Friday, September 02, 2005

The Tower Of Siloam

At 9:02 on the morning of April 19th, 1995, a Ryder truck exploded in front of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people, among them 19 children. This bombing was a reaction to the method by which the United States Government, significantly the F.B.I. and the A.T.F., along with then Attorney General Janet Reno, handled the stand-off with the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas in 1993.

Therefore, Bill Clinton's policies killed the victims of the Oklahoma City bombing.

Of course this reasoning is nonsense. Why, then, are an admittedly small but vocal and enthusiastic number of left wing pundits and "news" outlets finding a way to blame the destruction wrought by Hurricane Katrina on President Bush?

As the Gulf Coast deals with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina it has been predictable but nevertheless disheartening to take note of those who seek to politicize a largely natural disaster. (Clearly, building a city like New Orleans 12 feet below sea level had something to do with the extent of the devastation.) I have referenced the unbridled idiocy of Robert Kennedy Jr'.s statement on the hurricane below. I might also note that Ted Kennedy has been strangely silent on this matter, which is surprising in light of his expertise on drowning.

Ipse dixit logic diminishes the dignity of public discourse. Those who practice such sophistry, irrespective of the agenda, should be admonished. I await an editorial from the New York Times. I am not holding my breath, however.


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