"When they allow a talk show host to play them like a two-dollar banjo, they demonstrate what kind of backbone they'll bring to the job later on, if we elect them. After they get elected will they continue to allow Jeff Crank to put a nickel in them and wind them up every Saturday morning?"

Barry Noreen, former columnist, Colorado Springs Gazette

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

WHITE GUYS DON’T CRY--MUCH


By

ROBERT HARKINS

I must confess my ignorance: I am a Boomer white guy and had no idea that I, my CPA, dentist and doctor and all other white guys more or less, are cold-blooded terrorists. Big Sis Napolitano is calling on Americans to snitch on their neighbors, an idea whose roots grow from the political soil of NAZI Germany and the former Soviet Socialist Republic. Homeland Security’s new video See something, Say Something has sewn from whole cloth a new, politically correct and barely recognizable reality—a fantasy in fact—much like I.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, only without hope or heroes. It is, however, full to the brim with ‘white” terrorists, all of whom, I am ashamed to admit look pretty much like the guys I hung out with when I was… well… young.

Having watched See Something, Say Something, I am moved to say something. Big Sis Napolitano adds a new dimension to Nevelle Chamberlin’s cowardice in his confrontation of Adolf Hitler, his betrayal of Czechoslovakia and thereby his instigation of the Second World War. At least Chamberlain acknowledged the existence of a dangerous enemy; he just wanted to buy it off. Big Sis, however, alleges a new, fresh and invigorating truth: The terrorism oppressing America has absolutely nothing whatever to do with Islam, terrorist African nations, African Americans or Muslims. That’s because Islam is a religion of peace. The terrorism, of course, is caused by all us white guys.

That said, however, it hard not to believe that the Yemen Muslim Yumar Farouk Abdulmutallab, also known as the Underwear Bomber, tried to murder innocent American citizens flying home to America, all in the name of Islam the religion of peace. Apparently, however, according to Sis Napolitano, Yumar Farouk Abdulmutallab is not a Muslim terrorist. Neither did I see African-American actors portraying such terrorists as those African-Americans who, having converted to Islam, murdered American soldiers.

African American Carlos Bledsoe embraced Islam, murdered one soldier and maimed another in the name of Allah, Lord of Mercy. Furthermore, Carlos’ new adopted name, Abdulhakim Muhammad, sounds suspiciously Muslim to me. I mean he could be a Muslim terrorist, could he not? But then who am I to say? I’m just a white guy.

I must also balance this satire and write of tragedy. In a terse and moving script written above a photograph of Carlos Bledsoe, age 24, dressed in his college graduation gown, his eyes radiating hope, his grief-stricken father Melvin Bledsoe tells of his son’s horrific history.

"My son was programmed and trained to kill by radical Islam." Jihadists "stole my son. They raped his mind. They changed his thoughts, they changed his behavior…and they manipulated him. He is no longer Carlos; he is Abdulhakim. I ask God to give me my son back."[1]

Muhammad drove from Memphis to what he believed was the Nashville home of an Orthodox rabbi. He threw a Molotov cocktail at the house but it failed to ignite. Muhammad then drove to an Army recruiting center in Florence, Ky. to carry out an attack, but found it closed. Frustrated, Muhammad went back to Little Rock on June 1, 2009. He saw two men in Army fatigues standing outside a recruiting station smoking. He opened fire, killing Pvt. William Long and wounding Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula.

As the Big Sis video unfolded I watched a young man, White and doubtless Christian engaging in the most shady and suspicious activities. While he could have served as a double for an old college friend of mine, he was surreptitiously stashing a bulky suspicious looking knap sack at the entrance to a bus station. When challenged by an upright citizen the white guy left the knap sack in place and ran furtively way. Another white guy a bit older was the spitting image of my accountant—when he was young. This white guy was carrying a suitcase; and there was again a furtive look upon his face. I concluded immediately that he was carrying either a gift of bibles for a Christian Church, perhaps alms for an orphanage, or who knows, maybe a conservative manuscript for publication by the Heritage Society—if none of the above then I suppose a small nuclear weapon. After all, he’s a white guy. You really have to hate them.

