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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Joe Stack’s Cowardly End

Joe Stack was no hero.

That thought came through my mind when I read through his suicide note and then read a comment left on a forum run by the hosting company for embeddedart.com, where Stack had a site.

Joe Stack was no hero, despite what someone like Denns25 might imagine. “Joe Stack fought and died for his country on this day...”

No, Stack has a laundry list of complaints about the fairness of society that lead him to lash out like a child throwing a tantrum. His selfishness put others in harms way. Instead of dealing with his complaints and problems like an adult, instead of stepping up and being a leader in overturning those corrupt politicians, companies, and churches that he despised, he decided to take the cowardly, disgraceful path of a suicide bomber. Yeah, Joe, won’t that show ‘em.

And I bet they’ll really miss you when you’re gone, too.

Joe Stack was no hero. He was just another Timothy McVeigh acting out in as destructive a way as he knew how, hoping that his lifelong failures and sense of victimization would somehow be granted nobility through self sacrifice. Instead, he’ll be a nasty footnote in America’s history of crackpots and lunatics.

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on Feb 19 2010 @ 06:37 AM

Along the lines of “yes, but ...”:


on Feb 22 2010 @ 07:41 PM

No buts from where I see things. You know me well enough to know that I have my issues with aspects of our government from tax policy to corruption to creeping Europeanization (it should be a word, damnit) of our country. That doesn’t give any excuse for what he did and any wobbling just takes away from the clear moral judgement that we should be making about his actions.

Honestly, his actions don’t make it any more likely that his complaints will be heard and understood. He just managed to marginalize his own beliefs (and even some of the complaints of those of us who don’t go about flying planes into buildings) in an act of self-righteous selfishness. Irritatingly, he made it easier for our ideological opponents to look at us and brush us off, accusing us of the same brand of lunacy. Irritating not only because it isn’t true, but because he obviously came from a very different part of the ideological spectrum from either of us.

It was shockingly fortunate that only one person was killed, but, for me, I’m going to give Ken Hunter, that man’s son, the last word on the subject:

“How is it heroic to take upon acts that Al Qaeda used on September 11 of 2001? What makes that heroic?”

on Feb 22 2010 @ 08:13 PM
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