Mind Meld: The Hand-Washing Hypocrisy of Media-Hyped Murderers

Jon Schwarz shows us how cankered minds think alike. (I'm basically hijacking his entire post here, but it's too good to pass up. I'm sure he won't mind, especially if I point you to this, and urge you to pick up a copy today.)

From A Tiny Revolution:
A Spree Killer's Long, Rambling Manifesto

Cho Seung-Hui, in the video mailed to NBC:

    "You had a hundred billion chances and ways to have avoided today...You forced me into a corner and gave me only one option. The decision was yours. Now you have blood on your hands that will never wash off.''

George Bush, three days before the invasion of Iraq:

    "Tomorrow is the day that we will determine whether or not diplomacy can work...You see, the decision is [Saddam's] to make. And it's been his to make all along as to whether or not there's the use of the military. He got to decide...these are his decisions to make."

But for goodness' sake, please don't mistake our point here. We at EB -- and I'm sure I speak for ATR on this as well -- are in no way implying some sort of equivalence between Cho Seung-Hui and George W. Bush. That would be wrong. After all, the brutal and senseless action of Cho Seung-Hui resulted in the needless death of 32 innocent people; the brutal and senseless action of George W. Bush has resulted in the needless death of at least 650,000 innocent people. Surely all fair-minded observers can see there is no equivalence between these two eruptions of evil.

Except, of course, for the "evil" part.