The Portland area has more than its share of leftist/wrongist rags. Each of them does its part to “keep Portland weird”. One of them, which is free for the taking all over town, is called “The Portland Mercury”.
The most recent edition compares two cases of what could loosely be called “terrorism” and poses a good question:
While the 19-year-old accused of plotting to bomb Pioneer Courthouse Square waits for his trial to begin, a second, much lower-profile politically motivated bombing case heard its closing arguments in an Oregon court this week. The case of father and son Bruce and Joshua Turnidge bears several similarities with Mohamed Osman Mahamud’s… except that no one is using the word “terrorism.”
Bruce and Joshua Turnidge are facing aggravated murder charges for allegedly building a bomb and planting it at a bank in Woodburn, Oregon, in 2008, just after President Barack Obama’s election.
Unlike in Mohamud’s case, the Turnidges are accused of actually building and detonating a real bomb and taking real lives: The blast killed two police officers, took the leg of another, and injured a bank employee. Like Mohamud’s case, the prosecutors are focusing on the Turnidges’ politics as a motivating factor behind the bombing, noting in the trial that Bruce Turnidge’s house was filled with weapons and that when FBI agents stopped by his house post-bombing, Turnidge called Obama a racial slur and said that “every ballot should come with a bullet.”
Family friends testified as state witnesses that Joshua expressed hatred of police and that Bruce had tried to organize an anti-government militia…
The article goes on to cite the SPLC (as if it is a reliable source) that right-wing home-grown terrorist groups are the fastest growing type of terrorist group. It asks why it is that the Turnidges are being charged with aggravated murder rather than terrorism. To its credit, The Mercury considers the fact that the officers killed were local and it is a matter of jurisdiction. Of course, they could not hold themselves back from asking whether race might have played a role. Mohamud is black (Somali) while the Turnidges are white:
“Could there be other reasons for the difference in treatment?” writes Parry, “Sure. It could be race, it could be a sense that home-grown right-wing terrorism is not as serious or at least not part of a wider conspiracy.”
I’ll go with the original explanation: that local officers were killed and, therefore, it is a matter of jurisdiction. As for home-grown, right-wing terrorism, I truly do not believe it is as serious as Islamic terrorism. It should be obvious that the Turnidges (if guilty of the charges against them) are not representative of the “right wing”, but rather of ruthless indiscriminate killers. This being said, if real home-grown, right-wing militias were to somehow get their wish and gain power, what we would end up with would be an earlier version of America. However, if Islamic radicals were to somehow get their wish and gain power, America would be dead and gone.
That The Mercury seriously considers race as a possible explanation, only shows that they will never miss an opportunity to sell their racial paradigm.