I’m sympathetic to arguments that grave-dancing is unseemly and that we lefties should leave ghoulish glee over the untimely demise of idiots to our more bloodthirsty brethren on the right. On the other hand, it’s hard not to at least perceive karmic justice when a loud-mouthed gun-humper takes a slug in the noggin after handing an Uzi to a nine-year-old girl.
But on the subject of the better angels of our nature and our ability to look past political differences to embrace our common humanity, Zack Beauchamp at Vox is a better person than I am. Writing about Douglas McCain (Twitter handle: Duale Khalid), an American who went to Syria to join ISIS and then got himself killed in a skirmish this week, Beauchamp says:
Regardless of how you think about these problems [the radicalization of Americans], reading the tweets reminds you that this is a real person we’re talking. McCain made terrible choices, and died fighting for an evil cause. But it’s hard not to be haunted by this:
Ya Allah when it's my time to go have mercy on my soul have mercy on my bros
— Duale Khalid (@iamthetooth) May 15, 2014
Yeah, no. The only thing that haunts me is the prospect that some of the American idiots who traveled to the Middle East to fight for those evil ISIS motherfuckers will eventually return unencased in a body bag. Rather than heavenly mercy, I hope McCain’s “bros” get drone suppositories. Does that make me a bad person?