A San Diego State University professor said he has received death threats and racist e-mails since he took to Facebook to call Sen. John McCain a war criminal and questioned why there had been an outpouring of sympathy for him following his cancer diagnosis.
Graubart said he received about 200 e-mails and 17 voicemails condemning his post, with about half of the callers threatening violence. One mentioned his home address.
In his post, Graubart wrote, ““I find myself annoyed at the groundswell of good wishes for John McCain after his diagnosis of glioblastoma and have been thinking through why.”
He also wrote, “McCain is a war criminal and, more to the point. someone who as a politician has championed horrifying actions and been lousy on state commitment to public health. So dying or not, he’s a risible public figure (I have no idea what he is like on the personal level and don’t care).”
Graubart later said he called McCain a war criminal because of his participation in bombing raids in areas with civilian populations as part of Operation Rolling Thunder during the Vietnam War.
Elaborating in an e-mail, Graubart wrote that the the civilian costs far exceeded the military gain of the missions, which he said were highly controversial and have raised allegations of war crimes from some experts in the field.
The post also stated: “But ultimately what troubles me is the urge to send such well wishes to an utter stranger as it reinforces the notion that some lives are more important than others. There are lots of people with glioblastoma and who have died from it (including my mother twenty years ago).”
Johns McCain is most definitely a white elitist, and pretty much a sore loser. But war criminal is probably a stretch.
Source: San Diego Union-Tribune