And so I wondered: does a CPA degree really incline one to acts of terrorism? Is my CPA a terrorist in disguise. After a hard day at the office filing tax returns for white guys does he just limp out of the office and look for a few marines to assault. Well, I can tell you that when next I prepare my taxes, I intend to watch my accountant very closely. True, he is divorced, and shall I say out of charity middle aged, has a lovely daughter in college, likes to read books on American history, and serves his community in many wonderful ways. But then you just never know about CPAs. We must not be timid or beguiled by their specialized intelligence or dazzelled by their willingness to serve their community. Just because CPAs are good, decent and upright citizens does not mean they are not terrorists.

No, we must harden our hearts. As patriots we must recognize our patriotic duty precisely as Big Sis instructed us. We must—at every opportunity— see something and say something. We must snitch on our neighbors— and as I think about it-- our neighbors should say something and snitch on us. This last must be right as it has the ring of equality in it. In any event, only when patriotic Americans are saying something and snitching on their neighbor—and snitching back at ya— will Americans be blessed with the security, peace and harmony they so richly deserve. Parenthetically, if my CPA makes one false move I will throw a Molotov cocktail at him and report his charred white remains to Homeland Security Uber Alles.

One thing is really strange however. I watched the entire video and did not see one single Muslim. I mean not one! And I wondered: Could it be that the 911 conspiracies are true: that George Bush masterminded the tragedy of 911; and could it be that the 19 young Muslim Jihadists who allegedly flew from Saudi Arabia to America, took classes in how to crash planes, then flew jumbo jets into the earth, the Pentagon and the Twin Towers—could it actually be that they were not Muslims at all and in fact never flew from Saudi Arabia to America?

Now follow me on this! I’m almost there. Could it actually be that the real murderers were in fact aging and retired White Baby Boomers perhaps protesting threatened cuts in Medicare and Social Security. Well, stranger conspiracies than this have happened, I can tell ya.. Did you know that Oswald, you know the Oswald killed Kennedy, the killer everybody says was a communist; well, did you know that he was a member of the John Burch Society? Well, he was; Big Sis herself told me so.

The Big Sis video was created by the government who we all know “is here to help us” and therefore always tells the truth. It follows that we white guys must be the villains. How could it be otherwise? Indeed, were I to accuse the government of bad faith in the creation of the Big Sis Video, I would be duty-bound to write that the video is an outrageous concoction of half-truths, falsehoods and silly, propagandist trash.

I am so glad that I have been able to get this off my chest. Thanks for reading. You know, truth is that now, when I breathe in and think of Big Sis I smell a terrible stink—and am immediately haunted by the ghost of Marcellus who moans to me his most famous line in Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

There is something rotten in the state of Denmark.[2]

Following is a partial list of terrorist outrages perpetrated by Muslim terrorists. I really do wonder how Big Sis could have missed them.

1979[3]

Nov. 4, Tehran, Iran: Iranian radical students seized the U.S. embassy, taking 66 hostages. 14 were later released. The remaining 52 were freed after 444 days on the day of President Reagan's inauguration.

1982–1991

Lebanon: Thirty US and other Western hostages kidnapped in Lebanon by Hezbollah. Some were killed, some died in captivity, and some were eventually released. Terry Anderson was held for 2,454 days.

1983

April 18, Beirut, Lebanon: U.S. embassy destroyed in suicide car-bomb attack; 63 dead, including 17 Americans. The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility.

Oct. 23, Beirut, Lebanon: Shiite suicide bombers exploded truck near U.S. military barracks at Beirut airport, killing 241 marines. Minutes later a second bomb killed 58 French paratroopers in their barracks in West Beirut.

Dec. 12, Kuwait City, Kuwait: Shiite truck bombers attacked the U.S. embassy and other targets, killing 5 and injuring 80.

1984

Sept. 20, east Beirut, Lebanon: truck bomb exploded outside the U.S. embassy annex, killing 24, including 2 U.S. military.

Dec. 3, Beirut, Lebanon: Kuwait Airways Flight 221, from Kuwait to Pakistan, hijacked and diverted to Tehran. 2 Americans killed.

1985

April 12, Madrid, Spain: Bombing at restaurant frequented by U.S. soldiers, killed 18 Spaniards and injured 82.

June 14, Beirut, Lebanon: TWA Flight 847 en route from Athens to Rome hijacked to Beirut by Hezbollah terrorists and held for 17 days. A U.S. Navy diver executed.

