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Some times evil can't be stopped

Sunday, April 22, 2007

In the wake of tragedies such as the one that struck the Virginia Tech campus this week, you learn a great deal about human nature. Unfortunately, much of what we learn says volumes about our eroding society and the "victim" mentality that we have allowed to cloud our common sense.

Like many of you perhaps, I have found fascination in the background of Cho Seung-Hui, the young shooter who killed 32 on the Virginia Tech campus. What we all need to understand is that Cho was unquestionably mentally ill and society has little means to extract the demons that inhabit the souls of countless among us. Anyone with these severe mental defects is capable of evil and society can do little to stop whatever twisted course a life may take.

But let's be honest - society, government, the school, etc. don't hold the exclusive franchise on blame. At the end, it was Cho who was to blame. His grandparents now say the Korean immigrant had mental problems since birth. He was a ticking bomb with a short fuse. He was clearly destined to destruction. And this week, he lived up to his destiny.

I was repulsed when a counseling official at the school said the blame was on the lack of mental health funding. I was equally repulsed when that ever-

popular Socialist Barbara Boxer of California equated the violent murders with the "global warming challenge" facing America. And some Democratic idiots say the fault for the murders is on the shoulders of President Bush.

Too many left-wingers want to portray Cho as a victim. They say he struck out in anger because he was victimized by bullies in school, he was victimized because many on his campus were from rich households. They hope to make Cho a poster child for a class struggle in this nation that pits the haves against the have nots.

Why can we not accept the fact that Cho was a highly disturbed individual and leave it at that? One top Democrat in Washington said we need a stronger "safety net" for individuals with mental health issues. Yet Cho had used that safety net to gain counseling. The result was the counseling clearly showed he had mental issues and was a menace to himself and others. And still he remained on campus because we are so afraid to be politically incorrect that we permit defects to continue unabated and hope that nothing happens.

As a nation, there is no need for self-examination following this tragedy. Cho was not a victim. He was a crazy lunatic bent on self-destruction. Unfortunately, he wanted to walk that path with others. And that is exactly what he did.

One mental expert finally said what makes sense. This psychiatrist said that bullying or teasing was not to blame for the violent outburst. Cho had a biological psychiatric disorder. Nothing more, nothing less.

When tragedies such as this strike our nation, big government advocates always put the blame on a lack of government programs. But they are wrong. No amount of programs or funding or counseling can stop evil. You'd think we'd have learned that lesson by now.

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