In 1966, Charles Whitman climbed atop a bell tower on the campus of the University of Texas in Austin and over the next hour and half shot and killed 16 people and wounded another 32.
Later, Texas’ irreverent, satirical, cigar chomping, singing Jewish cowboy and gubernatorial candidate Kinky Friedman penned the “Ballad of Charles Whitman,” which includes the lyric:
The doctors tore his poor brain down
But not a snitch of illness could be found
Most folks couldn’t figure just a why he did it
And them that could would not admit it …
Who are we to say the boy’s insane?
Gunning down people for no one reason and gunning down people in a Paris satirical newspaper over a silly, yes, silly cartoon is by definition insane. And why should anyone have any interest in figuring just a why they did it? Wouldn’t that be insane?
But social media was alive with comments like this: “this is the harvest of the hatred that France has sowed.”
An enemy of civilization, civility, decency, liberty and free speech is not one to be understood. That mentality and insanity should be abjured, despised and defeated … with words, reason and guns and bombs.
Jihadists do not deserve empathy: