Arizona Republic Columnist: Not Bombing Syria Is Like Watching Kids Get Raped at Penn State

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Republican Congressman Matt Salmon does not support the American military attacking Syria.

According to the Arizona Republic's apparently left-wing columnist, E.J. Montini, that means Salmon's the kind of guy who would watch Jerry Sandusky rape little kids in the shower at Penn State.

What?

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"Syria is like Penn State, only with less outrage," Montini declared, before attempting to explain a comparison of the two.

Upon seeing this editorial, Greg Patterson, the former state lawmaker/lobbyist and current member of the Arizona Board of Regents who mans the "Espresso Pundit" blog, penned a very appropriate response, reading, in part:
"Usually it's right leaning politicians--not left leaning journalist--who make grossly insensitive comments about rape. Montini's column fails this test on two accounts. First, no matter how much you disagree with a Congressman's decisions, they are not equivalent to walking away while you know a boy is being raped in a shower. Montini's comparison of Salmon to coach McQueary is disgusting and should not be tolerated. Second, rape is such a horrific crime that reasonable people can't use it in a metaphor. You can't say that any type of Congressional deliberation is like ignoring child rape because the analogy both vilifies congressmen and makes light of rape."
Nailed it.

Montini actually wrote that thing last week (Friday's Republic), in which he apparently compares Salmon to Penn State assistant football coach Mike McQueary -- the guy who saw Sandusky in the shower with a young boy.

From Montini's column:
If McQueary had intervened, he could not be sure what he was getting himself into. So he concluded he should not enter the shower area alone. I'd guess he would have acted differently in the boy being molested was his son. But he wasn't. So McQueary left.

That logic is similar to those who say we shouldn't intervene in Syria.
We're not exactly sure how the moral obligation is supposed to be the same for killing a bunch of people none of us has ever met, and stopping a kid from getting raped. Or was McQueary supposed to bomb the Penn State campus to kill a child rapist? How are these the same, and how is this even an argument?

The Republic's editorial board, a "big supporter" of the Iraq War, apparently opposes military action in Syria.

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MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

I'm not convinced that Syria has chemical weapons or that they used chemical weapons.

Now, had AMERICANS been attacked with chemical weapons in Syria, and we have concrete evidence, I'd be the first one to say round up Assad.

But comparing Syria to Penn State? Really EJ?? I usually like your columns but this one I am really sickened by.

ellwood
ellwood

" Penn State assistant football coach Mike McQueary -- the guy who saw Sandusky in the shower with a young boy."   And that's all he saw, there was no rape.  Don't believe me?  Ask McQueary, Sandusky's jury or the 14yr old (not 10, 14) kid in the shower.  He's on the record.

The problems here are abundant, comparing the sexual abuse of children to a geo-political conflict, using the sexual abuse of children to grab some attention, getting the details wrong...  Is this really the best we can do?

Chris Hedges
Chris Hedges

Just say no to war in Syria. And I suspect Montini's motives are more about blind loyalty to Obama than anything else.

9fold
9fold

The author is dead wrong on his position with Penn State. The incident has been misrepresented too many times. People should understand this by now.  No one was raped in a shower at Penn State. Go check Mike McQueary's grand jury testimony. He did not ever say that he saw rape. That was said in the state's grand jury presentment, which is an account written by the state (one-sided document; no rebuttal from the defense) with the intention of gaining an indictment. However, that is not the testimony. Mike McQueary never said rape.

Furthermore, Mike McQueary never testifed to witnessing rape or anything of a sexual nature in Jerry Sandusky's trial. As a result, Jerry Sandusky was acquitted of the rape charge, just one of three charges for which he was acquitted.

For the record, I am not defending Jerry Sandusky. He is a pedophile and he is in jail where he belongs. However, my interest here is in setting the record straight with respect to the incident at Penn State. It was not rape. Again, check Mike McQueary's grand jury and trial testimony. Do not use a grand jury presentment to assess what took place.

