The American society had not recovered from the horrifying incident of Aurora shooting when a Sikh temple in Wisconsin was attacked. Just two weeks had passed by since the Aurora shooting nightmare before the Sikh temple and its worshippers became the latest target of home-grown terrorism. Six people were killed whereas three are critically injured, including a policeman from Wisconsin.
With a day spent in providing updates about the incident, mainstream media is now moving ahead unraveling different details about the killer Wade Michael Page. It is however, interesting to note that in none of the accounts you read about this ‘Wisconsin shooter’ you will not find the word ‘terrorist’ with it.
But, on the flip side you can definitely come up with details and theories that tell you that he was mentally unstable or under psychiatric supervision. For Wade, such details have already started surfacing.
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According to Prisonplanet.com, 40-year-old Wade served in the US Army from April 1992 till October 1998 as a member of the psychological operations unit. It is also interesting to note here that his involvement with psychological operations also bears resemblance to accused Colorado shooter James Holmes, who was treated by University of Colorado psychiatrist Dr. Lynne Fenton, a former US Air Force doctor.
At the same time latest details also reveal that Wade was influenced by movements of white supremacist groups and was also the lead singer of neo-Nazi band called End Apathy. The band is known for music that is incredibly violent.
However, what needs to be understood here is the point that all these details intend to illuminate collectively. The stories of mental imbalance and insanity actually serve as the perfect cover-up that can be provided to the horrendous acts committed by Holmes and Wade, and in the not-so-recent-past by Jared Loughner – the guy who shot Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
It is a well established and understood fact that terrorists all over the world whether it is former Al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin laden, Faisal Shehzad or Norwegian killer Anders Behring Breivik who killed 77 people, are all mentally unstable in one way or the other.
Obviously, you cannot be sane if you are on a bloody rampage killing innocent people, exploding cars or demolishing buildings. Hence in its totality the acts committed by either of the people mentioned above can be labeled as terrorism in its most rationale sense.
But, the ultimate duality and sheer display of hypocrisy arrives when one is dubbed as terrorist and the other a patient under psychiatric treatment. One is called an extremist and the other is provided a safe passage to rescue because he was mentally unstable. One is termed the mastermind of a terrorist group, whereas, the other intends to seek life sentence over death penalty. All for the crimes that ended with same results, yet with different names and religions of the perpetrators.
Reaching upon a concrete conclusion in either of these cases is not difficult. It can be done with a simple Q&A session. Did Osama bin laden kill innocent people? Yes. Was he a terrorist? Yes. Was he mentally unstable? No, he was a mastermind who plotted to kill. Did Breivik, Holmes and Wade kill innocent people? Yes. Should they be labeled as terrorists? No. Should they be sentenced to death? No, because they are insane. But, they did kill people, right? Yes they did but they are mentally unstable, that’s why they should be pardoned.
With the application of such dual standards of who is a terrorist and who is not, we intentionally add a grey area in matters which should be either black or white. That is something to think about.