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Across the board newspapers and tv stations here comment on yesterdays shooting as a disturbed and disturbing reaction to the political divide and increasingly violent political language in the US.
One fact is very disturbing in itself. The shooter had an accomplice it seems. Someone who took him to the place of carnage. It seems Jared Lee Loughner was used and here it becomes even more serious. Jared Lee seems to be at the bottom of a domestic terrorism food chain. The political right, tea-party, represented by Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Sharron Angle, to name just a few, are used by those who would like to keep all scrutiny away from their money making and therefore need a weak government. Witless imbeciles or just ambitious, self-serving cynics themselves, PalinLimbaughBeckAngle use the uninformed, uneducated and plain stupid for their own political ends. They fire up a violent anti-government, anti-social and racist language and here and there one is desperate, violent and disturbed enough to consider acting on it. But being a coward, like the ones above him, this man uses still another one, who is even more disturbed and delusional. And this one acts.
Now tell me. What is the difference to the Mullahs, who support the hate preachers in the mosques, who in turn fire up the men, who in turn find someone who is young, witless and disturbed enough to blow himself up in the middle of a crowd?
But enough of my ranting. Let’s have a look at Europe’s press:
Much debate has painted American politicians in general, and the federal government in particular, as somehow being a force for evil. Indeed many rightwing commentators have portrayed President Barack Obama and senior Democrats as socialists or even Marxists bent on fundamentally changing the American way of life. Some fringe groups and conservative politicians have even hinted at resorting to illegal measures in order to defend the nation from what they see as a dire threat. (read more)
It [the incident] could also potentially damage Sarah Palin, a figurehead of the Tea Party, who had identified Rep Giffords as one of the Democratic members of Congress she wanted to see defeated in November’s mid-term elections. Ms Palin’s Facebook page at one point featured cross-hair symbols superimposed over the constituencies of Rep Giffords and others. (read more)
The rhetoric and debate that instantly sprang up around this crime show the volatile, febrile nature of American politics and those passions are unlikely to disappear overnight. (read more)
The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung:
Offensichtlich ist die Polarisierung zwischen den Lagern weit fortgeschritten; sie hat in den vergangenen zwei Jahren vermutlich noch zugenommen. Die parteiübergreifende Zusammenarbeit ist fast die Ausnahme geworden, der politische Prozess im Kongress, zwischen den beiden Kammern und zwischen Kongress und Weißem Haus trägt Züge von Dämonisierung und Vernichtungswillen. (full story)
Obviously the polarization between the two blocks is far advanced, if anything it has increased during the last two years. Bipartisan cooperation has become the exception, the political process in Congress, between the two Houses and the White House, shows traits of demonization and the will to annihilate. (translation by EV)
La Repubblica (Italy):
[…]l’attentato sembra quasi una notizia attesa, un evento tragicamente prevedibile nel clima arroventato di odio che gli ultimi anni, e l’avvento del movimentismo degli ultrà della destra gonfi di rabbia, hanno generato. (full story)
The assassination attempt is a piece of news that could have been expected, a tragic event predictable in the hateful political climate which the last years and the arrival of the ultra right movement blown up by rage have generated.(translated by EV)
Many more news outlets have not yet issued own commentaries but resort to Sheriff Dupnik’s words instead:
And I have nothing to add to that.