Oct. 7, Mediterranean Sea: gunmen attack Italian cruise ship, Achille Lauro. One U.S. tourist killed. Hijacking linked to Libya.

Dec. 18, Rome, Italy, and Vienna, Austria: airports in Rome and Vienna were bombed, killing 20 people, 5 of whom were Americans. Bombing linked to Libya.

1986

April 2, Athens, Greece:A bomb exploded aboard TWA flight 840 en route from Rome to Athens, killing 4 Americans and injuring 9.

April 5, West Berlin, Germany: Libyans bombed a disco frequented by U.S. servicemen, killing 2 and injuring hundreds.

1988

Dec. 21, Lockerbie, Scotland: N.Y.-bound Pan-Am Boeing 747 exploded in flight from a terrorist bomb and crashed into Scottish village, killing all 259 aboard and 11 on the ground. Passengers included 35 Syracuse University students and many U.S. military personnel. Libya formally admitted responsibility 15 years later (Aug. 2003) and offered $2.7 billion compensation to victims' families.

1993

Feb. 26, New York City: bomb exploded in basement garage of World Trade Center, killing 6 and injuring at least 1,040 others. In 1995, militant Islamist Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman and 9 others were convicted of conspiracy charges, and in 1998, Ramzi Yousef, believed to have been the mastermind, was convicted of the bombing. Al-Qaeda involvement is suspected.

1995

April 19, Oklahoma City: car bomb exploded outside federal office building, collapsing wall and floors. 168 people were killed, including 19 children and 1 person who died in rescue effort. Over 220 buildings sustained damage. Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols later convicted in the antigovernment plot to avenge the Branch Davidian standoff in Waco, Tex., exactly 2 years earlier. (See Miscellaneous Disasters.)

Nov. 13, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: car bomb exploded at U.S. military headquarters, killing 5 U.S. military servicemen.

1996

June 25, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia: truck bomb exploded outside Khobar Towers military complex, killing 19 American servicemen and injuring hundreds of others. 13 Saudis and a Lebanese, all alleged members of Islamic militant group Hezbollah, were indicted on charges relating to the attack in June 2001.

1998

Aug. 7, Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania: truck bombs exploded almost simultaneously near 2 U.S. embassies, killing 224 (213 in Kenya and 11 in Tanzania) and injuring about 4,500. 4 men connected with al-Qaeda 2 of whom had received training at al-Qaeda camps inside Afghanistan, were convicted of the killings in May 2001 and later sentenced to life in prison. A federal grand jury had indicted 22 men in connection with the attacks, including Saudi dissident Osama bin Laden, who remained at large.

2000

Oct. 12, Aden, Yemen: U.S. Navy destroyer USS Cole heavily damaged when a small boat loaded with explosives blew up alongside it. 17 sailors killed. Linked to Osama bin Laden, or members of al-Qaeda terrorist network.

2001

Sept. 11, New York City, Arlington, Va., and Shanksville, Pa.: hijackers crashed 2 commercial jets into twin towers of World Trade Center; 2 more hijacked jets were crashed into the Pentagon and a field in rural Pa. Total dead and missing numbered 2,9921: 2,749 in New York City, 184 at the Pentagon, 40 in Pa., and 19 hijackers. Islamic al-Qaeda terrorist group blamed. (See September 11, 2001: Timeline of Terrorism.)

2002

June 14, Karachi, Pakistan: bomb explodes outside American consulate in Karachi, Pakistan, killing 12. Linked to al-Qaeda.

2003 1

May 12, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: suicide bombers kill 34, including 8 Americans, at housing compounds for Westerners. Al-Qaeda suspected.

2004

May 29–31, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: terrorists attack the offices of a Saudi oil company in Khobar, Saudi Arabia, take foreign oil workers hostage in a nearby residential compound, leaving 22 people dead including one American.

June 11–19, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: terrorists kidnap and execute Paul Johnson Jr., an American, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. 2 other Americans and BBC cameraman killed by gun attacks.

Dec. 6, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia: terrorists storm the U.S. consulate, killing 5 consulate employees. 4 terrorists were killed by Saudi security.

2005

Nov. 9, Amman, Jordan: suicide bombers hit 3 American hotels, Radisson, Grand Hyatt, and Days Inn, in Amman, Jordan, killing 57. Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility.

2006

Sept. 13, Damascus, Syria: an attack by four gunman on the American embassy is foiled.

