Monday, May 7, 2007

Pat Buchanan's crack-up

It is sad to see a once intelligent mind cracking up. This is happening to Pat Buchanan. His recent article about the Virginia Tech murders is, to put it charitably, incredibly dumb and illogical. He is, of course, a major critic of illegal immigration, and has done some very good work on the subject. (His book State of Emergency was reviewed very favorably by many prominent conservatives). One of his more controversial thesis's is that America has taken on more then enough immigrants, and that we should end immigration (legal and illegal) until the present wave of immigrants assimilate. Although there are many who disagree, this case can at least by made logically.
Now, though, Buchanan has gone way too far. His column suggests that criminals are disportionally immigrants, and the tacit premise is that simply sealing the borders would end much crime. He says:
Many immigrants do not assimilate. Many do not wish to. They seek community in their separate subdivisions of our multicultural, multiracial, multiethnic, multilingual mammoth mall of a nation. And in numbers higher than our native born, some are going berserk here.
The 1993 bombers of the World Trade Center and the killers of 9-11 were all immigrants or illegals. Colin Ferguson, the Jamaican who massacred six and wounded 19 in an anti-white shooting spree on the Long Island Railroad, was an illegal. John Lee Malvo, the Beltway Sniper, was flotsam from the Caribbean. Angel Resendez, the border-jumping rapist who killed at least nine women, was an illegal alien. Julio Gonzalez, who burned down the Happy Land social club in New York, killing 87, arrived in the Mariel boatlift.
Ali Hassan Abu Kama, who wounded seven, killing one, in a rampage on the observation deck of the Empire State Building, was a Palestinian. As was Sirhan Sirhan, the assassin of Robert Kennedy.
The rifleman who murdered two CIA employees at the McLean, Va., headquarters was a Pakistani. When Chai Vang, a Hmong, was told by a party of Wisconsin hunters to vacate their deer stand, he shot six to death. Peter Odighizuwa, the gunman who killed the dean, a teacher and a student at the Appalachian School of Law, was a Nigerian.
Hesham Hadayet, who shot up the El Al counter at LAX, killing two and wounding four, was an Egyptian immigrant. Gamil al-Batouti, the copilot who yelled, "I put my faith in Allah's hands," as he crashed his plane into the Atlantic after departing JFK Airport, killing 217, was an Egyptian.
Mohammed Reza Taheri-azar, the UNC graduate who ran his SUV over nine people on Chapel Hill campus and said he was "thankful for the opportunity to spread the will of Allah," was an Iranian.
Juan Corona, who murdered 25 people in California to be ranked with the likes of Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy, was a Mexican.

Notice that he gives no evidence about his assertion that immigrants don't assimilate. He ignores the fact that historically, the first generation of immigrants often don't assimilate fully into the mainstream culture. There are few statistics about this (how do you measure someones assimilation level?), but the creation of Chinatown, Little Italy, and other ethic enclaves suggest that this is accurate. From his name, I would guess that Buchanan's ancestors came here in the mid nineteenth century. Is he aware of the Irish criminal gangs that terrorized parts of New York during the latter part of the nineteenth century? Would Buchanan argue that his parents shouldn't have come over here?
Buchanan's impressive list of immigrants who have committed spectacular crimes seems to lend credence to his idea, at least as long as none of his readers actually think. (Evidently, none of them do). If they did, they might possibly start thinking of Timothy McViegh, Charles Manson, the Unabomber, or Lee Harvey Oswald. They might think to research whether Asians like Cho commit more crimes than than whites or blacks. (They don't. Is anyone surprised?) Or maybe research whether immigrants commit more crimes than natives. (They don't. Is anyone sensing a trend here?) Or maybe realize that Cho has been here since he was eight years old? And that his parents are Christians?
Pat Buchanan is right on some things, such immigration. It is explicable that he is angry at being passed over by the conservative elites. It is inevitable that he would be angry over his lack of support from rightists during his presidential runs. But someone should tell Pat that the way to be taken seriously is not to become a raving loon.

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