I don't like Chris Matthews. He is a loud-mouth conversational bully whose idea of an interview is to ask a question and then answer it without allowing the person he is talking to to speak. But he is not stupid, and on occasion he says something insightful. Yesterday evening we were listening to his seven p.m. show, which, like everything else on television, was about the horrible events in San Bernardino. He was puzzled, understandably so, by the behavior of this young couple with a six month old baby girl who dropped their daughter off at grandma's house and then went on, loaded with assault rifles, machine pistols, and pipe bombs, to murder as many people as they could.
Matthews mused, incredulous, that the first six months with a young baby you spend all of your time feeding her, changing diapers, holding her, soothing her, playing with her, getting up in the middle of the night when she cries. How on earth could they just drop her at grandma's and go off to kill.
They wore masks. Did they actually think they would unload their magazines, set their pipe bombs, drive away, pick up their daughter, and resume their lives?
I don't need to discuss the deeper meaning of all of this. The human race has had a love affair with death for as far back as the written or archaeological records reach. But I simply cannot think my way into the minds of these young parents.
Needless to say, it has nothing in particular to do with Islam.