This is an 89-year-old man. 89 years spent filling yourself with hate. What must that be like, I wonder?
Already there is plenty of speculation about what drove this guy over the edge, though of course to me it seems he went over it a long time ago. (That's what hate is, a plunge over the edge).
There's also speculation about the climate in which this guy lived, the radio and Web and TV talkfests that fuel the prejudices. For only one example, Patrik Jonsson writes in the Christian Science Monitor: "Wednesday's attack is likely to shift local, regional and national police agencies to more closely monitor the hateful chatter that feeds the violent fantasies of would-be domestic terrorists."
Trouble is, you can monitor. But what then?
If you looked at just Indian sites over the last few years, you might have run across words and phrases like these:
"ass licking retard"; "quisling sicko"; "intellectually dishonest"; "[pick a religion]-hating terrorist-enabler"; "he's a cunt"; "you support criminals"; "cheap anti-national slave"; "why doesn't someone kill this bastard? [mentioning a name]"; "burn you loathsome bitch! [mentioning a name as well]"
(Just a sample. There's plenty more. Please don't waste your time trying to find out where these appeared: since I'm not interested in giving those sites traffic, I changed each phrase).
Every one of them covered by the right to free speech, as they should be. Yet as Patrik Jonsson asks elsewhere (well, actually quoting a Steven Emerson): "Somebody yells, 'Kill the umpire!' in the first inning, and then somebody else kills the umpire in the ninth inning. You indict the guy in the ninth inning, but what about the guy who yelled in the first place?"
When differences of opinion are met with language like this, when this language becomes acceptable and mainstream, what does it do to guys already filled with hate?
Maybe it drives them to pick up knives or guns or bombs, walk into places where they'll find the folks they hate, and kill.
Postscript: As a fully supportive coda to this post, there has been a series of enlightening and thought-provoking contributions in the comments. Like with a previous time something like this happened, I felt these comments were valuable enough that I should not leave them there in the darkness; instead, they belong here with the rest of this post.
With no further ado:
I've always thought you were a fucking idiot ... I'd love to be having sex with Priyanka Chopra and Halle Berry at the same time right now ... Fuck off. With a capital F ... you prefer remaining a monkey. ... go and fuck every bitch in heat because the females' genitalia turns red when they're ready to be fucked - kind of like yours are doing so right now ... having your head stuck up your arsehole. Go rub your penis ... moaning and rubbing their penises with glee (or should that be Ghee - better lubricant I imagine?) ... dungheap tonight ... suck Rahul Gandhi's Penis everyday, but only once in 3 sucks, because the remaining 66% is reserved for SC/STs ... Screw your cocksucking skills ... you miserable excuse for genetic filler material.
Postscript #2: Since the last postscript, some more fully supportive and enlightening and ... [etc] ... contributions in the comments, from the same person(s). I felt these comments were valuable enough ... [etc] ...
With no more further ado:
these bastards are ok with violence ... you people who are the biggest advocates of hate and divisveness. You're as bad as the Hindu & Muslim Terrorists ... talk with your head up your arse? Through your Butt Cheeks? ... brush your butt cheeks to prevent cavities? ... stupid as you have shown to be ... already foaming at the mouth.
This NYT article may be of interest as well.