that there's more information available. That is, the alleged ramming of a car into a bunch of counter-protesters by UtR participant James Alex Fields Jr*.

The fact that someone rammed that car into the crowd, and killed one of the counter-protesters, is not in doubt. The fact that Mr. Fields is now in custody, and will be arraigned tomorrow, is also not in doubt. His possible motives are unknown (although there's no shortage of speculation), but it should also be stressed that he, like anyone is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law by a trial of his peers.

That said...

If it was done intentionally**, then it was an act of domestic terrorism, and should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Period.

There is no excuse for deliberately plowing a car into a crowd. It's terrorism and murder when a Muslim does it, and it's terrorism and murder when an Alt-Righter does it. There's no excuse for it on a human scale, and ultimately it does more harm to the cause he purports to support than it does good. Such a thing is unforgivable and intolerable, no matter what the ideology of the perpetrator.


* Not Joel Vangheluwe, as was widely reported yesterday (and today) on some right-wing websites. The /pol identification of Joel Vangheluwe was in error, and widely retracted. Please don't spread it.

** That is, not some mechanical failure, or some panic-induced attempt to escape being attacked by counter-protesters, or something, both of which seem pretty far-fetched at this point, but just covering all the bases.

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