Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Right wing objects to Tiller murder investigation

The U.S. Justice Department has commenced a probe of the murder of Dr. George Tiller, the physician who has been targeted for years by members of the far right for his willingness, at great personal risk, to perform late-term abortions to women in need. And Wendy Wright, president of the Concerned Women for America, has a problem with that.

According to the right-wing Web site, OneNewsNow, Wright said:

"This may be more of a nefarious effort than it appears on its face," she exclaims, "that in fact, the Department of Justice may be trying to smear pro-lifers, as if we all belong in the same camp, as if we all advocate violence, when it's [actually] just the opposite."
The proof of the Obama adminstration's nefarious machinations, according to the right, is the fact that it has not dispatched U.S. Marshals to military recruiting stations in light of the recent murder of a recruiter by a man who says he is a convert to Islam. But U.S. Marshals have been dispatched to protect women's health care clinics in the wake of the Tiller murder.

Let's see: the murder of a doctor by the member of a movement that has a long history of violence against the employees of facilities that provide abortion services to women is somehow unworthy of measures taken to protect other employees of such facilities against any future life-threatening assaults -- all because the U.S. Marshals have not been called to protect the U.S. military.

Furthermore, the murderer of the soldier is under investigation by the Justice Department -- by the FBI Joint Terrorist Task Force, to exact. The investigation began before the murder; unfortunately, there apparently wasn't evidence enough to lock him up at the time of the attack.

The comparison between the Justice Department's actions on behalf of abortion providers and its efforts to stem jihadist terrorism is a classic right-wing tactic: when one's wrongs are exposed, change the subject, even if false analogies are required to do so.

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