Monday, May 03, 2010

Times Square Bombing: 100% Homegrown American?

An attempt at a car bombing was made Saturday night, in Times Square. Quickly, there have already been claims whispered of the Taliban sneaking about in our midst by the New York Times:

"No motive had been determined in the attempted bombing, and federal and local officials said there was no evidence to support a claim of responsibility issued Sunday by a Pakistani Taliban group that has a reputation for making far-fetched attempts to take credit for attacks."

A few paragraphs later, again a hint of outside terrorists:

"Investigators were reviewing similarities between the incident in Times Square and coordinated attacks in the summer of 2007 at a Glasgow airport and a London neighborhood of nightclubs and theaters. Both attacks involved cars containing propane and gasoline that did not explode. Those attacks, the authorities believed, had their roots in Iraq."

Um, call me crazy, but didn't Tim McVeigh use a car bomb in Oklahoma City? Wasn't that domestic terrorism? Crazy right wing nut cases who wanted to take over the government?

Homegrown? Nothing to do with Iraq or Iran or Pakistan?

Am I the only one who is making this very direct connection? Why does it feel like the media is pumping up a frenzy of hate against Middle Easterners?

The Teabaggers carry guns to their demonstrations. Guns. I have to say, I've been to many a demonstration in my time but never saw anyone- aside from the police- with a gun. The rhetoric has become increasingly more and more violent- people openly calling for the death of the President on facebook, for instance.

I'd bet having to take my pants off through airport security (god knows we are headed there anyway), that this is a 100% American effort.

We need to start looking at ourselves, at our media, and at the messages rained on us a little more closely. Who buys all those guns in this country? You know, the semi-automatics, machine guns- the stuff that no one in the world hunts deer or quail with.

There are a lot of angry, white people out there. white. Not Black, not Latino, but White. People who are feeling their power erode away.

I sincerely hope the police, FBI and Homeland security are a lot smarter than the media. I also hope it was one, warped lunatic who failed.

But something tells me, it's not.


Blogger Ulla said...

I really don't know where you are going with this? The man just returned from a five month stay in Pakistan, his country of origin. And this was close to the Viacom offices.
Are you somehow okay with radical muslims trying to shut us all up, while are very vocally opposed to anyone trying to shut you up personally.
Get real about islam, please. They have at least three reasons to stone you, were they to realize their intentions: You are an atheist, you have kids out of wedlock and you are a lesbian.
Why don't you read, for instance, fellow american Wafa Sultans book: A God who hates. You can't accuse her of being a white racist.
Please educate yourself, just a little.

6:41 AM  
Blogger Ulla said...

I'm sorry, but I can't stress this enough.
Do you think your gender-bender son will be able to walk down the stress unmolested, if there was a significant muslim presence in the US of A? Here in Denmark and particularly in Sweden we have a huge increase in hate crimes against LGBT people and jews with kippas, and they are overwhelmingly committed by muslim youth. A huge increase in rapes, too, in Sweden, particularly gang rapes.
You may not like right wing christians, nor do I, and like you I am horrified by their hatred of president Obama, but they are sweet little pussies, and for the most part accepting of democracy, unlike the majority of faithful muslims.

6:52 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

first of all, I don't think anyone would call the right wing separatists in america sweet little pussies. they are violent, angry and dangerous.

not to mention heavily armed.

also, not every muslim is an extremist. most are not. just like most christians are not evangelical.

my point was that the immediate knee jerk reaction was this was a muslim.

It seems that indeed was the case.

I was wrong.

but targeting people because of their skin color? is wrong too.

10:58 AM  
Blogger Ulla said...

Islam is not a skin color. It is a set of ideas you choose to hold sacred. Some of the very worst muslims in my experience are converts.
I have nothing against anyone based on skin color. Get that idea out of your head as fast as possible. I adore Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
If the evangelicals are as bad as you say, then you recognize that religion is potentially very, very dangerous.
I feel like Cassandra pleading: Educate yourself. It has nothing to do with skincolor. The first victims of islam are muslim girls and women and gays and artists and thinkers.

11:13 AM  
Blogger Rev. Bob said...

The fail-bomber was Pakistani. There never was a good time to be brown in America, but it's going to be even harder for a while till the profit pigs finish whipping the suckers in their base into a sufficient frenzy.

12:46 PM  
Blogger Ulla said...

It's not about skin color, Rev. Bob. It's about choosing a totalitarian ideologi og trying to get the rest of us to live by it using violence. It's probably not going to happen, but should we just let ourselves be killed while singing kumbaya?
Jon Stewart gets it. He's not some wingnut, I assume?

2:25 PM  
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4:21 PM  

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