Are We Enablers of Violence?

I was listening to NPR (National Public Radio) today as they discussed the Charlottesville protests and Trump’s tweets and statements. One of the guests was from Color of Change (I believe that was the group’s name), and he was asked if the left bore any responsibility for not speaking up against the violence by the left. He just about turned into a pretzel as he hemmed and hawed and danced around the question. Never admitted to any need to speak up. Yet only a few sentences later, he castigated Republicans for their failure to strongly denounce Trump and the white supremacists. My thought? “Wow, what a hypocrite”.

 

It seems as if the mainstream media (with a lot of help from other interested groups) is going great guns after Trump for his denounciation of violence “from all sides”, even though old Donald was exactly right in his initial response. It is absolutely proper to denounce violence from all sides.

 

In the last few years, many conservative commentators have castigated moderate Muslims for not denouncing the violence of radical Muslims. Liberals have castigated conservatives for not denouncing Trump and others. Now, it should be the turn of America to castigate liberals for not denouncing the violence of Antifa and others. Yet, so far, it’s…..crickets…..

 

This tendency to avoid criticizing extremists “on our side” is natural, to some degree, as I’m sure there is a general feeling of “well, yes, our side shouldn’t do that, but those other people against us are so horrible that they do even worse things”. With this kind of thinking, the end result is that violence goes unpunished and allowed, and naturally escalates. By our silence, we promote war amongst ourselves. The winners are the politicians and power brokers that exploit the turmoil for their own benefit. The losers….. are the rest of us, as possible solutions disappear into the fog of war.

 

There are significant problems in the US today regarding race, income inequality, criminal justice, government misdeeds, drug use, to name a few. Shouting at each other and throwing things, physical violence, and harassment only serve to inflame each side, with attention diverted from the problem to the battle. Very little gets done. We need to instead denounce the violence, and focus attention and efforts to focus on what we have in common, what we can agree on, and what we could together develop to address these issues.

An Inconvenient Truth?

Another damn political post……my apologies.

 

Back when I was around 10 or 12, my Mom got a phone call late one afternoon from a father in the neighborhood. He claimed I was yelling things or making fun of his daughter. I remember my parents asking me what I did, and I had no idea. My first thought was “Who?” I knew of this girl, but that was it. I had never talked to her, never bothered her, and to my knowledge never really crossed paths with her either at school or away from school. Nevertheless, my mom drove to their house, and I apologized to the girl. It was a bizarre feeling, being falsely accused and having to, in a way, confirm the “truth” by apologizing.

Even though the facts should have showed I was innocent, the “facts” in this case showed I was guilty.

 

It came to my mind today as I read about the House bravely passed a bill (419-3) further tightening sanctions on Russia, as punishment for their hacking of the US election. Apparently the Democrats pushed it to get back at Trump and avenge their losses in the 2016 elections, and the Republicans pushed it because the neocons hate Russia.

 

Which is all fine and dandy. Except for some potential facts that they didn’t do it. There was a very interesting letter to the President posted today (I believe it was today, could have been last day or two) regarding the DNC hacks. I have yet to see it in any mainstream news outlet, but it sheds a whole new light on the incident. If true, and if it publicized, it could put a kink in the Dems efforts to derail Trump and the Republicans efforts to continue regime change in Syria and elsewhere.

 

From the forensic analysis of the hacked material, they believe there were TWO incidents of copying material from the DNC servers. Both were indicative of copying material to another device (flash drive or portable drive), and NOT a hack. The first was most likely what Wikileaks announced on June 12, 2016, and was copied prior to that. The second copy incident was on July 5, and that material appears to have been implanted with so called Russia “tells”.

 

The theory would be that after the DNC info was announced, someone went in and got another copy, inserted things that would incriminate Russia, and released it as damage control. That would result in attention on Russia, as well as discredit Wikileaks as a Russian agent. This doctored info is what the Democrats and much of the press was touting as Russia hacking the US election.

 

The analysis was done by some respectable names, including William Binney (ex NSA) and John Kiriakou (ex CIA), among others. Link is below:

https://consortiumnews.com/2017/07/24/intel-vets-challenge-russia-hack-evidence/