Thursday, August 10, 2006

Seeing Red

Keeping it brief because I have to go oil my firearms and buy some duct tape, British authorities report today that they have "foiled" a plot by suspected Al-Qaida terrorists to blow up as many as 10 US airliners. You can read the story here, or continue perusing my acerbic assessment of the situation.

Good choice. In any case, conspiracy theories aside, this looks, according to US sources, to be “the real deal”. At the core of this investigation was the discovery that terrorists were planning on using “liquid explosives” as they simultaneously detonated multiple aircraft originating from Heathrow Airport. In response, British officials have banned all personal electronics, hand carried luggage (good news, people from Uganda, you can still transport wicker baskets on your head, apparently), and all liquids from all flights for the foreseeable future.

Quite chilling, and my hat is off to law enforcement personnel here and across the pond for thwarting this attack.

But.

What are even more disturbing are the following statements, taken directly from the article:

Statement Number One:

The suspects were “homegrown,” though it was not immediately clear if they were all British citizens, said a police official who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the case. Police were working closely with the South Asian community, the official said.

I’m sorry, but that’s about as far from “homegrown” as you can possibly get. I don’t care what their passport says; South Asian Muslims are by no means British citizens. British people are. The biggest threat to Britain, and the world at large, is the rampant, unchecked migration of people (in this case, their humanity is severely in question) from Third World toilets and terrorist breeding grounds to the civilized world. Keep it homogeneous, and keep it safe.

Statement Number Two:

Laptop computers, mobile phones, iPods, and remote controls were among the items banned from being carried on board. Liquids, such as hair care products, were also barred on flights in both Britain and the U.S., raising the possibility that authorities were searching for a liquid explosive.

Huh. Instead of infringing upon the rights of civilized people everywhere, why not just strip search and / or ban Muslims? I know, I know, Islam is the religion of peace, gotcha. That’s funny, because I simply don’t see Catholics, Jews, Baptists, Hindus, Buddhists, Episcopalians, Shintos, Mormons, Amish, Russian Orthodox or Seventh Day Adventists plotting to blow up airplanes. Where I come from, if the dog shits in the corner of the room, you don’t beat the cat.

Statement Number Three:

Hannah Pillinger, 24, seemed less concerned by the announcement. “Eight hours without an iPod, that’s the most inconvenient thing,” she said, waiting at the Manchester airport.
Hmm.


You know what, on second thought, maybe a dozen or so 747’s simultaneously bursting into blazing fireballs is exactly what the white, Christian world needs to wake up out of the fog of self-possession that they have been operating under since, oh, I don’t know, 1969 or so. You’d think that September 11th , the Madrid train bombing, and the London Underground attacks would have shaken these people free of their shallowness and vanity. How quickly we forget. Here’s to you, Hannah, may you and your iPod be seated next to Achmed Bin Ramadan for eight hours when Britain finally lifts its travel restrictions. Let’s see if you recalibrate your definition of “inconvenience” then.

In the 11th Century, when the Saracens invaded the Holy Lands, Popes Gregory VII and Urban II struggled with the idea of launching an all out holy war, and their hesitation led to the fall of Jerusalem, Damascus, Tripoli, Acre, Constantinople and much of Spain. Where are our Milites Christi now? Our Knights Hospitaller? Our Khevsur warriors?

Right. Sitting in Starbucks, drinking $4.50 Venti Half-Caf Mocha Latte-chinos while text-messaging each other on their pink camera phones about how “inconvenient” it is to go without their iPods for 11 minutes.

You know, it’s hard to win a baseball game when your right fielder is picking his nose and your third baseman is examining the dandelions growing along the infield border. Just let me paint the Maltese Cross on the stock of my AR-15 and then put me in coach; I’m ready to play.

2 Comments:

Blogger Scott said...

Vallanin, you are pure rock and roll my friend. I won't be beating my cat either. I read a Thomas Friedman article a long time ago that basically said to shut the borders to any middle eastern country until they've cleaned up the mess that is spilling over from their bastardized religion. I don't for a second believe that Islam is evil, but it is being used by bad men as an excuse to peform it, and to motivate impoverished and hopeless people to join ranks.

This thwarted attack will be a boon to supporters of national security, and should turn the tides back toward republican candidates. The democrats should shut the hell up about Iraq and security issues. The question I have is, what if John Kerry were president right now? Those attacks would likely have succeeded with the wire taps. And worse, they would have blamed GW for stirring up the hornets nest. And worse yet, the world would have believed it.

Friday, August 11, 2006 8:48:00 AM  
Blogger Valannin said...

Scott, responding to your comment had me babbling on, so instead it gets its own post. Thanks for the inspiration!

Friday, August 11, 2006 12:59:00 PM  

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