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Three Cheers for James Fallows

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This is one of the most refreshing stories about the so called war on on terrorism I have ever heard. Listen to it and consider.
Fallows has an article in the September issue of the Atlantic Monthly, titled Declaring Victory, in which he argues that the United States should stop overreacting to and being provoked by terrorist acts. I haven’t read the article (it’s still August, right?) but I hope he also discusses alleged terrorist conspiracies.

All that hair gel and baby formula recently confiscated at our airports was a nourishing meal for success starved Al Qaeda and its relatives. By overreacting every time some little group goes “booga booga” and talks about blowing stuff up, we give the Bin Ladens and would be Bin Ladens of the world exactly what they want and need. Public morale is undermined along with the economy. Why do they need to bomb anything if we are so ready to damage ourselves?
And then consider this (btw, to fnd this story I googled “drunk muslim winnipeg”):

A Winnipeg doctor is demanding an official apology and compensation from United Airlines after being kicked off a flight in the U.S. this week, an incident he has characterized as “institutionalized discrimination.” Dr. Ahmed Farooq, a Muslim, was escorted off an airplane in Denver on Tuesday. According to Farooq, reciting his evening prayers was interpreted by one passenger as an activity that was suspicious.

Farooq said the allegation came from a passenger who appeared drunk and had previously threatened him during the trip.

Many others have commented effectively, including No More Mister Nice Blog. Further comment from me is not required. I will note simply that this episode helps the enemy way more than it helps us (and we know who we are, don’t we?)

Written by slothropia

August 20th, 2006 at 6:43 pm

Posted in CBC,Winnipeg