While virtually no one is expecting the suicide bomber at Manchester to not have been motivated by radical Islam, Roger is beside himself with rage that last night, on the ABC, left leaning quasi intellectuals were opining that the risk of harm for the average citizen in countries like the US and Australia from Islamic terrorism, especially by foreign terrorists, is actually very small.
Now, if these comments had been made after the Manchester bombing, Franklin might have had some emotional excuse, at least, for anger at insensitivity at what would have been seen as downplaying the public distress at such a terrible terrorist attack. [And by writing this post, I am certainly not trying to make any excuse either - this is surely the most unforgivable attack because of the age and innocence of the victims. It is, by all standards, horrifying.]
But this is not what happened. Roger can't see through his anger that the comments remain essentially true, and were not made in any context where they could be taken as insensitive.
Furthermore, everyone, Left or Right, understands that radical Islam is a terrible problem and causes great evil. Fuming about it alone doesn't solve, in particular, the problem of self radicalised, Western born terrorists. All nations already spend a lot of effort in trying to trace and prevent it. No one on the Left thinks that is a wasted effort.
Franklin's disgust reaches absurd and offensive heights with his ending:
Life isn’t fair and death less so. Had there been a shred of justice, that blast would have detonated in an Ultimo TV studio. Unlike those young girls in Manchester, their lives snuffed out before they could begin, none of the panel’s likely casualties would have represented the slightest reduction in humanity’s intelligence, decency, empathy or honesty.
Mind you, as Krauss felt his body being penetrated by the Prophet’s shrapnel of nuts, bolts and nails, those goitered eyes might in their last glimmering have caught a glimpse of vindication.
Yeah, nice one Roger. You're just another example why such a large part of the conservative Right has become so untrustworthy in thinking about risk.
Update: It took a day, and scores of real journalists and members of the public condemning Franklin, but Quadrant (although not specifically Franklin) has apologised. From the paywalled Australian:
The now amusing thing about this, if one reads the Catallaxy threads, is that the many wingnutters ecstatic with Franklin's offensiveness have been pledging subscriptions to Quadrant all day, and now have had the rug pulled out from under them.Quadrant magazine today “unreservedly apologised” to ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie for an online article that suggested it would have been better off if the Manchester terrorist had bombed the public broadcaster’s Sydney headquarters.The magazine’s editor in chief, Keith Windshuttle, responded to Ms Guthrie late today in a letter agreeing the “intemperate wording” in the article was a “serious error of judgment and should not have been published”.The article will be withdraw from the magazine’s website, he said.“Even though I do not share all of the interpretations expressed in your letter, I accept your assurance about the offence it caused you and your staff. You have my unreserved apology for any concerns it might have given you,” Mr Windshuttle wrote.Earlier, Communications Minister Mitch Fifield blasted Quadrant for its “sick and unhinged” comments about the ABC after contained in the article.
Sinclair Davidson - who pathetically joined in with the defence of Franklin, suggests its because the magazine couldn't afford a legal fight with the government funded ABC. What tosh.
No, simple decency required the apology, but ageing, angry ant culture warriors are too blind to see that.