Thursday, November 30, 2006

If the world forces you to be a jerk, are you still a jerk?

Civil libertarians get peeved at all kinds of things. The list includes prayer in schools, rich people, corporations, Republicans, Christians, policemen and statistics. 'Statistics?', you ask. That's right, statistics.


Well, statistics are quantitative in nature and generally reflect the truth and, as such, really undermine the politically correct crowd. That is, reality hurts. If you're a civil libertarian, that is.

Take our friends the 'peaceful' Muslim imams (priests) that were removed from an airplane in Minneapolis earlier this month. There were six of them, chanting and praying in Arabic before, during and after they boarded the plane. Apparently, they chanted 'Allah, Allah, Allah' while walking down the jetway onto the aircraft. You'd better believe that the civil libertarians were absolutely torqued off that these men were asked to exit the plane and wait while their credentials were checked. The PC pundits couldn't believe that the other passengers were such ignorant jerks to make an issue of their presence -- one should show them tolerance, for crying out loud!

But, if I read the statistics correctly, only Muslim fanatics are ramming aircraft into buildings, attempting to blow them up with shoe bombs, liquid incendiary bombs and goodness knows what else. We find out about these plots on a regular basis -- one every two or three months. So, the statistics say that we should fear destructive behavior from Muslims. Especially those that are agitated. One could say that these particular Muslims are acting like jerks. Putting it mildly.

So, if the passengers on the airplane were decried as unenlightened jerks for reacting to the threat of the bona-fide jerks in the killing-for-Allah business, are they really jerks? Or are they mearly cautious, reasonable people?

I think that they are being reasonable. Surely, that's the most rational response.

I could stop right there and I would have made my point. Case closed. However, there's one loose end that I still can't get out of my head. The six imams in question were actually angry with the policemen that detained them. That's right -- the Muslim clergymen chose to blame the American law enforcement rather than blaming the other Muslims that blow up airplanes in the name of Allah. Unbelieveable. The imams and the PC nutjobs blame the policy rather than the catastrophes and threats that put the policy in place.

Let's show the world that we can reason. Blame the terrorists, not the innocents.

I hope and pray that someday we'll be able to forgive the Arabs for killing our children, but I'll never be able to forgive the Arabs for making us kill their children. -- Golda Meir, 1967


Anonymous escalator guru said...

Prior to 9/11, the worst terrorist attack on American soil was perpetrated by an American citizen.

I agree that the passengers on the plane had cause for concern, but if they were Christians saying "God, God, God" while they got on a plane wouldn't everyone just turn a blind eye?

10:13 AM  
Blogger EggsnGrits said...


You are right. However, there is no evidence of a threat of Christians blowing up an airplane.

And, the point of the entry is that the people aren't to blame -- the murderous terrorists that started this whole mess are to blame when things like this happen.

Everyone seems to forget that for some reason.

3:54 PM  

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