How low will liberal progressives go to attack our nation’s veterans? It seems to be a bottomless pit.
In a vile and despicable opinion piece in the New York Times (of course), writer Kathleen Belew attempts to link white supremacists and their hate groups to veterans.
Ms. Belew asserts, “When Frazier Glenn Miller shot and killed three people in Overland Park, Kan., on Sunday, he did so as a soldier of the white power movement: a groundswell that united Klansmen, neo-Nazis and other fringe elements after the Vietnam War, crested with the bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building in 1995, and remains a diminished but potent threat today.”
If Ms. Belew, as part of the progressive agenda, wants to link veterans returning home from combat to fringe hate groups, to what does she link the New Black Panthers?
In a blatant attack specifically against our Vietnam-era veterans (of which my older brother is one), Belew states, “The number of Vietnam veterans in that [white power] movement was small — a tiny proportion of those who served — but Vietnam veterans forged the first links between Klansmen and Nazis since World War II. They were central in leading Klan and neo-Nazi groups past the anti-civil rights backlash of the 1960s and toward paramilitary violence.Yes, a tiny proportion, but why should that stop Belew from making a connection? She then tries to connect Miller’s service and his actions, saying “before his 1979 discharge for distributing racist literature, Mr. Miller served for 20 years in the Army, including two tours in Vietnam and service as a Green Beret.”
And of course Belew draws attention to former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s 2009 report detailing the threat of domestic terrorism by the white power movement. This short document outlined no specific threats, but rather a set of historical factors that had predicted white-supremacist activity in the past. The report singled out one factor that has fueled every surge in Ku Klux Klan membership in American history, from the 1860s to the present: war.
The return of veterans from combat appears to correlate more closely with Klan membership than any other historical factor. “Military veterans facing significant challenges reintegrating into their communities could lead to the potential emergence of terrorist groups or lone wolf extremists carrying out violent attacks,” the report warned. And naturally, Belew invoked the liberal progressive Left’s favorite “domestic terrorist” whipping boy, Timothy McVeigh, as anecdotal evidence.
Of course, Belew fails to mention (does she even know?) the KKK, white supremacy, Jim Crow laws, and segregationist policies are all associated with the Democrat party.
However, it is her closing paragraph which is most disturbing, “That Mr. Miller was able to carry out an act of domestic terror at two locations despite his history of violent behavior should alarm anyone concerned about public safety. Would he have received greater scrutiny had he been a Muslim, a foreigner, not white, not a veteran? The answer is clear, and alarming.”
Belew is a sick, delusional leftist who, along with those on the Left, has been waiting for some demented, white American male military veteran to shoot someone. I’m amazed she didn’t write the same piece after Jared Loughner shot former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords — oh yeah, he didn’t perfectly fit their agenda profile.
Hate to tell Ms. Belew but New York City’s beloved socialist Mayor de Blasio has canceled the program allowing scrutiny of Muslims. And Nidal Hasan was a jihadist who had all the warning signs but because he was a Muslim those signs were dismissed — and his terrorist attack is still classified as “workplace violence” by the Obama administration.
Belew and her liberal Left elitist ilk got the gift they’d been waiting for, and now they want to disparage the honor of American combat veterans. I find her op-ed offensive, politically-driven, and disrespectful to the legacy of service, sacrifice, and commitment of those brave men and women who have provided and protected her right to free speech in order for her to expose her ignorance.