COTTO: Neo Nazi shooter should be reviled, not feared

COTTO: Neo Nazi shooter should be reviled, not feared

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OCALA, Fla., April 18, 2014 — How do you move beyond the deaths of others, especially if these were incurred under tragic circumstances?

It is far more difficult when the fallen are family, friends, or people we admire. What if they are members of your religious group? What if they share your ethnicity or background?

Ever since a gunman claimed three innocent lives at Jewish centers in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park last Sunday, people have been struggling to explain one thing: “Why?”

The answer seems simple enough. This assailant, one Frazier Glenn Miller, is an admitted anti-Semite. The man hates Jews with with an almost indescribably strong passion.

Miller, who is 73-years-old, made a home for himself at the little known Vanguard News Network. VNN is a discussion forum which might make Stormfront regulars blush. The ringleader is Alex Linder, one of America’s foremost neo-Nazi activists.

The influence which VNN had on Miller cannot be underestimated. The man made over 12,000 posts in its various discussion rooms. 

League of the South activist Hunter Wallace posted a VNN screen capture on his blog. It revealed that Miller, under the screen name “Rounder”, voted in support of Linder’s aim “to attack Christianity and….advocate exterminating all Jews”.

In a separate posts, Wallace, a vociferous opponent of white nationalism and neo-Nazism, noted how “Vanguardists” and “Vantards” often commit acts of extreme violence. He also wrote of their movement’s dead end nature.

More than anything else, Vanguardists, Stormfronters, and their fellow travelers want to see Jews gone. For those who don’t advocate genocide, the goal is forced relocation. On a more practical level, though, virtually all would settle for seeing American Jews feel like strangers in their own homeland.

On this point, at least, the anti-Semites seem to be getting their wish. 

Shortly after the carnage, Daily Beast contributor Hampton Stevens came out with an article titled “Frazier Glenn Miller Would Kill Every Jew Like Me”. While this is undeniably true, Stevens soon fell off the beaten path.

“I drove from supposedly hazardous, urban Kansas City to the pretty, purported safety of suburban Overland Park,” he wrote. “While driving, listening to the first sketchy news reports, hot tears were streaming down my face. My skin was red, mind awash in blank rage. The world looked different. The streets of Kansas City, my home—where my father and his father, and his father before him were born and raised—now looked alien to me. The faces of strangers seemed newly, weirdly hostile. And people wonder, I thought, why there has to be a Israel.”

Without delving into the Pandora’s box of Israeli politics, allowing a terrorist like Miller to make one feel ill at ease where he or she grew up is a mistake among mistakes. By doing this, an inordinate amount of power is granted to an individual who deserves not even the ground he stands on. Miller, at a base level, is a lonely, disaffected man who projected his insecurities onto an entire group of people. His being a convicted antigovernment militant who got a lesser sentence by testifying against other white supremacists made him an outcast even among the fringe.

Stevens proceeded to ask why anti-Semites loathe Jews, which is like wondering why a rabid dog bites passers-by. He then said that “even in cosmopolitan, liberal cities like London and Paris….anti-Semitism is couched in the language of Anti-Zionism.”

It is true that some who loathe Jews masquerade as earnest critics of Israel. It is also true that some who try to be your friend only do so because they expect material or social benefit. This is no reason to reject any prospect of friendship, however. 

Nonetheless, scores of pundits were quick to blame an anti-Zionist journalist for Miller’s rampage. The pasty is one Max Blumenthal, who entered the spotlight because it was alleged that Miller wrote favorably about his Israel skepticism over 300 times. A Mondoweiss investigation revealed this to be untrue.

“Out of 12,683 forum posts attributed to [Miller], one single post was found to have mentioned ‘Jew journalist Max Blumenthal.’ That single post contains a broken link to a page that once linked to a YouTube clip of a brief interview with Blumenthal,” reporters Alex Kane and Phan Nguyen stated. “In that interview, Blumenthal explained how neoconservative supporters of Netanyahu in D.C. were hoping to sway the 2012 presidential election in their favor.”

Few people seem to have noticed this inconvenient fact, however. At any rate, Blumenthal remains guilty in the minds of all too many. Aside from his story, scores of concerned Twitterers more or less echoed Stevens’s ideas about the shooting proving Israel’s need.

Once again, the politics of Israel are not a matter of consideration here. The State serves as a home and refuge for millions. That is all which should be said about it right now. What should be said about American Jews, though, is that there is no need for refuge from the United States. Jews are not a persecuted minority here by any sane definition.

In the case of Overland Park, this is evidenced by Christians actively participating in Jewish communal affairs. Tragically, that caused three to enter Miller’s sights. On a national level, has anybody else seen the rates of intermarriage for non-Orthodox Jews? Only widespread societal inclusion can account for it.

Allowing a parasite like Miller to destroy one’s sense of belonging is not simply preposterous, but dangerous. He is a loser, and losers — particularly those so rotten that only violence can speak for them — do not deserve so much as the time of day.

On that note, let us remember the shooting’s victims, and grant the shooter no influence whatsoever over America’s future.

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