2007

Jan. 12, Athens, Greece: the U.S. embassy is fired on by an anti-tank missile causing damage but no injuries.

Dec. 11, Algeria: more than 60 people are killed, including 11 United Nations staff members, when Al Qaeda terrorists detonate two car bombs near Algeria's Constitutional Council and the United Nations offices.

2008

May 26, Iraq: a suicide bomber on a motorcycle kills six U.S. soldiers and wounds 18 others in Tarmiya.

June 24, Iraq: a suicide bomber kills at least 20 people, including three U.S. Marines, at a meeting between sheiks and Americans in Karmah, a town west of Baghdad.

June 12, Afghanistan: four American servicemen are killed when a roadside bomb explodes near a U.S. military vehicle in Farah Province.

July 13, Afghanistan: nine U.S.soldiers and at least 15 NATO troops die when Taliban militants boldly attack an American base in Kunar Province, which borders Pakistan. It's the most deadly against U.S. troops in three years.

Aug. 18 and 19, Afghanistan: as many as 15 suicide bombers backed by about 30 militants attack a U.S. military base, Camp Salerno, in Bamiyan. Fighting between U.S. troops and members of the Taliban rages overnight. No U.S. troops are killed.

Sept. 16, Yemen: a car bomb and a rocket strike the U.S. embassy in Yemen as staff arrived to work, killing 16 people, including 4 civilians. At least 25 suspected al-Qaeda militants are arrested for the attack.

Nov. 26, India: in a series of attacks on several of Mumbai's landmarks and commercial hubs that are popular with Americans and other foreign tourists, including at least two five-star hotels, a hospital, a train station, and a cinema. About 300 people are wounded and nearly 190 people die, including at least 5 Americans.

2009

Feb. 9, Iraq: a suicide bomber kills four American soldiers and their Iraqi translator near a police checkpoint.

April 10, Iraq: a suicide attack kills five American soldiers and two Iraqi policemen.

June 1, Little Rock, Arkansas: Abdulhakim Muhammed, a Muslim convert from Memphis, Tennessee, is charged with shooting two soldiers outside a military recruiting center. One is killed and the other is wounded. In a January 2010 letter to the judge hearing his case, Muhammed asked to change his plea from not guilty to guilty, claimed ties to al-Qaeda, and called the shooting a jihadi attack "to fight those who wage war on Islam and Muslims."

Dec. 25: A Nigerian man on a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit attempted to ignite an explosive device hidden in his underwear. The explosive device that failed to detonate was a mixture of powder and liquid that did not alert security personnel in the airport. The alleged bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, told officials later that he was directed by the terrorist group Al Qaeda. The suspect was already on the government's watch list when he attempted the bombing; his father, a respected Nigerian banker, had told the U.S. government that he was worried about his son's increased extremism.

Dec. 30, Iraq: a suicide bomber kills eight Americans civilians, seven of them CIA agents, at a base in Afghanistan. It's the deadliest attack on the agency since 9/11. The attacker is reportedly a double agent from Jordan who was acting on behalf of al-Qaeda.

2010

May 1, New York City: a car bomb is discovered in Times Square, New York City after smoke is seen coming from a vehicle. The bomb was ignited, but failed to detonate and was disarmed before it could cause any harm. Times Square was evacuated as a safety precaution. Faisal Shahzad pleads guilty to placing the bomb as well as 10 terrorism and weapons charges.

May 10, Jacksonville, Florida: a pipe bomb explodes while approximately 60 Muslims are praying in the mosque. The attack causes no injuries.

Oct. 29: two packages are found on separate cargo planes. Each package contains a bomb consisting of 300 to 400 grams (11-14 oz) of plastic explosives and a detonating mechanism. The bombs are discovered as a result of intelligence received from Saudi Arabia's security chief. The packages, bound from Yemen to the United States, are discovered at en route stop-overs, one in England and one in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

2011

Jan. 17, Spokane, Washington: a pipe bomb is discovered along the route of the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial march. The bomb, a "viable device" set up to spray marchers with shrapnel and to cause multiple casualties, is defused without any injuries.

See also U.S.-Designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations; Suspected al-Qaeda Terrorist Acts.



[1] The Making of an American Jihadist: Abdulhakim Mujahid MuhammadIPT News
April 15, 2011

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