They being terrorists and confederate soldiers of long ago.
No. I’m not kidding:
Defenders of the Confederacy say that innocent people were killed in the Civil War; hasn’t the same argument been presented by Muslim radicals in Iraq, Afghanistan and other places where the U.S. has tangled with terrorists?
We can’t on the one hand justify the actions of Confederates as being their duty as valiant men of the South, and then condemn the Muslim extremists who want to see Americans die a brutal death. These men are held up as honorable by their brethren, so why do Americans see them as different from our homegrown terrorists?
The fundamental problem with extremism is that when you’re on the side that is fanatical, all of your actions make sense to you, and you are fluent in trying to justify every action. Every position of those you oppose is a personal affront that calls for you to do what you think is necessary to protect yourself and your family.
Just as radical Muslims have a warped sense of religion, Confederate supporters have a delusional view of what is honorable. The terrorists are willing to kill their own to prove their point, and the Confederates were just as willing in the Civil War to take up arms against their fellow Americans to justify their point.
Even if you’re a relative of one of the 9/11 hijackers, that man was an out-and-out terrorist, and nothing you can say will change that. And if your great-great-great-granddaddy was a Confederate who stood up for Southern ideals, he too was a terrorist.
They are the same.
As a matter of conscience, I will not justify, understand or accept the atrocious view of Muslim terrorists that their actions represent a just war. They are reprehensible, and their actions a sin against humanity.
And I will never, under any circumstances, cast Confederates as heroic figures who should be honored and revered. No — they were, and forever will be, domestic terrorists.
Liberalism survives by redefining terms. This piece is no exception.
Something that isn’t racist is defined as racism.
Something that is anti-semitic is defined as merely opposition to Israeli policies.
And something like The South of long ago is now defined to be filled with terrorist states.
We are at war ideologically.
It’s time to choose sides.
H/T Confederate Yankee who takes Roland Martin’s missive to the next logical level:
Implied Roland Martin’s bizarre comparison is a direct parallel between Fort Sumter and the 9/11 terror attacks.
Crossposted at Brutally Honest.