A view of the West as enemy is cultivated in universities across the country as the cutting edge of moral thinking, with full rein given to a very un-academic manner of speech, replete with the colorful language of vilification. From these heights, the same attitudes inevitably seep into other venues, including textbooks for much younger students. The bulk of journalists and teachers do not believe in the full range of anti-Western ideology, but they accept it as an orienting guide. It is the only moral doctrine that they have heard with any frequency since they made it into the world of the talking classes. It is the only normative system they hear that makes demands on them with any vigor. They have nearly forgotten the quaint *notions they were brought up on as children, such as conscience before society, or guilt for having failed society; they have settled into a subculture where “conscience” is reduced to conscience against society and aggressive accusations about society’s guilt. And so, on issue after issue, year after year, the media speak in a language of blaming the West and identifying with anger against the West.*And, I would add, American Exceptionalism.
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Yes, the responsibility for the assassinations of two NYPD officers lies with the individual who pulled the trigger.More here. Interesting, isn't it, when you juxtapose the video below (and reality) against these (just one example out of many) false accusations from 2009 at the History News Network:
That said, it’s no coincidence that the first execution of NYC police officers in years occurred on the heels of a months-long orgy of incendiary rhetoric from our political leaders, academicians, community agitators, and members of the media . . .
We’ve seen a lot of the “Tea Party” protesters in recent weeks. . . .They seem, indeed, determined to whip the like-minded into a frenzy bordering on violence.
NYC protesters chant for dead cops December 2014
They got what they wanted, didn't they? For 12 years, I served as a Magistrate for the Commonwealth of Virginia. I had the honor of working with some of the finest individuals in law enforcement one could ever hope to meet; men (and women) who are underpaid for putting their lives on the line every time they put on a badge. Many of them are still my friends. I've also known officers callously killed in the line of duty. And I'm seething with anger right now. I am therefore restraining myself from much more I'd like to say about this whole topic, particularly when it comes to "academicians." So please note that I'm making no editorial commentary here. Just quoting others. Draw your own conclusion. But I do think it's very easy to see which side of the aisle is guilty of whipping "the like-minded into a frenzy."