Friday, April 20, 2007

It was only a matter of time

before some wingnut or other would blame the "liberal education system" for the shootings at Virginia Tech. "American Thinker" probably isn't the first:

"Still, I wonder --- was Cho taught to hate? Whatever he learned in his classes --- did it enable him to rage at his host country, to hate the students he envied so murderously? Was he subtly encouraged to aggrandize himself by destroying others? Was his pathology enabled by the PC university? Or to ask the question differently --- was Cho ever taught to respect others, to admire the good things about his host country, and to discipline himself to build a positive life?

And that answer is readily available on the websites of Cho's English Department at Virginia Tech. This is a wonder world of PC weirdness. English studies at VT are a post-modern Disney World in which nihilism, moral and sexual boundary breaking, and fantasies of Marxist revolutionary violence are celebrated. They show up in a lot of faculty writing. Not by all the faculty, but probably by more than half."

"Moral and sexual boundary breaking": as usual with these nitwits, it all goes back to who's doing the horizontal bop, and with whom. Add a little marxism (without which you can't learn about 20th century history), a dash of authority-questioning and... stir! The Recipe for Mass Murder? Umm, no.

After a tragedy like V Tech, most of us spend time wondering about the 5 W's of it, mostly What (could have been done to prevent it) and Why (it happened in the first place). Eventually there's no other option but to accept the frustrating conclusion that there are no answers. I find it interesting that it's mostly right-wingers who seem intent on blaming someone or something (other than gun control or lack thereof) for the tragedy -- these are people who unquestioningly believe the unprovable, so it's strange that they have such difficulty with the concept that sometimes, shit happens.

Blaming the "liberal education system" and its' "politically-correct teachings" is a convenient way for right-wingers to point to the killer's incoherent diatribe against the rich and say "America hater (aka "lefty")". But that only works if everyone in America is rich, which is decidedly not the case. And Cho's "liberal education" was hardly teaching him to hate; on the contrary, most of the curriculum "American Thinker" points out is about tolerance.

The truth is we never know whose synapses are firing at redline; we can only take comfort in knowing it's such a tiny minority that's pushed over the edge, and do what we can to be good to each other. If the tragic phenomenon had anything to do with education, V Tech and Columbine would be weekly occurances.