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Will this be the defense? I always thought dealing with bullies was part of growing up. Our society has become wimps who don’t know how to deal with school yard bullies or international bullies.
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Well, it’s not their fault. Look, folks, I have a piece here. Thank you, Jim, very much for the call. I have a piece here in the Boston Globe that ran Saturday, and the headline: “Islam Might Have Had Secondary Role In Boston Attacks.” It is written by Lisa Wangsness. “Islam Might Have Had Secondary Role In Boston Attacks.” She said: “But family, neighbors, friends, and social media sources painted a complex picture of the brothers’ religiosity.” So Islam might have had a secondary role in the Boston attacks.

This inspired James Taranto, Best of the Web Today, Wall Street Journal, to write a series of typical Boston Globe headlines on Twitter to help illustrate the absurdity of Lisa Wangsness and her piece: “Islam Might Have Had Secondary Role In Boston Attacks.”

Such as, Booze might have had a secondary role in a hangover. Gravity might have had a secondary role in a fall. Fault might have had a secondary role in the quake. The Surgeon General has determined that cigarette smoking might have a secondary role in lung cancer. Brando might have had a secondary role in The Godfather. The bomb might have played a secondary role in Japan’s defeat. Anti-Semitism might have played a secondary role in the pogrom. Slavery might have played a secondary role in the Civil War. Racism might have played a secondary role in cross burning. Abortion might have had played a secondary role in the Gosnell case. That would be if the Boston Globe were covering the Gosnell case.

The LA Times is reporting that the Tsarnaevs attended services at the Islamic Center of Boston mosque in Cambridge near their apartment. The Times had no trouble finding members who recalled them. But the Boston Globe said that Islam might have had a secondary role in the Boston attacks. Given that, it’s entirely possible that bullying could have been the culprit.

Don’t laugh about this bullying business. During the break mere moments ago, CNN was running through possible defenses for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. I’m not kidding. This is my point. CNN had somebody on to discuss possible defenses for Dzhokhar, and they’re talking about how he could blame everything on his older brother. His older brother radicalized. His older brother bullied him. You see how this could work out. How about this. Do you think Lisa Wangsness at the Boston Globe would ever write a story with the following headline: “Guns Might Have Had a Secondary Role in the Newtown Shooting?” “Islam Might Have Played a Secondary Role in the Boston Bombings.”

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