Shooting the sheriff but not the deputy
Who needs evidence?
Bob Marley’s “I Shot the the Sheriff” is about a confession followed by a denial “I shot the sheriff, but I did not shoot the deputy.”
Although the song provides a story about a morally innocent man, that particular line pops into my head often in today’s political/media environment. One who’s guilty of A must also be guilty of B; “If he shot the sheriff, he must have also shot the deputy! It’s logical that he did, so why do you need evidence?”
That thinking was behind the 2003 invasion of Iraq. If Saddam Hussein was evil enough to attack Iran and then invade Kuwait, then he’s evil enough to stockpile WMD’s and have ties to Osama bin Laden!
Those who raised questions were dismissed as Saddam sympathizers and unpatriotic. But no one questioned that Saddam was evil. We all knew he was, but some of us wanted evidence that he was an actual threat to U.S. security. We were ignored. The war proceeded.
Likewise, Gaddafi was evil enough to fund terrorists, but that didn’t mean he massacred his own civilian population or was a threat to the U.S. The war against him proceeded anyway.
Iran supports anti-Israel terrorists, but that doesn’t mean they fund terrorist attacks on American soil. Sanctions are tightened anyway.
North Korea may have been unhappy with the movie The Interview, but that doesn’t mean Kim Jong-un hacked Sony. (I still can’t believe people swallowed that story.)
Catholic schoolboys may be sexist for marching against abortion, and may be racist for wearing MAGA hats, but that doesn’t mean they chanted “Build the wall!” in front of Native Americans at the Lincoln Memorial.
If we’re going to jump to conclusions, here are some of my own:
George W. Bush invaded Iraq without provocation. That’s a Nazi-ish thing to do. Therefore, he’s a Nazi.
Obama attacked Libya without provocation or any semblance of Congressional approval. That’s also Nazi-ish. Obama’s also a Nazi.
From communist “threats” to cheap imports, the American media has for many decades invoked the Yellow Peril of the Far East. Why? Because the media is racist to the core.
The Democratic Party, neo-conservatives, and the Mcarthyite media have promoted lie after lie about Russia-gate. What is their motive? They are all a bunch of anti-Russian bigots, and because Russia is mostly white and mostly Christian, they see nothing wrong in their bigotry.
Do I have evidence that past Presidents are Nazis? That the media is racist? That the Establishment is fueled by bigotry?
No, I don’t. But why should that stop me?