Re: The terrorism meme

From: Douglas P. Wilson (
Date: Fri 15 Nov 2002 - 20:27:29 GMT

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    Quoting just a few short words from Grant Callaghan,
    (and not the ones he'd probably expect):

    > ... I don't think they have any specific goal ...

    > ... the people I'm talking about are the Al Quaeda
    > and their associates.

    Thanks for the clarification, Grant, but could we perhaps be more specific? Does anyone have a list of these people? Other than their notorious leader, who else is there? What are their national origins, genealogies, and so on? How much education do they have, and what kind?

    > I can't believe that they think bombing a disco [in]
    > Bali is going to drive America out of Saudi Arabia ...

    Oh, for democracy, and the secret ballot! I wish we could question these people by such means, and find out what they really think, as individuals. We are all too familiar with films of Stalinist public unanimity, but what do these people actually think, I wonder. Are they all religious fanatics, or mindless patriots?

    How many of these individuals have actually been to the US, and if so, did they hate it as much when they were there? Nationalistic prejudice against the US is not uncommon -- it thrives in Northern Alberta, for example, probably the most American of Canadian provinces, and parts of Toronto. But inhabitants of those areas are frequent visitors to the warmer cities of Florida and California, and secretly love it there.

    Though I have spent almost all of my life thousands of miles to the west, I have spent quite a bit of time in Washington DC, and a nice satellite photograph of it hangs on my wall to remind me of those days. The people I met there were nice ordinary human beings, and I hope none of the friends who signed the margins of that picture as a parting gift to me lives too close to any of the more obvious targets visible there.

    Note to terrorists: please show the kind of restraint that the US Secretary of War had (in the days when that country needed such a post), and spare the Mall, as he did Kyoto. Almost every building on it is part of the Smithsonian Institution, which (among other things) houses many Mesopotamian artifacts of great importance to YOUR culture -- which is the same as ours, of course.

    Note to American decision makers: if you must antagonise a large percentage of the world's population, please move the contents of the Smithsonian and the Library of Congress to a safe underground location -- the site you have chosen for disposal of nuclear waste is the only one that I deem safe enough.
    (Kindly remove any nuclear waste first). I will remain completely unmoved by protestations that your country is entirely in the right, (so to speak). Being in a marked crosswalk with the lights in your favour may make ensure your innocence, but will not make you any less dead if neither you nor the driver of the car that hits you bothers to look around before making your move.

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