Morning Report: February 15, 2008

Crimes of love and hate.

Gunmen attack Gaza YMCA. Debka: 'In the latest attack on Christians in Gaza, 14 masked men tied up the security guards of the YMCA in Gaza City before dawn Friday, Feb. 15, blew up the library burning thousands of books, stole a computer and placed another bomb which did not explode. The Gaza center contains a school, a sports club and hall for weddings. The Gaza Strip has a tiny Christian community of 3,500 mostly Greek Orthodox members. Al Qaeda in Palestine vandals are suspected of this and previous attacks on Christian targets.'

Shooting at Northern Illinois University leaves 7 dead. Gateway Pundit: '6 students were shot dead- 21 more were injured. The gunman has been named unofficially as Steve Kazmierczak, 27. The shooting may have been related to a failed relationship-- with the rampage planned for Valentine's Day.'

Oxnard shooting leaves 14-year-old brain dead; gender bias suspected. LA Times: 'Ventura County prosecutors charged a 14-year-old boy with the shooting death of a classmate Thursday and said the killing in an Oxnard classroom was a premeditated hate crime. Senior Deputy Dist. Atty. Maeve Fox declined to discuss a motive in the shooting or why prosecutors added the special allegation of a hate crime against Brandon McInerney, who was charged as an adult. But classmates of the slain boy, Lawrence King, said he recently had started to wear makeup and jewelry and had proclaimed himself gay. Several students said King and a group of boys, including the defendant, had a verbal confrontation concerning King's sexual orientation a day before the killing.' Full article at the link. SFGate: 'Prosecutors filed a charge of murder with hate-crime and firearm-use enhancements Thursday against a 14-year-old boy who will be tried as an adult in the school shooting of a classmate who has been declared brain dead but remains on a ventilator.'

Briefly noted. Judith Apter Klinghoffer on cartoon riots. American Islamic Congress slams Afghan journalist's death sentence. Via AIC, Project Nur to hold vigil at Afghan Embassy for Sayed Parwez Kaambaskh. CPD: Senator Lieberman on Iran. Phyllis Chesler reviews Edith Kurzweil bio 'Brave Partisan'. Barry Rubin: Peace must be made as well as desired.

Commentary. It's astonishing and sobering to consider all the various reasons people can dream up for doing harm to others who've done nothing to hurt them. It would be impossible to list all the different crimes of violence that have been committed since yesterday, just as it is impossible to do justice to all the words and acts of kindness and wisdom that have gone unnoticed in that time. Today's report represents an arbitrary sampling of both. Make of it what you will.