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How About "People Shit on By the U.S."?

If I hear the word "Islamic" linked to the words "terrorist," "fascist" or "fundamentalist" one more time, I'm going to scream.

On the way into work this morning, I was listening to NPR. I was horrified at the way even this "left-wing" news organization parroted the party line of "this is an al Qaeda attack perpetrated against the U.S."

The spokesman for the London Metropolitan Police, when asked whether the police thought that the attacks were carried out by "Islamic terrorists," said immediately that what he knew of Islam absolutely did not include terrorism or killing of civilians, and that if whoever carried out the attack believed himself to be a good Muslim, he was mistaken. The British were very careful to say that they didn't know whether the bombs had been parcels left on the trains or in backpacks strapped to people. They said that they had seen a website from a jihad group claiming responsibility, but they didn't lend it much credibility.

It was the U.S. journalists who were saying over and over "but the entire London underground always shuts down the minute any suspicious package is seen on a train, so it had to be suicide bombers, which is al Qaeda's method, so it has to be al Qaeda, and they only struck London because England is an ally of the U.S. and they know George Bush is in the country."

I'm waiting for the part where the U.S. links this to the ongoing battle of the Iraqi defense forces (you know, the "insurgents").

I'm willing to believe that the bombing was carried out in an attempt to disrupt the G8 summit. That's logical and fits with the facts. But, given the sheer number of countries the U.S. has used and thrown away in this world, I think that we do ourselves a disservice by narrowing our focus to one group.

Let's widen our focus enough to include everyone, including ourselves.


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Jul. 7th, 2005 04:47 pm (UTC)
Jul. 7th, 2005 05:03 pm (UTC)
Are you growling at me or them?
Jul. 7th, 2005 05:38 pm (UTC)
sorry, definitely them...
Jul. 8th, 2005 01:39 am (UTC)
Well said. It's everything I feel articulated in a way I couldn't have.
Jul. 11th, 2005 02:04 am (UTC)
Well, I disagree with some of your assertions, for example the fact that "defense forces" and "insurgents" are the same thing, when the target of so many of the attacks going on in Iraq right now seems to be other Iraqis.

Regardless, i did think it was odd in several NPR interviews I heard, when the interviewers spontaneously led the cops /terrorism analysts / government types into a this-was-al-queda- of-course-wasn't-it? line of conversation, after being told repeatedly that there really wasn't any information yet.

Also there's this interesting thing via boingboing this morning,
that you might enjoy, pointing in yet another direction:


it took me a second to see what they were getting at, given the fact that one of the people doing the excercise said he was freaked out:


but by the end of the article I as just hoping it isn't true. It's an ugly world we live in where people can have theories like this and not reject them out of hand. Yuck indeed.
Jul. 11th, 2005 02:05 am (UTC)
I forgot to mention that the object above certainly looks like a peep to me. Scary little things. . .
Jul. 11th, 2005 06:39 pm (UTC)
Re: whoops!
But fun to put in the microwave and have Peep Wars...

And by the way, thanks for the well-reasoned disagreement. I love it when people comment in a way that's cogent and relevant. I have a lot of respect for people who can disagree without being uncivil. Thanks!
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