Rachel "Sparks" Blackman (seattlesparks) wrote,
Rachel "Sparks" Blackman

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The arrest of Ryan Anderson is a local story which has made national news. What gives me pause is that in the articles I've read, Anderson apparently voiced a number of things which seem, at first glance, rational. Quotes like his fear that the war in Afghanistan would be used to rob citizens of their personal rights, those are very similar to things many people voice anyway.

Now, I do think Anderson's guilty of what he's accused of, and I think he was unstable to begin with; bluerain's LJ post is evidence enough of that. (rain_luong is David Craig Simpson, a political cartoonist out here in Washington state, who went to school with Spc. Anderson. D.C. Simpson is also, for those who might wonder where they've heard the name, the author of webcomic Ozy and Millie)

But what makes me wonder is... in such a politically charged atmosphere, where people /are/ trading such heated accusations (even if I happen to think many of the accusations about personal liberties being eroded are /accurate/), are we pushing people who are already a little unstable towards the edge and making such bizarre/bad decisions as to think that al-Quida is actually a viable alternative?

Anyway. Just mostly caffeine-deprived rambling.
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