The threat of the so-called "crotch bomber" has led once again to some of America’s worst impulses. Instead of pulling together after these trying events, people are calling for a certain group of people to be singled out and excluded. That group, of course, is our latest scapegoat: terrorists.(via Instapundit)
People fear terrorists, so they don’t try to understand them and therefore remain ignorant of their ways -- or maybe people are ignorant of terrorists and thus fear them. What is certain is that the combination of fear and ignorance in regards to terrorists leads to hate. Unless the hate leads to the fear and the ignorance -- or it occurs somewhere between the two. Anyway, whenever terrorists are brought up in this country, there is some sort of mixture of fear, ignorance, and hate, and it is eroding America’s soul.
Just listen to the rhetoric we often hear about terrorists:
"We should lock up terrorists."
"Terrorists shouldn’t be in this country."
"I hope the government is keeping a close watch on terrorists."
"We should hunt down and kill terrorists."
"I hope this restaurant doesn’t serve terrorists."
"Terrorists shouldn’t be allowed to vote."
"I don’t want my daughter marrying a terrorist."
Does any of that sound familiar? Of course it does. Those are the same hateful things that used to be said about many other minority groups. It’s almost like we’re regressing. Any day now, there’ll probably be a proposal for America to have separate drinking fountains for terrorists.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Chortle of the Day
From Pajamas Media's Frank Fleming: