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Originally published August 6, 2012 at 4:05 PM | Page modified August 6, 2012 at 7:59 PM

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Editorial: Wisconsin's mindless explosion of hatred

Washington mourns with its Sikh neighbors after the appalling violence in a Wisconsin temple.

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THE murderous assault on a community of Sikh worshippers in Wisconsin is all the more horrifying for the combination of evil and ignorance it reveals.

The shooter in Oak Creek, Wis., took six lives and wounded three others in a mindless display of firepower fueled by a motive he surely cannot articulate.

At whom did he imagine he was shooting, and why? What threat did this community of faith represent?

Even those who might otherwise bear the excrementitious title "white supremacist" with perverse pride have to wonder what this gunman was doing in their contemptuous name.

Sikhs live a close-knit life bound by their religious values and links to family and faith in the Punjab region of India, a focal point of tensions between India and Pakistan. They are a minority at home and abroad, with a tenacious commitment to their beliefs.

For all of the ignorant, delusional trash in the shooter's mind, what did he think he was doing or accomplishing? The horror compounded by rank stupidity is dizzying.

All the more grotesque to imagine is the high-fives and beer toasts among his pathetic colleagues after the attack.

Hardworking, entrepreneurial Sikhs live throughout Puget Sound and in Spokane and Bellingham. Their shock and sorrow is shared by their neighbors across Washington.

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