Barbie MacBride
Barbie MacBride

I have never ONCE agreed with that communist wimp. Never will.

royalphoenix
royalphoenix

If Assad did use nbc weapons, and that is a very big if, they are probably left over from when the USA was supplying them to Saddam Hussein for his war with Iran. Why is it those who will not shoulder a weapon are always the first to say "fight" ? peace

WTF....
WTF....

We're not exactly sure how the moral obligation is supposed to be the same for killing a bunch of people none of us has ever met"

THAT has got to be the worst 2 lines you've ever penned mr. Hendley, you could have chosen a different way to put it.

But according to you, the world should just shut up sit back and let the mass killing continue because who cares about children we've never met.

I wonder if people would feel the same if these gas killings would be happening in Germany, England, France Italy etc...

Mary Doe
Mary Doe

Not 'the same' but related as if 'it's not my kid, it is not my problem.'

Mary Doe
Mary Doe

James. You simply choose not to believe those who escaped, intelligence, British, and even Nazi's own propaganda. You do not have to see the camps by yourself if you learn about the Nuremberg Laws, forceful relocation of European Jews or subjugation of whole countries.

Mandel Moreno
Mandel Moreno

Maybe he should go write for children then since he can't follow big kid topics.

Dustin Mitchell
Dustin Mitchell

Wait.. Joe are you implying we're killing people in Iraq with weapons of mass destruction?

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

The US has murdered hundreds of thousands of Iraqis with chemical weapons, so how are we to decide what's best for any other country.

James L. Crabtree
James L. Crabtree

We did not know for sure that the Final Solution was occurring. We only had statements from some people that were able to escape. Sadly, we truly did not know the horrors until the camps were liberated by G.I.'s.

Nick Roen
Nick Roen

Whoever wrote that is disturbingly blind to the reality of the actions of their own government. This is wild propaganda don't buy it. If you want the real story, watch this. http://youtu.be/J-NIOthWsjk

elmergantry71
elmergantry71

Sorry, Matt, I disagree with your analysis. I think EJ was pretty much on the money. BTW, I don't think he's on the left, either. The electorate just moved so far to the right that the centrism of old appears to be on the left due to an optical illusion.

Dustin Mitchell
Dustin Mitchell

My opinion on this is.. what if Pearl Harbor had never happened in the 40's and we werent attacked leading us into war.. should we have let Hitler keep killing people by the hundreds/thousands because it's not our problem? To a point I think as human beings, we need to help one another out in conditions of mass murder from chemical weapons.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

"none of us has ever met"?  You never met the boys Sandusky raped either - where is the irony? The situations are the same - and instead of being raped, these young boys and girls have been smothered in a tortuous death.  Lot's worse than rape if you ask me.  In addition to you advocating standing by while watching the DEATH of innocents, the mere fact that the use of Sarin gas violates of the Chemical Weapons Convention should be enough to do what President Obama has done - ask Congress to authorize him to go to war against Syria and stop the madness there.  The other things you have failed to consider in your kneejerk reaction is that what happens when the Assad regeime is defeated by the milita rebel groups?  The Chemical Weapons and other weapons of mass destruction fall into the hands of Al Queada and related groups who have no compunction against using small children as human bombs against civilian populations, including in the US.  Think what a few hundred travelers from the Middle East could do if each one had a vial of Sarin gas in their carry on luggage disguised as shampoo or hand lotion.  How many planes could they take down in the US?  These weapons are dangerous and need to be secured NOW!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chemical_Weapons_Convention

ellwood
ellwood

ANd why aren't you calling the guy out for his idiotic comparison to a situation that didn't happen?  Anyone can feign outrage when they change the facts to match their story... it a dellusion.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@royalphoenix  

It doesn't really seem to be a "very big if'.  Why do you suggest that it is?

What we supplied to Iraq was a chemical used in the production of "mustard gas". Still inexcusable, but nothing to do with sarin.  Iraq got that from Germany.

The first to say "fight" are often the troops.  The first to say it publicly, to the media, are naturally pretty much always politicians or pundits too old to fight.

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